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Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

Posted on: October 22, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 10:38 am
How does that taste Alabama?

Is there hope Oklahoma?

How about you LSU, Auburn?

Forget about the non-BCS schools. They're all but out of it. Oregon just laid a nuclear whipping on UCLA that sends a clear and present message: Resistance is futile by you puny humans.

OK, so it was only UCLA but can you think of a better first-game No. 1 defense -- in history? I'm going to spend Friday trying to look it up. Point being, that as we wring our hands about the SEC's chances at a fifth consecutive national championship one thing is clear. Oregon is the only team in the country that controls its own destiny in the BCS.

It is No. 2 (in the BCS) with a bullet and there is not much resistance in front of it. The Ducks face just one currently ranked team (Arizona) the rest of the way. Good for their prospects, bad, perhaps for their BCS numbers. But when you're No. 1 and winning by an average of 39.3 points maybe it doesn't matter.

You say victory margin doesn't count in the BCS? Bull feathers. It impresses the voters. This wasn't New Mexico or Portland State. This was UCLA which at times has had a pretty good defense. If Oklahoma struggles with Missouri and LSU and Auburn grind it out at Jordan-Hare, voters won't have a hard time deciding who is No. 1 in the polls -- at least for another week.

Look for more of these carpet bombings in the future. Blowouts don't count in the BCS? They really do. Those human polls (Harris and coaches) are still two-thirds of the formula, right?
Category: NCAAF

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:33 am

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

The key phrase was, "it was only UCLA." Look, Oregon is a good team, but they still haven't shown me anything that I didn't see from them last year. They still can't stop anyone, and there will come a time when they will actually need to play some defense. I think they will lose at USC next week. Running up the score on people means nothing except to dimwit sports writers who salivate over winning games by 50 points. By the way, wasn't the whole BCS when it was first introduced supposed to remove the whole running up the score to get style points thing from the equation? I thought computers were unbiased? Whatever.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:14 am


This is why I hate college football: the system rewards blowouts and running up the score, and it makes the entire sport seem classless. Even the classiest coaches (say, Jim Tressel), occasionally run up the score because it's what has to be done. This needs to be changed. I'm not impressed at all. I'm disgusted.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:10 am

Defense of No. 1 Oregon's ranking is offense

Oregon did what Ohio State should have done.  More power to them!

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