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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: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:52 am
 

What if....?

I don't doubt LSU and Alabama are the two best teams in the country.  But the national championship game is not set up theoretically.  You have to win on the field.  Only one of them should come out of the SEC.  Besides, a rematch is patently unfair to the team which won the first game.  To beat a great team twice in one season is a tall order.  LSU has already won this match for this year.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:51 am
 

What if....?

I love college football.  I hate the BCS and all of the babbling and arguing that ensues each season.  Just shut up about it already.



Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:36 am
 

What if....?

Remember a few years back when Michigan and Ohio State were the two best teams in the NCAA, and they played each other, and it was epic?  Remember when the SEC fans had a collective epileptic seizure at even the mention of a rematch in the title game?  Yeah, suck it, nobody wan't to watch a 14-13 snoozefest of a game...again.



Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:08 am
 

What if....?

HogAuthority - And LSU's defense will do the samething with your Hogs - get turnovers!!  #2 defense in the country, have played against a better QB than yours this year.  I'll take an awesome defense over a good offense anytime.  That's what will be on display tis Friday.  Anything can happen!! 




Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:12 am
 

What if....?

How can their offense be suspect when they have scored 40, 49, 19, 47, 35, 41, 38, 45, 9, 42, and 52 points playing what is arguably the toughest schedule in the nation this year. The LSU offense seems to be just fine to me.


@jwk50

Because LSU's defense scores points and and or put the offense in position for EZ scores .  LSU offense is ranked #73 in the Nation.  We do not have great defense like LSU or Bama but it is better than your offense.  Tecfhnically your defense is better than our offense but our strenght is against your strenght.  In short we match up well to LSU and what you guys try to do.  That is why we win 3 of last 4 with Petrino.

Please blitz!!!  I think they should send the whole house. But I do think you are the LSU Offense will be just fine but they are suspect.

Hogs 28 Tigger 17 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:50 am
 

What if....?

try to make an original argument, instead of one that is simply rehashing the standard whining you hear everywhere else....just trying to help...



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:53 am
 

What if....?

Well you know... In the NFL, they also have something called playoffs where WILDCARDS get a chance. Not some computers and voters determine who is playing for a title. College football is the only sport in the world you can go undefeated and not win the championship. Settle it on the field. It is such a ridiculous concept, it is hard to ever take it seriously.

In 2004, EVERYONE thought Oklahoma was the team to beat. They were nearly unstoppable. They were going to crush Boise by 50. Guess what? They lost. This is why the games are played ON THE FIELD, but it doesn't work that way in college football. 90% is purely hypothetical because there is no playoff to settle it on the field.... Only pure speculation and computers. Hah.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:20 am
 

What if....?

So lets get this straight.  The SEC has a whole season and a playoff and needs the BCS Bowl to determine a champion.  Enough already.  I think the BCS should always be two teams from different conferences.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:17 am
 

What if....?

it's a fair statement.  same could be said for bama's offense which has put up: 48, 27, 41, 38, 38, 34, 52, 37, 6, 24, & 45 points respectivly.   doesn't take away from the team as a whole; it's clear in both cases the defenses are top notch



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:05 am
 

Ridiculous

These conf. championship games where teams meet for the 2nd time in the same season are stupid. Get on with a playoff already.


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