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BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:03 am
Edited on: November 19, 2011 7:53 am
 

EUGENE, Ore. – This could be the best two weeks of football in BCS history, and I’m at the kickoff party.  

They’re going about two shades of crazy here Friday night at Hop Valley Brewing Co. out near I-5 in Duckland. A guy just walked in and yelled, "How about Iowa State?" It’s a brew pub that just turned into a staging area for the national championship push.

How about the Cyclones indeed? By beating Oklahoma State in overtime Friday night, they made it about football again. We can care again. Maybe we can forget tragedy and scandal -- for a little while.

Maybe for a long while. Two weeks from Sunday, two teams will be matched up to play for the 14th  BCS title. It is more than wonderful that we have no idea who they are going to be. There are six teams in the running -- LSU, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Alabama and Oregon. Oregon and Arkansas gained the most. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State the least.

But that’s just me, right now. The Hefeweizen is going down really smooth.

BCS chaos reigns. It reigns because a team whose uniforms look strangely like USC (Iowa State) just took down the nation’s No. 2. I’m here to see Oregon play the real USC on Saturday in a game that just got a lot bigger.

The Ducks are in that conga line with a bunch of one-loss teams, all of them with their hands up saying, "Pick me!"

Let the arguments begin: Do you want a rematch? LSU-Oregon awaits. So does LSU-Alabama. But shouldn’t you have to win your conference? Alabama potentially won’t. Don’t forget Arkansas, which is suddenly in the conversation.

Is Oklahoma State entirely out? Does Oklahoma deserve to be in the discussion? It lost at home to Texas Tech, which lost by 34 to Iowa State, which beat Oklahoma State. The Sooners have a chance, a small one unless …

Unless chaos continues. Who knows how OU will be perceived in two weeks? If Oregon wins on Saturday it most likely will jump to No. 2 in the BCS. Alabama plays Georgia Southern. Nothing, though, is permanent. Call it the BCS' Kardashian Moment.

Get ready for a fashion show with shoulder pads, built-in programming for sports radio. Someone give Jerry Palm a raise. Now.

You can hear the sound of Boise State kicking itself all the way from here.

Please don’t say “kicking” around the Broncos. They not only would have been in line for the BCS national championship game, they would have had to beat only San Diego State, Wyoming and New Mexico to get there. But a kid named Dan Goodale pulled a Brotzman last week, missing the game-winning field goal. That was only after TCU’s Gary Patterson proved he had more stones that Boise State had field goals.

The old missed kick seems to be an epidemic. Dan Goodale meet Oklahoma State’s Quinn Sharp, who wasn’t. Sharp missed a 37-yarder with 77 seconds left that could have beaten the Cyclones.

Nothing is permanent. Ask Kim, or give Sharp a Hefeweizen. He needs one right about now. 

How about the Cyclones indeed? By beating Oklahoma State in overtime Friday night, they made it about football again. We can care again. Maybe we can forget tragedy and scandal -- for a little while. 


Comments

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:54 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

The BCS is great



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:24 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

I agree with Buff200 to some extent, I'll get to that in a bit.  While a rematch between LSU and either Alabama or Oregon is pointless, it got more probable with the Oklahoma State loss because the best shot Oklahoma had to jump to 32 was to go on the road a couple of weeks and beat a #2 and undefeated Oklahoma State team which won't happen now.  If Oklahoma State would have won out that would have been an interesting matchup but LSU likely would have won anyway (we'll never know now).  If Oklahoma wins out I don't think they jump Oregon if they win out because that Texas Tech loss is looking more hideous than Craig James did while crying on Sportscenter about what a terrible guy Leach was.  I think an Oregon LSU matchup is more likely if they win out because if they beat USC tonight that will propel them and cancel out the fact that they are going to face a pathetic team in the Pac 12 title game (either ASU, UCLA or Utah).  Voters likely would want a conference champion in the title game to face LSU and as I said, Oklahomas chances took a hit with the game friday night.  It would be funny though if Oregon lost tonight, then what?  As far as Arkansas goes, that's the part I agree with Buff on, 38-14 is what Alabama did to them and I expect LSU to give them a similar beat down.  Arkansas is what Ohio State of the past 7 years was to some degree.  They can beat up on the little kids on the block but when it comes time to play with the big boys, one punch to the stomach and they are running home crying for their mother or in the case of Ohio St or Arkansas, getting rolled up by the real SEC heavyweights.  LSU, they are solid and honestly Alabama may be the 2nd best team out there but they had their shot and lost just like Oregon so at this point the question is does anyone want to play LSU and are they even worthy.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:05 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Jesus, does anything posted on CBS get edited?  Way to post the same paragraph twice, Dodd.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:52 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

@MockCongo:  I'm confused; what does last year's record have anything to do with this year's bowl selections?

Regarding the article, I just spun the wheel of fortune, and it landed on Oregon, so that's who I'm going with.  Although Oklahoma does have the best SoS of the other 1-lossers, so they may sneak in there again, and once again get their rears handed to them...for that reason more than any other, go Ducks! 



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:49 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Washington02,

The SEC teams play within the system available to them, which is something that has been agreed upon by all major conference commissioners...its not like the SEC has sole power to decide how the system should work. A few years back Mike Slive was actually in favour of a playoff system. Furthermore, scheduling games is a two-way street and I certainly don't see teams from other conferences lining up to play SEC teams during the season, so to call the SEC fradulent is just ignorant. SEC teams basically schedule exactly the same way as every other major conference team. Besides, who exactly has Washington scheduled of consequence? Hawaii, Eastern Washington and an over-rated Nebraska team who is about 5th best in the Big 10.

Everything is cyclical. A few years back USC was the dominant team in the country...in a few years maybe it will be Washington. Right now however, teams from the SEC are dominanting the BCS and the only way to change that is to start beating them in the championship game.



Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:36 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

The SEC does play an "out of conference schedule that reflects how great it is"..............It's called the BCS National Championship Game!  The only out of conference schedule that matters, LOL!!!



Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:34 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

To all those fans out there who think the SEC is sooooo great please play an out of conference schedule that reflects how great you are.

The SEC does play an out of conference schedule that reflects how great it is...............it's called the BCS National Championship Game!  The ONLY "out of conference shedule" that matters, LOL!!!!



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:17 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

WTF you talking about?  Oregon crushed Washington on the road a week before they crushed #3 Stanford on the road last week (and should win out considering they have won 21 straight at Autzen). I have said before and will say again, SEC must go down to stop the insanity.  If it is not Oregon then hopefully either OK State or Oklahoma will find a way.  A LSU-Bama NC game would make hurl. 

Arkansas will lose by at least 20 to LSU and end up in the DUB (Depends Undergarment Bowl).  I can respect Auburn, Bama and Florida fans crowing about their teams acheievements but what has Arkansas ever done?  Beating South Carolina without Lattimore?  Beating Troy 38-28 impressive?  Putting yourself at # 3 when you have not beat anybody is a little pompous I think, even for an SEC goon.



Since: May 27, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:16 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

The Ducks really handled their business against the SEC last year huh?



Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:57 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

To all those fans out there who think the SEC is sooooo great please play an out of conference schedule that reflects how great you are.  The only thing I see from Alabama, et all with the exception of LSU are a bunch of cupcake schools (currently) with an one Oregon school (played basically at home) Boise St (Georgia lost).  You think you are so great then tell your University Presidents to have a playoff system and scrap the BCS.  IMO the SEC is using the fraudulent BCS to cover their cupcake schedule.  The offenses in the SEC are terrible.  They rave about their Defenses but the reason their defenses are ranked so high is cause their offenses are soooo bad.

If the SEC schools truly wanted to know who was the best then institute the playoff system or continue to hide behind the fraud that is the BCS (Bunch of Crap System)


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