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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.


Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:39 pm

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It is going to be hard for Oklahoma State to get to the BCS championship game afte their loss to Oklahoma this weekend.
The same holds true for Oklahoma.
Just face it - the OKlahoma - Oklahoma State game is going to be for the championship of the state of Oklahoma;  and that'a all!

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:35 pm

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i completely agree with your  post.i have been preaching the no division champ, no conference champ, no BCS champioship rule all week due to the screwing the BCS gave georgia that year.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:33 pm

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I am not a SEC hater, and acknowledge top to bottom it is probably the best conference in the Nation, but I really struggle with an All SEC BCS Championship game, especially when one of the participants didn't even participate in their CONFERENCE Championship game.  I think a one loss Oklahoma State team as Big 12 Champs, or one loss Stanford team as Pac-12 champs, or one loss Virigina Tech team as ACC Champs deserves a shot at the BCS title before a one loss SEC team that did not even participate in their conference championship game.  Just my two cents. 

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:20 pm

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Arkansas beat Texas A&M on a neutral field in Dallas not at home.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:20 pm

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Mr. Trojan - As an Irish fan, I don't have much room to talk, but I would not bank on a Top 3 rating next year.  For one, I would not be shocked if Barkley left early, even with Luck out there.  Even if he stays, don't underestimate the impact of lost scholarships.  Your teams were dominant years ago not just because of great invidividual talent, but because of depth and competition.  Losing 20 scholarships over 2 years will hurt your depth for a few years.

Since: Jun 2, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:14 pm

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rollaford....usc crumbles against sec defenses!! seems to me that the victims of the worst most recent beat downs imposed by usc have been sec schools!!.....and at there house even!! are dillusional!....we will be back next year with barkley at the helm and a young talented team that will start the season in the top three.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:10 pm

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HOGAUTHORITY IF you understood my post I said that Mich and OSU LOST CREDIBILTY WHEN THEY LOST THIER BOWLS GAMES, I have no problem with SEC football, but the Big 10 plays legit Football, all that I'm saying is no rematch and gee by your username you are an ARKANSAS fan so you should agree with me and by the way go HOGS on Friday

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:08 pm

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Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:05 pm

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What if all you SEC haters were to put your money where you mis-informed mouths are?

I'd win a lot of your money, just like I have the past several years was the SEC has taken you tot he cleaners come BCS and bowl season.

That is the what if?

Man up, boys, money talks, your BS walks

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:00 pm

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In 2007 Georgia was 2nd in the BCS behind Ohio St, Lsu was 5th because they lost their last game to Ark but still won the west they had 2 loses, then barely beat a middle of the road Tenn team,they jumped over Georgia, the voters said the reason was Georgia did not win the conf.If ateam does not win their conf they should not go to the NCG. Fans and sports media like predict whos the best but only way to really know is to play the game. Lsu and Ala already played,if the school presidents and AD's were not in bed with the corrupt BCS you would not have this problem.

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