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National notes

Posted on: November 4, 2009 1:50 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2009 11:02 am

 Please ignore Washaun Ealey. A cheap shot is a cheap shot is a cheap shot. It doesn’t matter if Ealey thinks so.

Part of this Brandon Spikes thing is about the power of the internet. Spikes’ eye gouge was shown Saturday during the CBS telecast. The replay became viral Sunday afternoon on YouTube. Amazing that it wasn’t an issue to millions of people watching live but after millions of people alerted by the internet replay, Florida felt compelled to do something. Not because Spikes necessarily committed a penalty but because he’d been caught on camera.

A fine whine from Iowa: The e-mail from Iowa sports information this week starts with the sentence, “It seems popular for national pundits to criticize the University of Iowa football team these days …”

The e-mail then goes to inform the reader that Iowa has defeated more teams with winning records than Cincinnati, TCU, Oregon and Boise State. The winning percentage of its opponents is higher than Oregon, TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State. Iowa has defeated as many top 25 BCS teams as Oregon (three).

One point: What are the Iowa flaks bitching about? Their team is No. 4 in the BCS and a heartbeat away from the national championship. It is essentially ranked as the best team in the country beyond Florida, Alabama and Texas. Not bad for a team that wins games with cushion shots.

Attendance issues: TCU and Boise State fans might be whining about which school deserves to go to a BCS bowl, but they aren’t showing up to watch their teams.

There were 11,000 empty seats in Fort Worth on Saturday to watch the Frogs shut out UNLV. It’s not like the game was widely televised. Once again, Versus did its best to keep TCU a secret.  Amon Carter Stadium only holds 44,000.

Boise State can’t sell out 33,500 Bronco Stadium but still has plans to expand the stadium.  Idaho Statesman columnist Brian Murphy breaks it down perfectly.

At least those two schools fans aren’t front runners. Only 67,700 showed up at Florida State to watch the Noles play N.C. State. That’s the smallest crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium since 1993.

 Notre Dame sports information has compiled the remaining schedule strength of the top 25 teams in the BCS. Turns out that the Irish, No. 22 in the BCS, have the third-toughest remaining schedule behind Ohio State and Pittsburgh.

The remaining four games are against Navy, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Stanford. Will beating those four be enough to raise the Irish into the top 14 where they will need to be to get a BCS bowl? We’ll see.

More to the point is whether ND can run the table. Navy (6-3) and Pittsburgh (7-1) are bowl eligible. Stanford (5-3) and UConn (4-4) could be.

 A.J. Green has a “pulmonary contusion”? That’s what they’re calling a bruised lung at Georgia. At least it wasn’t an eye gouge.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2009 10:58 am

National notes - a win is not a win!

When I grew up in the 1970's there seemed to be a contest among the top teams on running up the scores, which was wrong.  But believe me that a the "win is a win" is just a wrong and find out if a common opponent was beat 30 or 37 points.  

It really matters if a team plays well and struggles to win a game (Alabama against Tennesse) and Florida against Arkansas, versus say those two teams against the rest of the schedule.    The fact that Iowa has 5 such close games is certainly a factor in how they should be ranked.   Not to mention that they were down to Indiana last week before a big 4th quarter rally to win 18.   The big three teams all have only one close win in their unbeaten season.  

I tend to mentally put a victory in one of three classifications:

Lucky to win
Won a tough game
Had it in hand.  

You actually have to watch the game and pay attention to put a victory in one of those classifications.   The Alabama win over Tennesse was a game that Tennesse had in the tough win classification until the last couple minutes and were lucky to win with a blocked field goal,  Lucky to win.    The Iowa game was a tough contest even though the end score showed different.   The Florida win over LSU did not seem as close as the 13-3 final score.  Every overtime victory to me is a lucky to win game. 

The computers had Iowa ranked number 1 last week and number 2 this week.   I personally do not buy it.   They have beaten Penn State (#11) Wisconson (#21) and Arizona (#24) and several other teams with barely winning records, but played a bad N. Iowa (5-2 in AA since Iowa) and Arkansas St (#104) close as well.    I personally am more impressed by Boise beating Oregon (#8) in hand and a whole bunch of not ranked teams. 

The problem with how the computers seem to be currently programed is margin of victory seems to be taken completely out of the formula.    That is as wrong as making it way to important.  

I am in favor of a 16 team playoff with 11 conference champs and 5 at large teams all seeded 1-16.    I would like to the "RPI" style tool used to do that really take into account out of conference schedule, type of victory, in conference schedule, to rank the best teams.   Then a human committee, like the Basketball tournament, would do the rest.  

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2009 10:23 am

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Is it just me, or the fact that the money and fanbase have more to do with the BCS than the play of a football team just seem wrong?  I'm an Illinois fan and so I do have a Big Ten bias, and if Iowa finishes undefeated and doesn't get into the BCS National Championship game I'll be upset, but what how do fans of Cincy, TCU, Boise State do if they go undefeated and might not even get invited to a BCS Bowl.  It's time for the importance of money and ratings to be knocked down the list of priorities when it comes to deciding a National Champion.  BCS has to change.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2009 1:25 am

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I don't really care for the Big Least, but at least Cincy has a credible schedule to DESERVE to be included in the BCS discussion.  Boise on the other hand only needs to win 1 game and their basically in.  I hope they do make it in and who ever is paired against them blows them out 200 - 10 and then puts them out of our misery.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2009 1:08 am

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I think someone mentioned this, but to be fair to TCU, they are one of the smaller schools in the FBS, and their school is smack in the middle of Longhorn country.

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 11:27 pm

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Well said.  And as if he does not listen to sports commentary other than the voices in his head...  But then again, it would explain...  

Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:46 pm

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Excepting your first paragraph, your argument was one of the few grammatically correct, cogent, thoughtful, and intelligent that I have seen on these boards.  I have no idea if this was a 'gator nation' issue.  I also don't really care.  Kudos on having some measure of intelligent insight.

Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:41 pm

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Dennis, I just want to compliment you on a job well done.  I always get a kick out of some of the commenters trashing you, but I notice they keep coming back -- they're reading, talking, bumping up those page views.  You and Stewart Mandel are probably my two favorite college football writers.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:29 pm

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Coming up on the schedule for Cincinnati in 2010- Oklahoma, 2011- @ Tennessee, 2012- @ Ohio State, @ Miami (FL), Virginia Tech.Let me add in one game I didn't mention. Cincinnati also hosts San Diego St. in 2012... that out of conference schedule that year might be the toughest in the nation... I know SDSU isn't much of a draw now, but I think Brady Hoke will do some good things there in the next 2-3 years. I mean, look what he did at Ball State in that period of time. So that San Diego St. team "could" be a quality game as well.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:21 pm

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Cincinnati is sold out the rest of the season. Cincinnati sold out it's last game. The attendance against Southwest Missouri St. and Fresno St. was back when Cincinnati was 1-0 and 3-0, respectively. The Cincinnati Bengals, on the other hand, struggle to sell out on a weekly basis despite a 5-2 start and first place in the AFC North. The economy sucks and its hit Cincinnati hard, but the University of Cincinnati sold out its games, and Paul Brown Stadium will be packed next year when Oklahoma rolls into town.

And the schedule thing for Cincinnati... it's not like they are dodging anyone. Southwest Missouri St. was a replacement at the last minute for Virginia Tech, who had asked to move the game back for scheduling reasons. Fresno is no pushover and that was the first leg of a home-and-home, Miami does suck but that's an old rivalry that Brian Kelly wants to dump, and Oregon State hadn't lost a home game to a non-conference opponent in a decade and a half. Coming up on the schedule for Cincinnati in 2010- Oklahoma, 2011- @ Tennessee, 2012- @ Ohio State, @ Miami (FL), Virginia Tech. Interesting the one team's fan base that consistently gives Cincinnati props is the Oklahoma team that Cincinnati played in Norman last year. 

Cincinnati is not the #1, 2, or 3 team in the country. But they do belong in the top 5 until another team can beat them. 

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 9:47 pm

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 I thought the artical was a fair one. Lets be honest the number of butts in the seats has alot to do about what bowls would like to have you come play and what TV is willing to pay to televise your games. If you cannot  sell out your home why should a BCS bowl game put up millions to have you play before a national crowd. Now you will have those who will say these teams are the best football teams and deserve to play in those games and I would agree but it is not about fairness it is about how much money can be made. Untill there is a playoff this will always be the case. I do not blame Iowa either for trying to promote the school  if they make a BCS game it means big money to the school not only to the athletic dept but to the enrolement as well. Oh well I could go on all day but until there is a playoff we may see a undefeated big10, big east , SEC, big 12, and a handfull of mid-majors claiming they deserve a spot in the big dance.

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