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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: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:47 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

All right, the world is spinning off it's axis .... a barner is saying something positive about Alabama, a week before the Iron Bowl.

UNBELIEVABLE !!!



Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:31 am
 

Choosing new criiteria! Why?

Does the BCS system say a team has to win their conference to play in the NC game? If you want that rule, change it before the season!I know it violates the logic of some "literal-minded people", but here goes. Other teams have played in the BCS NC wthout winning their conference.
Did CONN win the regular season Big East title before it won the NCAA BB Championship?  Did the Packers win their division before they won the Super Bowl?
Yes, those examples have playoffs, but isn't it possible , in the crazy world of college football, that a team can lose a game which costs it a conference championship, but still beat the other best team
 in the NC?  I think the "didn't win their conference" argument is used by people who are trying to promote an agenda, such as, ORE over ALA!
Lgically, just because ORE wins the PAC 12, does that mean they are better than BAMA?  Which team would be favored?  Don't ask me, ask VEGAS!



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:28 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

I understand the media has to cater to the rest of the country by hypeing lesser teams that are not in the SEC to make it intersting  for those not affiliated with SEC, but the cream will rise to the top for a sixth championship in a row and dont make any plans on wimming a championship next year either unless your name is LSU or ALA.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:24 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Iowa ST did Ok St a favor now Ok St can go to a bowl game that they have a chance to win provided they dont play on SEC upper level team.  They had no chance of winning they Nat championship against LSU or Ala.  Wheddon is great but he wasnt going to be able to put up any kind of numbers resembling what he has done against the weaker Big 12 or what ever they call themselves these days.   SEC plays at a different level than the rest of the country with the exception of maybe Oregon who is fast but not strong like the semi pro league known as the SEC. which stand for Simply Earns Championships.



Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:19 am
 

What is BEDLAM really?

Let's reduce Bedlam to what it really is. The 1/3 of the BCS that is computers is by rigid formulas.
The other 2/3 is a point system by voters, which includes the dubious idea that coaches or their underlings get to vote.
The only true Bedlam is to what effect media and fan rants influence the pollsters.


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