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What if....?

Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:32 am
 
The only sure thing in the BCS title chase entering the second-to-last weekend of the season is chaos.  Well, and that LSU will play for the title if it finishes 13-0.

But, what if....

...Alabama beats Auburn?  Barring other upsets, Alabama is likely to play for the title too, but it's not a sure thing.  Voters could get to December 4th and decide they don't want a rematch and/or do want to reward a conference champion.  Is that likely?  It wouldn't seem so, and the only team I could imagine voters going for otherwise would be current human poll No. 6 Oklahoma State.  It's going to be tough for the Cowboys to catch Alabama with Virginia Tech and Stanford ahead of them in the polls though.

...Arkansas beats LSU?  Well, assuming Alabama beats Auburn also, the SEC West falls into a three-way tiebreaker, which in this case, would be decided by BCS standings and head-to-head.  The lowest-rated team of the three in this coming Sunday's rankings would be eliminated, and then head-to-head between the other two would decide it.

So, traditional voting patterns would indicate LSU would drop to third (he who loses last, loses worst).  That would give Alabama the division crown.  You could also make a case for ordering them Arkansas, LSU, Alabama (they beat each other, of course, but Bama's win came at home, while the others won on the road).  That would give Arkansas the West title.  I can't imagine Arkansas winning and still being third, but if that happened, LSU is still the West champion.

In any event, whichever team won would play for the BCS title as a 12-1 SEC champion.  That team's opponent is more uncertain, but it could be one of its divison foes, or again, Oklahoma State.

...Georgia wins the SEC?  I don't think it's a difficult concept to accept that the top two teams in the country could be in the same conference.  But, if that is truly the case, don't you think one of them could manage to win the league?

If the Bulldogs pull it off, expect them to shoot way up the rankings.  They might end up even being the top rated SEC team in the human polls (assuming they beat Georgia Tech this week).  In 2001, two-loss, Big 12 champion Colorado finished ahead of one-loss Nebraska in the polls, but NU ended up in the BCS title game anyway because the polls were only 25% of the formula back then.
In any event, this is the best case scenario for an Oklahoma State or Virginia Tech (if the voters still love them) to get into the title game.  I doubt very seriously that we would have two non-champion SEC teams playing for the BCS title.  However, if that does happen, Georgia still would get to go the Sugar Bowl as the SEC titlist.  That situation is the one exception to the two-team-per-conference limit.

Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:32 pm
 

What if....?

Defenses wins National Championships. The SEC builds strong defenses and that's why the SEC has the last five National Championships. Oklahoma State, USC, Texas and others are into the fun and gun offenses and that's just it. When they collide with the defense (of the SEC) they crumble in the big games. They can't handle the pressure. I can see where a one-sided fan may want to see points racked up, but those of us that watch the game on both sides of the ball think the game was awesome.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:13 pm
 

What if....?

U think thats funny wait untill the NCAA starts your investigation at LSU , u clowns will be like SMU



Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:58 pm
 

What if....?

Alas, we have another year where the great debate of having a playoff system should be implemented. "The college football playoff debate is a normative discourse among college football fans, journalists, conference representatives, government officials, university administrators, coaches, and players concerning whether or not the current postseason format of the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) should be changed or modified. Playoff proponents argue that a bracket-style playoff cha
mpionship should replace the current Bowl Championship Series, while others advocate for a Plus-one format, which would create a single national championship game with participants selected after the conclusion of the traditional bowl season. This debate has been ongoing since at least 1971." (citation Wiki) College Football is the bread-winner for all colleges with the enormous television revenue being pumped into the university coffers' it really is time to seriously consider a play-off system...



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:50 pm
 

What if....?

13 for the best team in ncaa history. ALright Bama. Maybe 14 this year? Does winning the coaches poll count as another title?



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:46 pm
 

What if....?

 Anyway, Bama has won 13 titles compared to 3 for LSU. Wink Go Bama Roll Tide!

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LMFAO 13? 



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:31 pm
 

What if....?

if Georgia wins out by beating GaTech and an undefeated unanimous #1 LSU and thus finishes the season on an 11 game winning streak they should also get consideration for the Championship game...... if OKST loses to OK. 

 There is NO WAY teams like VATech or Stanford, who haven't had a single impressive victory all season, should even be considered.
(Although perhaps Boise St would be deserving in this scenario since they beat Georgia...which would certainly be more impressive than anything accomplished by VATech and Stanford)



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:10 pm
 

What if....?

Let's all admit the BCS is flawed, remember back in 2003 when Oklahoma played in the BCS national championship versus LSU. The Sooners were pummeled by the Kansas State Wildcats 35-7 in the Big 12 championship game that year. If LSU wins out they deserve a shot at the title, I don't care how ugly the win over Alabama was. The most important statistic of a college football game is the final score. If LSU plays Bama again, so be it ! We're 2-0 in national championship games played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, bring it on. I'm sure our men will welcome the challenge ! All I have to say is the Hogs,Dawgs and Tide all have one thing in common, they're TIGER BAIT !!!!!



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:07 pm
 

What if....?

i thought this was supposed to be about the best two teams regardless of the snooze factor as you put it. some people believe it or not like defensive battles. you are not the center of the universe



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:02 pm
 

What if....?

Sorry Tide fan, but you are the one that said the computers were smarter than people, and the computers have Oklahoma State rated higher than Bama, even after OSU lost to Iowa State.  By the way, only Bama fan thinks they have won 13 titles.  You can't annoint yourself king and expect others to believe it. 


TDAISON
Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:49 pm
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