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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: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:23 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

I don't share the excitement.  This just likely means that one or a pair of one-loss teams will be voted in over other one-loss teams.  Ho hum.  Another beauty contest with the Russian judge voting for his favorite. I personally think the rest of this regular season would be much more compelling if teams all over the country were fighting for an eight team playoff.
Agreed. How exciting would this be if the season ended today with an 8 team playoff (assuming Ok.St. drops to #11 and all other teams move up one spot):

1. LSU vs. 8. Stanford

2. Alabama vs. 7. Virginia Tech

3. Oregon vs. 6. Clemson

4. Oklahoma vs. 5. Arkansas

Barring upsets (which could be interesting, too) you could have LSU vs. Oklahoma and Alabama vs. Oregon in the semis for the right to play in the Natty. I, for one, would be glued to every game. As it stands now, I couldn't care less about XYZ Bowl unless my team (Oregon) is in it.



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:16 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

You seriously took the time to write about the Grand Canyon and wherever else (had to stop reading at that point)??? This is a discussion about college football, the BCS and the final two weeks of the season where there's no way to make everyone happy with so many one-loss teams....not a 6th grade "this is what I did for my summer vacation" thread.

Oregon deserves it. They are a different team now that in Week 1. The true freshman who fumbled away 14pts in that game - 3 months removed from high school - is now playing like the player that WILL be in the heisman running in '12 and '13 (doubt he'll stick around for '14). The 'D' has found it's footing, and their RB is in Heisman form.

Absolutely there's a case for Alabama and thier field goal kicker, as well as the Razorbacks. Even Oklahoma or Oklahoma State would be a championship-game caliber team if selected. But without a playoff system in place all the one-loss teams NOT selected will be slighted and justifiably upset. How much longer will people put up with this? As much as I can't stand hearing about how great BSU is, I almost wish they hadn't lost to TCU because NOBODY outside of Idaho would think that was a good game. Strike that - I don't wish BSU in the Natty on anyone; especially because it wouldn't change a thing.
I'm happy for the ducks and their chances, but with three weeks left and a lot more potential for upsets across the board I'll just hope they 'Win The Day' today against SC (that's the trojans, not the gamecocks for you right-coasters)



Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:07 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Ha Ha....maybe you could have your football coach edit it for us? I'm sure it'll be nice and tidy...perfectly edited. I know when I edit articles over a few Buds and some Jack shots I see so much more clearly. I guess we can't do that since Pinkel will be busy for a while running in and out of courthouses...maybe we can get Foster Brooks to take his place (maybe even as coach? can't be any worse) and then drive himself home.



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:55 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

He obviously wrote this while drinking. Too much.



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:51 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Lol, that is funny because that is the same thing that is said about just every other one loss team in this arguement? The Boise States and TCU's, Sooners, etc etc, The funny part about most of this that every one keeps saying they get why LSU and Bama should be there, with quality wins but all of you do realize that the Hogs, Tide and Tigers pretty much play the exact same teams hahaha yet win it comes to Arkansaa its said that they beat no one, but win LSU and Bama play those teams its amazing. Am i the only one getting this? Arkansas beat the No 9 team in the land and dropped in the rankings....you will be hard pressed to find another instance in the last 4 years in which that happened. The Hogs only loss was to a top 3 team this year. I am just saying OHIO STATE has been doing this for years and all of a sudden its a problem because its an Arkansas team. 




Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:35 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

I don't share the excitement.  This just likely means that one or a pair of one-loss teams will be voted in over other one-loss teams.  Ho hum.  Another beauty contest with the Russian judge voting for his favorite. I personally think the rest of this regular season would be much more compelling if teams all over the country were fighting for an eight team playoff.

How is Arkansas given so much respect this year?  LSU and Alabama, okay.  But Arkansas is only rated so high because of the conference they're in, not because of what they've done.  Non conference wins over some weaklings, with one supposed signature OOC win, a narrow comeback against a Texas A&M team with a losing record in the Big 12.  They were blown out by Alabama, have a couple decent conference wins and some close calls with conference also rans.  There is no way they should be regarded so highly among the one-loss teams.  If you look at Sagarin Predictor values, for instance (before you all freak out and focus on only this part of my post, I'm just saying this as an example), Arkansas would be ranked in the high teens, about a ten point underdog to a team like Stanford. Just another reason we can't trust this current system. 



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:30 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

What exactly is it that everyone seems to have against Arkansas? Bama beats us and that cant be taken back by any count, but its like when other top teams lose and have injuries they get the benifet of the doubt about the game, so lets put it this way. Bama scored on the Hogs in every way possible, it wasnt Trent scoring 3 or 4 Touchdowns, it was special teams, interception return, and nice trck play i will admit. Now hear this, the Hogs went up against Bama, with 7 starters out of the game, Both cornerbacks, D-ends (one that we just got back last week), A linemen and the number 1 and No2 RB, take that equation and apply it to any of the teams that you all just mentioned including LSU, Oregon, Sooners, etc etc and tell me do you think any of them with those positions lost would have beaten Bame? Then again do u think it would have even been that close, guess what I think not. Go Hogs!!!!!!!!



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:27 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Why call out the kickers by name? This is not the NFL.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:10 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."

Does the BCS Title Game count? Just asking. BTW, I'm a Miami fan who happens to think the SEC is clearly king of the college football hill.




Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:10 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

A Hefeweizen, Dodd? Are you an abnoxious sorority girl?

Seriously, though, the Ducks rule.


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