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Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Posted on: November 9, 2008 7:52 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2008 8:50 pm

The BCS question of the week: If Oklahoma beats Texas Tech in two weeks ,which Big 12 team wins the South and could ultimately get to the BCS title game?

The national championship chase is basically down to six teams if you make a reach and include No. 6 (in the BCS) USC. As of this moment, it's pretty much assured that the Big 12 and SEC will meet in South Florida.

Alabama and Texas Tech remained 1-2 in the BCS standings released on Sunday. Now the intrigue: Texas moved up to No. 3, followed by Florida and Oklahoma. All three Big 12 teams in the top five have a chance to win the Big 12 South.

An Oklahoma win in two weeks would create a three-way tie for the division. (Oklahoma still has still has to go to Oklahoma State on Nov. 29) That tie would be broken by the highest-ranked BCS team at the end of the regular season.

So who gets it?

"Can't say," Jerry Palm told me Sunday afternoon.

This much we do know: Texas has a huge advantage over Oklahoma in the computers, .920-.820. Palm says, in theory, all OU would have to do is pass Texas in the computers. That's possible considering Oklahoma's stronger schedule than Texas down the stretch.

There's also a huge variable -- the human polls. Texas jumped over Oklahoma on Sunday in the Harris poll.

The outrage in all this -- at least for Texas -- is that Oklahoma lost to the Longhorns and could be playing for the Big 12 title instead of Texas.

Another scenario. Texas Tech could lose in two weeks and still win the South if Oklahoma State beats Oklahoma. In that case, Texas and Texas Tech would be tied but the Red Raiders hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

 After watching the quality of play in the LSU-Alabama game -- folks, it was not good -- I don't want to hear anything about how the Big 12 somehow takes a back seat to the SEC.


Example: In the 19 games since Ruffin McNeil took over as Texas Tech's defensive coordinator, the Red Raiders are giving up an average of 22 points and 330 yards having forced 35 turnovers.

Last season Texas Tech gave up 610 yards and 49 points to Oklahoma State. After the game Setenich resigned and was replaced by McNeil. On Saturday, Texas Tech gave up only 368 yards and 20 points.

"Our defense is never mentioned in the same breath with our offense," McNeil said. "Our offense is so consistent. That's where we're trying to get."

 Texas Tech became the second team since 1965 to beat a top 10 team the week after beating No. 1. The last team to accomplish what was Oklahoma in 1984. The Sooners beat No. 1 Nebraska, then beat No. 3 Oklahoma State.


 There was word circulating that the Rose Bowl would break its cast-in-stone (and broken only by the BCS) tradition of matching the Pac-10 and Big Ten.


There were some in the Rose administration -- just like us -- who simply did not want to see Ohio State and USC play again. Who wants to see a re-run of also-rans?

After Saturday, it looks like the Rose will be juuuuust fine. If you consider Oregon State vs. Penn State "fine." That would be a rematch of Penn State's Sept. 6 rout of the Beavers but any major bowl with Joe Paterno in it would be better than Trojans-Buckeyes.

The Nittany Lions' one-point loss to Iowa just about dropped the Big Ten out of the national championship picture. Penn State can still win out (against Indiana and Michigan State) and still capture the Big Ten.

The looming surprise is that with four weeks to go, Oregon State still controls its own destiny in the Pac-10. The Beavers stayed on track with an impressive 34-6 victory over UCLA. The pesky Beavers have Cal and Oregon at home before going to Arizona for the season-finale on Nov. 29.

That's not exactly a daunting schedule considering the Pac-10 is going to have to hustle to fill its six bowl slots. Only five teams are above .500.

Oregon State would be making its first Rose Bowl appearance since 1965.

 Nothing like sacking up for your lame duck coach.


Hard to tell who should be more embarrassed -- Tennessee's players for laying down to punchless Wyoming or Fulmer who couldn't squeeze a win-one-for-the skipper game out of the Vols.

Incredibly, Wyoming coach Joe Glenn, almost a certainty to be fired himself, is 3-1 against the SEC.

 The ACC is the only I-A conference with at least two conference losses by every member school.


 How bad is the Pac-10? It is basically down to Stanford (5-5) to fill all six of its bowls. Only five teams to this point are bowl eligible. The Cardinal have to beat USC at home or win at Cal to become bowl eligible. 


 Happy 79th to Bobby Bowden who celebrated his birthday with a victory over Clemson that put Florida State in a tie with Wake Forest for a tie in the ACC Atlantic.



Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 1:28 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

I would love to see a USC-Bama or Florida game. They'll acually see a defense for the first time this year. Look what the Beavers did to them, a 7 and 3 team?

USC sits atop a turd callled the PAC10 who can't beat their way out of a paper bag! No wonder USC looks like a hardcore team. Oh you beat Arkansa and Auburn, WOW. Make that statement when you beat Florida, Georgia, Bama, or LSU. USC would get swallowed in the SEC. It would be years before USC ran the table in the SEC. They might be able to compete with Vandy or SC.

Even the BIG12 would probably swallow USC. You would own the rest of the inferior conferences. Get off your high USC horse, when you play a schedule year in and year out like the SEC is forced to do or the BIG12 south the last few years, then we'll see what USC is all about.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2008 7:33 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

And a few more notes. After USC beats Stanford tomorrow Pete Carroll's record will be 85-15. And to all of you SEC and Big 10 (11) can't count teams complain about the PAC 10, all USC has done is crush both of your conferences. Arkansas (sweep), Auburn (sweep), Michigan (destroyed twice), Illinois (throttled last year), Ohio State (trampled upon this year). It's no wonder nobody has responded to me. If you don't have a case the best thing to do is keep quiet and NEVER make the mistake of calling USC an also-ran. Not if you don't have a leg to stand on.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2008 5:52 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Very well written article. Two questions. #1 Who is your team? #2 USC is an also-ran? Has your team been in a BCS Bowl Game 6 years in a row? Doubt it. Have they won 5 games? No, they couldn't have because USC is the only one to do it. Now swallow that!

Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2008 12:43 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

"The outrage in all this -- at least for Texas -- is that Oklahoma lost to the Longhorns and could be playing for the Big 12 title instead of Texas."

But it's a three-way tie?!?

Why isn't the quote "The outrage in all this -- at least for Texas Tech -- is that Texas lost to the Red Raiders and could be playing for the Big 12 title instead of Tech."

Or (assuming for a moment, OU beats Tech)...

"The outrage in all this -- at least for Oklahoma -- is that Tech lost to the Sooners and could be playing for the Big 12 title instead of Oklahoma.

Why do you ALWAYS write your column from a viewpoint of poor, poor Texas - when in the three-way tie scenario, all three have the exact same gripe!

But yet, you focus on Texas...

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2008 7:54 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Who the hell would have the play-offs before the conference chanpionships? A dumb-ass writer maybe.

Freeze the standings at the end of the regular season before the championships (the top eleven go to the play-off, defending national champion or no. 1 gets a by), then have the conference championships. These games have no bearing on the standings, because once you're in, you're in. You can be a conference champion without going to the play-offs. Why send a no. 25 WVU to the play-offs just to get blown out. As the teams lose they peel off to their respective bowls, the rose (highest ranking Pac-10 and Big-10 same as it's always been, esxcept under the BCS), Orange, Sugar, and the same as the Fiesta. The final two go to the championship game, if one or both are conference champions then the no. 2's go to their respective bowls.

This isn't brain surgery, or rocket science. But to a bunch of writers it probably is. All they do is sit around and find things to criticize people about anyway.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:37 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

The thought that the BCS makes the regular season "like a playoff" is absolutely silly when you really stop and think about it.

In a playoff, when a team loses, that team is eliminated and the team that beat them advances. But when we are left with no unbeatens, then that means everyone has lost a "playoff game", so then, how can we crown a champion?

You see, the regular season is not "like a playoff". It was never meant to be "like a playoff".

It's the regular season! That's all it is. That's all it ever should be.

If the regular season was "like a playoff", then a team (LSU) who lost two "like a playoff" games won the title last year.

Kinda silly when ya think of it in those terms, don't ya think?

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2008 3:55 pm

Random thoughts on a football Saturday

Come on Dodd. Until you media types quit praising the BcS, we are stuck with it. They obviously are not going to change just because the fans want it. It is going to take some major push by the media to get us into a DIv 1-A playoff.

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