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Coaches hit the BCS campaign trail

Posted on: November 17, 2010 3:07 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 3:08 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

You may have thought you were finally in the clear.  After weeks of being bombarded by campaign advertisements on your television, the elections have finally happened and you can now get back to your normal diet of beer commercials and erectile dysfunction ads.  Still, just because the campaigning may be over on your television, the country's true campaign is just getting started, one that is far more important than who do you want to send to Washington.

No, this one is about who you want to send to Arizona to play for the BCS title.

Coaches have hit the campaign trail in full force, including LSU head coach Les Miles.  The Mad Hatter has talked his team's way into a BCS title game before, so he figures he may as well give it another shot, once again explaining to the world that the SEC is just harder than any other conference to play in.

"I only know this about this conference," Miles said. "The highest ranked team to come out of this conference should well have an opportunity to play in the national championship game."

As of now, that team would be Auburn, and unless its wins are vacated, Auburn controls its own destiny. Beat Alabama and South Carolina, and nothing will keep them from playing for the national title.  But what if Auburn loses one, or even both of those games?  You know who would likely be the highest rated team in the SEC then?

That's right, LSU.

Still, this isn't a tactic solely being utilized by the boys in the big time conference.  No, TCU head coach Gary Patterson is on the trail as well. Patterson will be at ESPN headquarters on Friday to run the gamut of the network's eleventy billion media outlets to make sure that the world understands that TCU deserves to play for a title if it's undefeated.

"You won't see me beat my chest," Patterson told the Dallas Morning News. "I'll state the case of what TCU has to offer; the culmination of what we've done the last six years. Sometimes that gets lost.

"I think Boise and TCU both have proven over the last five years that no matter what conference you play in, we can play at a high level."

You can tell that Patterson is new to all this, because a seasoned vet would realize you don't say flattering things about your competition during a campaign.  The only time he should be mentioning Boise State is when he's alleging that Kellen Moore is on the take.


Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 9:25 am

Coaches hit the BCS campaign trail

I don't expect the investigation into the shenanigans of the Newton's to be completed in time to affect this season.  Auburn may never be required to vacate wins. I wouldn't want to see that this year anyway. If they are going to be penalized I'd rather see them start out the year knowing they are not eligible.

If LSU makes it to the National Championship Game I want it to be the result of play ON the field. I know Auburn beat us, but LSU could still finish the year as the highest ranked SEC team. Alabama and South Carolina are both capable of beating Auburn. I think Alabama is going to come out looking to prove they are sill the strongest team in the state of Alabama, and South Carolina with the 'ole ball coach still having a trick or two up his sleeve can finish the job.

Coach Miles is just pointing out that in the NCG, as the strongest conference out there, the SEC has pretty much put the beat down on all comers lately. Especially the Big 12 and Big 10, with Ohio State being our favorite whipping boy! 

The record speaks for itself with the last 4 in a row, and 5 out of the last 7 winners of the NCG coming from the SEC. It's been a long time since the SEC was taken down in the NCG. 

In Coach Miles vernacular, our Champion deserves a spot in the NCG based on the result of being a "DAMN STRONG CONFERENCE" !

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