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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: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:16 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

First, I need to make it clear that I'm not "an SEC guy".  Having said that...I do not understand how anyone can say that the SEC is weak or over-rated.  The conference has won the last 37 National Championships, and 5 of the last 6 Super Bowls.  Seriously though, there have been, I think, 7 different SEC teams ranked at some point this year.  And currently there are 5 teams ranked inside of the Top 15.  Gimme a break.  Only a moron could suggest that they are over-rated.  Even moreso, when one includes the likes of Kansas State and Boise in their argument.

I'm rooting for an Oregon/LSU rematch.  But to conclude that the likes of a USC or Stanford are as good as any of those teams in the SEC is foolish.  The best team in the PAC 12, by far, is Oregon.  And LSU treated them like their little red-headed step b*tch.

Just sayin... 



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:51 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

There are so many weak team in the SEC, the most overrated of which is Arkansas.  Does anybody seriously think that Arkansas, which barely beat Texas A&M, could beat Stanford or Southern Cal, much less Boise State or Kansas State?




Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:42 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

I dont see that happening personally. Reason being, If Arkansas beats Lsu, and Arkansas and Alabama are ranked higher, then Alabama plays sec championship game. With a win there, I believe they'll trump Arkansas.



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:31 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Quacker folks don't start counting those ducklings before they hatch.
There is a lot of footbal left to be played. Lucky Ducky gets USC at home and won't have to face them again in the confrence championship. OKie St was untested and prime for the upset. If you assume the remaining top 5 teams win this week and take peak toward the Thanksgiving Feast games I see one team that can really crash the BCS party, Arkansas. An Arkansas win against LSU on the road could erase a week 3 loss on the road to Bama. Remember the mantra, early season losses are trumped by late season wins. The hottest team at the end of the season gets the nod especially if they knock of the then #1 team. Hold on to you hats...this thing ain't over yet!



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:21 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Roll Tide...many teams have more than three quality games....I'll mention the most relevant one....Oklahoma: won @ #4 FSU, @#9 K State, nuetral site #7 Texas, #15 aTm and #18 Mizzou @ home. They still play @ #22 Baylor and @ #7 OSU...that is seven Top 25 opponents and beat Tulsa (7-3) whose only loses are to OU, OSU and Boise St. This is why they are still in the Top 5 despite losing to TTech at home.



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:51 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Based on you bias...which is fine, we all have them,  Alabama has 3 quality games.  I would argue that's at least one more than any PAC-12, Big 12 or Big 10 team has.



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:49 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

and if this were next orgeon would acutally likely move up in the polls becuase right now usc is the true leader of the pac-12 south, but becuase of the bowl/championship ban, there left out of the computers, and oregon if this were next year would be playing usc aagin in the pac-12 title game in two weeks, but becuase it isn't they probably won't get a bump in there sos, becuase they are going to be facing either asu or ucla, and i belive ucla has 5 losses, but becuase they beat asu, control there own fate and if they beat the buffs and trojans they goto the pac-12 chmpionship



Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:43 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

WITHOUT QUESTION, IT IS A PROVEN FACT THAT HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. AS AN EARLER POST SAID
THIS RUNS IN CYCLES. FLORIDA STATE AND MIAMI WERE DOMINANT, OHIO ATATE AND MICHIGAN WERE
DOMINANT, USC AND TEXAS WERE HOT, OKLAHOMA&FLORIDA HAVE BEEN MOST CONSISTENT PROGRAMS IN THE MIX
WITH GREAT COACHES(AND I AM A HUGE SEC FAN) OVER A LONG PERIOD. THE SEC IS CURRENTLY ON TOP
AND THAT CYCLE IS ABOUT TO GO BACK TO MICHIGAN WITH THEIR STORIED HISTORY, BUT NOT YET!
THERE IS LITTLE DEBATE LSU AND ALABAMA HAVE BEST 2 COACHES AND PROGRAMS AND ATHLETES
TODAY AND THERE SHOULD NOT EVEN BE A DISCUSSION. I DO NOT CARE WHAT CONFERENCE THEY ARE
IN, THEY DESERVE TO BE MATCHED UP IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THE ONLY UNFAIRNESS IS LSU HAS
TO BEAT ARKANSAS WHO WILL BE STRONG AS GOAT GUTS IF KNILES DAVIS IS BACK. COACH PETRINO
IS A STUD WITH A CAPITAL "S". I KNOW THERE CAN BE UPSETS IN BOWL GAMES, BUT EVERYONE IN THESE
BS DISCUSSIONS KNOW WHO HAS THE CURRENT 2 BEST PROGRAMS AND TRAINING GROUND FOR NFL.
P.S. BY THE WAY, THE FLORIDA STATE COACH JIMBO DOES NOT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN A NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP. THIS GIVES FLORIDA AND MIAMI HOPE TO REBOUND QUICKER.  

P.S.    TRUTHFULLY, WHO BELIEVES THAT OREGON HAS STAYED WITHIN THE PARAMETERS OF UNSPOKEN
RULES YOU DO NOT CROSS IN RECRUITING. ALL SCHOOLS HELP MOST OF THE FAMILIES AS THEY SHOULD,
BUT OREGON IS TRYING ITS BEST TO GET ON THE SMU PONY EXPRESS. YOU KNOW WHERE THAT LEADS! 



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:19 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

A couple of good points here:

1.  Obviously, the best scenario is a 16-team playoff.  11 Conference winners, 5 at large (certainly, you could seed at-larges higher than some conference winners.)  Either the mid-majors have a shot at the title, or call a spade a spade and pull them out of 1-A.  Even if it means an LSU pounds a Troy or Ball St., at least they got to the dance.  It works for basketball, and would help mid-majors recruit.  Take the 4 big name bowls, and have them be the second (8-team) round, all played on New Year's.  Semifinals the next week, National Championship the week before the Super Bowl.  Lower-tiered bowls could take the first round playoff, or independent bowls.  People will still watch USC, Notre Dame and Ohio St. in bowl games if they end up 9-3.

2.  Why not Houston?  Especially if Oregon and 'Bama end up 2-3.  LSU already beat both, and you have a battle of unbeatens.  Gives a midmajor team a shot, which the Boises and Utahs have been carping about for years.  Whichever team wins, you've got a story.

3.  My hunch is that of the one-win teams in question, Oregon gets first pick if it isn't Houston.  Reasons:  a.)  Oregon lost to LSU in Texas, Alabama lost at home.  b.)  Both Oklahomas have non-quality losses.  c.)  Arkansas lost to Alabama, so you can't leapfrog them ahead of either 'Bama or Oregon.  d.)  And lastly, like all things in life, follow the money.  Two teams from the Southeast playing for the national title has limited national appeal.  To boost ratings, the BCS might go with the Ducks to generate West Coast interest.

Lastly, Turtle, you are wrong.  The rule is, unless a kicked ball is blocked and advanced by the kicking team past the first down marker, the kicking team loses the football in all other scenarios, save a fumble by the receiving team.  Teams DO do it on downs other than 4th; why teams try for field goals on first, second, or third down is for a number of reasons:  a.)  The most obvious is because it's the last play of a half or game.  Time is a factor.  b.) Particularly in overtime, teams don't want to risk an offensive turnover by running more plays than necessary if they are well in their kicker's range.  c.) If a snap is botched, if the team is still in field goal range if they recover the fumbled ball, THEN AND ONLY THEN do they get more whacks at the pinata depending what down it is after the recovery.  d.)  This one is more remote (and only applies to the pros now,) but also in the back of a coach's mind in an overtime period is how much time there is on the clock if the kick is missed.  A coach may prefer to kick on an earlier down if the clock is at 3 or 4 minutes left in the overtime period, because he doesn't have enough time to run out the clock, but wants to ensure enough time for another offensive drive should his defense hold after the missed kick.



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:54 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

I love the hype and the excitement, but for me the Ducks to the ROSE BOWL and a WIN would be the BEST!
Go Ducks!


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