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National notes

Posted on: November 11, 2009 10:31 am
Edited on: November 12, 2009 11:32 am

Happy birthday, of sorts, to the Associated Press poll. The 1,000th AP poll was released this week with Florida at No. 1.

Historical perspective: Back in 1936 when the first poll debuted Florida was kicking off a 4-6 season under Josh Cody. The Gators weren’t ranked in AP until 1950 during a 5-5 season under Bob Woodruff.

Minnesota was No. 1 in that first poll. I think we all know where the Gophers are these days in terms of poll relevance – underground.

I bring all this up because the AP poll might be our lifeboat this season. With the season hurtling toward a BCS-record four undefeated teams at the end, we are squarely in line for split national champions.

That would be more than fair in the only game where the national championship matchup that frequently isn't decided on the field.

Here’s the scenario for your split national champion:

BCS title game: Alabama, Florida or Texas win the big game. One of three will finish 14-0 and be the BCS champion.

Fiesta Bowl: TCU defeats USC or Iowa to finish 13-0.

Sugar Bowl: Cincinnati defeats the SEC championship game loser, Alabama or Florida, to finish 13-0.

Poinsettia Bowl: Boise State beats a two-loss Utah to finish 13-0.

Who do you pick? The reality is that it will be hard for the voters to ignore the title game winner. We had chaos in 2003 because the BCS somehow rated No. 1 in the polls USC No. 3. That gave the voters a motive, fairness, elevate the Trojans in AP.

Keep dreaming Boise, Cincy and TCU.

Don’t hold your breath, Boise. That talk already has started about there being two non-BCS schools in the BCS. Even more, perhaps pitting TCU and Boise in a battle of non-BCS unbeatens.

Here’s why it won’t happen: In the TCU-Boise argument don't forget that these two teams played 10 months ago. I would love to see this game in the Fiesta Bowl (which is the only place it can happen in the BCS) but the fact a two-loss Penn State or USC will probably jump Boise. They can rationalize it because Boise is, frankly, an old story. Given the option the Fiesta Bowl will exercise that option. Unfair? Sure, but a bowl never changes its stripes (or something like that).
The Fiesta will argue that it has more than done its part for the BCS by taking Utah and Boise in previous years. It is reaaalllly sensitive about becoming the depository for the non-AQs. Taking TCU will be enough. 

Another replay mind-blower. According to this story most replay booths don’t have HD monitors.

You have to be kidding me? We can watch the game at home in HD, the television production trucks have HD, but the guys making the decisions are watching on the same low resolution sets that have been around for years?

Amazing. In the case of Saturday’s LSU-Alabama controversy you can see why perhaps replay official Gerald Hodges ruled inconclusive evidence. You can also see why there was outrage.

We may have had a better view?

It’s not like these conferences can’t afford to upgrade. Do yourselves a favor, commissioners, and save the possible embarrassment of missing a key call. Go to Best Buy and start loading up the shopping cart.


Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2009 9:44 pm

National notes

Great point, also, Dennis if you read this, you seam to be going back and forth all over the place about this TCU-Utah game. On the preview video you say TCU goes undefeated, yet then this week in your top-25 picks you have Utah over TCU. Here you have them undefeated AND Utah with one loss. I am very confused as to how this is reconciled inside you and would love to know what your REAL pick for this weekend's biggest game (at least for all us non-BCS fans) is. What do you say? Taking a stand? Shout it out!

Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2009 5:38 pm

National notes

Hey Dodd, why don't you harp on the LSU-Alabama game some more?
BTW, how do you figure TCU to be undefeated and Utah to only have one loss in the bowls, when the two teams meet in the next game (9-0 TCU vs. 7-1 Utah)?

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2009 4:53 pm

Utes finishing with one loss.... hahahahaha!!!!!

Utah will not finish the regular season with just one loss.

Utah will not finish the season with two losses.

Utah will be 9-3 to complete the regular season with losses to TCU, BYU and Oregon.

Everyone is ingnoring the warning signs:  Overtime with Air Force, Struggling against mediocre Colorado State and, even worse, struggling against the terrible Wyoming Cowboys at HOME.  The offense is letargic, and no, putting 45 points on New Mexico does not mean the offensive woes are solved... its the winless, punchless Lobos people!!!

Of course the media has felt that Wyoming was worth something because they have been doing a cursory glance at the conference standings.  Wyoming will finish the season 4-8.  They are not in any sense a good football team.  Utah was losing to Wyoming 10-9 in the 4th quarter until late heroics salvaged the game.

TCU will punish Utah this Saturday and then, apparently, the afterglow from the Sugar Bowl will be extinguished and relegated where it belongs... in 2008.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2009 2:11 pm

most replay booths donít have HD monitors....

Will analog monitors turn green grass into white? What was the replay offical watching black and white?

Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2009 11:58 am

Boise Playing a One Loss Utah Team

You've really outdone yourself here. I am really curious to know how Utah is going to be a one loss team (since they already have one loss) and TCU go to a BCS bowl. Are they going to tie? Does Utah's first loss not count? Are TCU and Utah going to tie this weekend? Not play? I hope they end up with one loss but that would remove TCU from BCS bowl contention.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2009 10:48 am
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