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A plus-one playoff through the years: 2008-2011

Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:58 am
Edited on: January 20, 2012 1:46 pm

In the final installment plus-one lookback (2008-2011), the Big 12 and SEC rule. The assumption is that playing extra games would loosen the SEC’s grip on the sport. It just makes sense. In any playoff, dark horses and underdogs are going to emerge. Teams spend all season getting to the top, then in one game it can all go pfft against an inferior opponent.

In this plus-one there was a huge pfft in 2011.

(All plus-one games played on neutral fields. Here’s how things looked from 1998-2002 and 2003-2007.



BCS champion: Florida 24, Oklahoma 14

The setup: Put this one on the Big 12 which never foresaw a three-way tie broken by the BCS standings. Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas all went 7-1 in the Big 12 South. Texas beat OU, Texas Tech beat Texas, OU beat Texas Tech. They were all 1-1 against other. Texas felt slighted because it won the Red River Shootout, but Oklahoma won the South by a mere .0128 of a point.  That basically greased the path for OU to get to the national championship game.

Another Oklahoma powerhouse, another disappointment. For the third time in four tries during the BCS era, the Sooners were stopped in that championship game. This Oklahoma team was the highest scoring of all time averaging 51 points per game. In his last season, Sam Bradford threw 50 touchdown passes.

All that was no match for an SEC defense. A top 10 defense featured Brandon Spikes, Joe Haden and Jermaine Cunningham. Florida’s D held the Sooners to their lowest point total in more than two years.

How a four-team playoff would have changed things: No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Alabama, No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 Texas. A plus-one couldn’t come fast enough for the Horns whose only blemish was a loss to Texas Tech with a second to go. It’s easy to project that Gators D devouring the Horns too. Florida 33, Texas 21.

Alabama stayed in the top two of the BCS until losing an SEC championship game showdown to Florida. In year before Bama won two out of the next three titles, the defense tied for third overall. It would have been the difference against OU. Alabama 26, Oklahoma 24.

Championship game: Same script as Atlanta. A close game is blown open in the fourth quarter by that guy named Tebow. Before anyone cared about his throwing motion, completion percentage or virginity, Florida’s quarterback proved himself one of the best of all time. Florida 20, Alabama 17.

Fantasy quote: “They got lucky. The state of Alabama is going to rule college football the next three years.” – Nick Saban.

Who got screwed: Utah. It beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. It beat Alabama bad. It deserved something after finishing as the only undefeated team in the country.



BCS champion: Alabama 38, Texas 21

The setup: The game was decided when Alabama’s Marcel Dareus took out Colt McCoy on the contest’s fifth play. The question to this day, remains: Would a healthy McCoy have made any difference? Mack Brown answered that night, “It wouldn’t even have been close.” 

Texas was forced to play an untested quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, against a carnivorous defense. All that was left was for stadium personnel to clean up the remains. It was perhaps the most disappointing BCS title game. Ninety-five thousand fans in the Rose Bowl and millions across the country expected to see a symphony. They ended up watching the Wiggles.

Yes, yes, Mark Ingram won the Heisman and that Alabama D could have played in the NFL, but it still feels like there is something missing from that night – a frisky Colt.

How a four-team playoff would have changed things: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 TCU, No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 Cincinnati. All four were undefeated. All four would have had a fair chance to state their cases in a playoff. TCU would have scared the spit out of Bama. I know because I saw it a year later against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. I know because TCU was playing an NFL quarterback (Andy Dalton). I know because Gary Patterson is Nick Jr. as a defensive mastermind. Alabama 23, TCU 20 OT.

The toughest decision in the other semifinal was Brian Kelly’s. Does he stay at Cincinnati for a national title run or go to Notre Dame? Would it have made a difference? Texas 47, Cincinnati 27.

Championship: At the risk of being frisked for hallucinogens next time I go to T-town, McCoy would have made a huge difference. In a classic Big 12 offense vs. SEC defense, the Large Dozen was due to take one sooner or later. Texas 29, Alabama 27.

Fantasy quote: “We regret Coach Kelly’s decision to stay at Cincinnati to coach in the playoff. That said, Notre Dame has had to move on and act swiftly. Please welcome to the Irish family as Notre Dame’s next coach, Urban Meyer.” – ND AD Jack Swarbrick.

Who got screwed: Boise State, which went 14-0 while beating the Pac-10 (Oregon) and Mountain West (TCU) champions. Only one team in the regular season came within 11 points of the Broncos.



BCS champion: Auburn 22, Oregon 19

The setup: Cam Newton’s daddy went trolling for the six-figure handshake. Then he and his son were bailed out by a loophole the size of the Lincoln Tunnel. That, basically, is a summary of the 2010 season. Newton was so good, that no team could stop Auburn. Cecil Newton was that sleazy that sometimes it was hard to sift through the wrongdoing to see a talented, personable kid who established himself as one of the best ever.

How a four-team playoff would have changed things: No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 4 Stanford. No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 TCU. TCU would have gotten the chance it deserved. The nation’s No. 1 defense could have matched up with anyone. The hunch here is that Patterson would have bottled up Oregon at least as much as Auburn did. TCU 24, Oregon 21.

How about a matchup of the top two Heisman vote getters? Stanford’s Andrew Luck would have done what Oregon’s Darron Thomas couldn’t – make a vulnerable Auburn secondary pay. Cammy Cam Cam, though, would have been the difference against the tough Cardinal.  Auburn 28, Stanford 21.

Championship game: Andy Dalton meet Nick Fairley. Tank Carder meet Cam Newton. Auburn-TCU would have gone a lot like Auburn-Oregon. Down to the wire with the underdog hanging surprisingly tough. In the end, the Tigers had too many playmakers. Auburn 22, TCU 19.

Fantasy quote: “Define ‘solicit.’ “ – Cecil Newton

Who got screwed: The Heisman Trust. What was supposed to be a celebration turned into a solemn event. The takeaway from his press conference is Newton's answer to the question: In a year when Reggie Bush had to give back is trophy, do you have any concerns you'll have to give yours back as well?

“Two letters for you, my friend,” Newton said. “No.”

All righty, then.



BCS champion: Alabama 21, LSU 0

The setup: Funny how penthouses and outhouses occupy the same block in the SEC. One moment, they’re calling Les Miles’ team one of the best ever. The next he’s been outcoached so badly by Nick Saban that he has to turn in his trucker’s hat.

Such was the fallout from a season that kept the national championship down in the Sweet Home for the third consecutive season. The Rematch of the Century was almost as big a disappointment as the Game of the Century. Except this time, there was some finality to it. Saban DID outcoach Miles. AJ McCarron DID play like Tom Brady. The rest of the country IS still drafting in the SEC’s excellence.

While the rest of the nation continued to set offensive records, LSU and Bama combined for 36 points, 10 field goals and one touchdown in two games. Is this what you want out of a national champion? Read on.

How a four-team playoff would have changed things: Plenty. No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Stanford and No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State would have added some texture, clarity, fairness and, well, offense to the proceedings.

Step back, Slive. Back off, Saban. Move away, Miles. College football would have gotten even, broken the SEC death grip.

"We'd have thrown it 50 times," Mike Gundy told USA Today. "You like to think Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon could have put together some touchdowns. Get the ball thrown down the field and open some things up. Try to make it exciting, and see what happens."

The key word being “exciting”.  Who wouldn’t have loved to see Andrew Luck and Weeden go against those defenses? LSU played with a quarterback who would have had a hard time starting in the Big 12. Alabama played one offense all season ranked in the top 30 (Arkansas, 29th) and 10 ranked 84th or lower.  

Defense wins championships? Not necessarily in this case if it plays a championship offense.

Let’s assume that Oklahoma State gave up its average of 27 points. Let’s assume Alabama gave up more than its average of eight points against the nation’s No. 2 offense. Let’s assume that it matters that the Cowboys were fifth in field-goal accuracy and Alabama was 85th.

Let’s also assume that Oklahoma State’s 44 turnovers gained – the most in the sport in eight years – matter.  The Cowboys had an average defense, not a bad one. LSU 22, Stanford 17; Oklahoma State 36, Alabama 34.

Championship game: It suddenly gets a lot easier for the Cowboys. With Miles keeping an actual passing quarterback (Jarrett Lee) on the bench, that makes things less difficult for Oklahoma State. Yes, LSU’s running depth would have pounded the Pokes. But an underrated offensive line would have worn down the Tigers. Oklahoma State 27, LSU 21.

Fantasy quote:  “How do you like us now, OU?” – Boone Pickens

Who got screwed: In the real world, it was Oklahoma State. The Cowboys finished third in the BCS by closest margin since the formula was refigured in 2004. They played a stronger schedule than Alabama and won what some thought was the strongest conference in the country in ’11. Bammers were successful, though, in reducing the national conversation about two one-loss teams to one game. It was determined Alabama’s one loss (to LSU) was less bad than Oklahoma State’s (Iowa State). It’s a full season, folks. The Fightin’ Gundys had a fine one.

As far as props, there was a time when the idea of Mike Gundy as the national coach of the year would have been a Saturday Night Live skit. Now it’s reality.

Cowboys as champs outrageous? At least you can’t blame the BCS.

Plus-one champions, 2008-2011: Florida, Texas, Auburn, Oklahoma State.

Plus-one team summary: Miami (3), USC (3) Florida (2), LSU, Texas, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Tennessee (each one).

Conferences: SEC (5), Pac-10 (3), Big East  (3), Big 12 (2), ACC (1)




Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:06 pm

A plus-one playoff through the years: 2008-2011

Mack Brown answered that night,
Yeah, cause Mac Brown said so..... That makes this statement rock solid.... Dodd, do you believe this stuff that you write, or do you just write it cause you have a quota and you know this dribble will cause a ton of noise?

Oklahoma State 36, Alabama 34.
It's a game I personally would have love to have seen. Unfortunately, I think your not taking into consideration that AJ is a LEGIT QB, and Richardson would have MURDERED that OK State Defense.... On paper, Dre and Barron take Blackmon out of the game with lock down coverage and the run game never takes off for OK State in MY version of the Fantasy game. Not to mention its really hard to complete passes from your backside... Just ask JJ....

Looking at the way your fantasy years here played out, I would say you have little to no respect for the Alabama teams and Staff that have achieved the 2 national titles in 3 years. I mean, it does look pretty bias, not to mention that it looks like you got caught up in all this trash these "people" on this forum have been talking about how OK State runs the table... My answer to that is "Not if you ask Iowa State they don't".

Heck, in your plus one summary you dont even give Bama 1 game, yet Nick Saban is at the Helm with 2 of the best defenses this nation has seen in the last 10 years EASILY.

C'mon Dodd. Come back to your senses. Saban had gameplaned his defense around a Colt McCoy Offense... When Colt went out, the defense had to make adjustments for a new type of QB. Yeah he was young and the game was admittedly different. But if you change one teams methods, the other team playing has to adjust to it... And who is to say Colt does not throw a pick, pick six, or get a fumble forced by that massive pass rush or a blitzing LB. Maybe someone like ROLONDO MCCLAIN.... I could eat this thing up... but I will stop here HOPING you can see that this really does make sense.


Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:50 pm

A plus-one playoff through the years: 2008-2011

LOL....I mean, I can't do nothing but laugh because college football is the only system where who you lost to supercedes who you defeated this year.

Well I know I didn't say anything in my post where a "loss' would supercede a win. Or can you not read simple english?? My response was to the knuckledraggin', basement living, helmet wearer who tried to say that losing to Iowa St. was the same as losing to LSU. Basically he said that Ok St. has one loss...bama had one loss and left it at that. Which of course only proves that he doesn't know anything about football and makes out with his arm.

And you are the same if you think otherwise. Now there are plenty of other factors involved to help determine who was more deserving between Ok St. and Bama if you want to discuss those. But why don't you understand what you are talking about first before reposting one of my posts?

You also just dismiss LSU's defense because YOU don't think they played anyone??? That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Then you my slowminded friend are in the severe minority and you might want to take a closer look in the mirror when talking about "...looking at football this year".

Look...I get it. You're a young guy who mistakenly thinks you know everything when you don't really know crap. That's fine. But I probably watched more football with difference teams from different conferences than you did. And it's easy to think that there were other schools that were better than Ok St. For you to totally dismiss the other schools involved only shows you're about one chromosome shy of being on a human thinking level.

Did you watch Oregon at all?? You don't think there's ANY possibility that they could beat Ok St?? Ok St....who was lucky a Stanford kicker missed chipshot FG or they'd be beat AGAIN. From a STanford team that Oregon totally dismantled?? Yet there's no WAY Oregon was better than Ok ST???

Ok St...who needed all the luck in the world to sneak by K-State at HOME. This same K-State team...the second best in the Big 12...who got totally DOMINATED by Arkansas. Yet Arkansas wouldn't have a CHANCE at ALL to beat Ok St???

Ok St...who was darn lucky to beat A&M, who got all they wanted from Mizzou, who was very lucky to beat K-State, who actually LOST to a pathetic and horrible Iowa St. team, and who was unbelievably lucky Stanford's FG kicker somehow, without a doubt...the THIRD BEST TEAM in the land??? And yet you are trying to argue them being the SECOND BEST TEAM????

Again...mouthbreather?? Uhhh yeah...just go away now before you embarrass yourself further.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:36 pm

A plus-one playoff through the years: 2008-2011

It's like arguing with a 6 year old... or maybe a tard.  YOU DON'T BELONG BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO DEFENSE.  WHO CARES IF I HAVE NO OFFENSE OR SPECIAL TEAMS.  

Speaking of Special.  Bunch of special needs folks on this board.

That would make me about 6 years older and full of wisdom than you moron.'re an absolute vegetable if you think losing to Iowa St. is the same as losing to LSU by a FG.

It's amazing...that a helmet wearing, dungeons and dragons playing drooler like yourself can...without peeing yourself with laughter...try and equate those two things. Nobody else...just you Socrates. Good job!! hahahahaha

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:54 pm

A plus-one playoff through the years: 2008-2011

Good read

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:47 pm

A plus-one playoff through the years: 2008-2011

Of course that's six, not five; I made a typo shortchanging them.

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:44 pm

A plus-one playoff through the years: 2008-2011



Before I even made it to 30, I found 5 UA oponents: Kent State and Penn State (our cupcakes). Tennessee, LSU, Florida, Vandy.

See, the problem is you make your conclusion, then you go making up stuff to support it. Do you have a contention with USA today? Are they too liberal to reference statistics?

I'm pretty sure this time I'm not gonna get a reply.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:36 pm

A plus-one playoff through the years: 2008-2011

But that's wayyyyy tooo objective for you folks.

It's like arguing with a 6 year old... or maybe a tard.  YOU DON'T BELONG BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO DEFENSE.  WHO CARES IF I HAVE NO OFFENSE OR SPECIAL TEAMS.  

Speaking of Special.  Bunch of special needs folks on this board.   

Since: Nov 21, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 5:02 pm

A plus-one playoff through the years: 2008-2011

I had stopped reading CBS articals, since its well known they are anti SEC, but a friend told me bout this artical and it's Just one more reason I had stopped reading this jokster dodd and his comrades at cbs sports. It would be very difficult for a Oklahoma State QB to throw the ball (on quick short routs little long a deep rout) when he's being rushed and sacked by perhaps the best defense in NCAA history! I'm not only talking bout Alabama's defense but LSU's defense as well. As good as Oklahoma State was against the schdule they played, thier Offensive line would have been no match for either Bama's or LSU's defense! Get a grip dodd, if your going to write at least know what your writting about!

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 3:26 pm

A plus-one playoff through the years: 2008-2011


"When UA and LSU scored plenty on teams who weren't each other, why do you think it was bad offense rather than good defense? Were there dropped passes, missed blocking assignments... what, in your obviously educated opinion, made it bad offense? I'm waiting for a reply."

Both Alabama and LSU have average offenses, with Alabama's being more average than If you look at Alabama's schedule this year, the only defense that they have played worth anything this year was LSU. I think Alabama had one of the easiest schedules of any top 10 team this year. Anyone would tell you that they didn't play anybody.  LSU score points through opprotunites, i.e. turnovers and field position. For example, if you look at the LSU-WVU game, WVU torched LSU in yards but costly turnovers gave LSU awesome field position. But again, I looked at most of the games this year.

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 3:15 pm

A plus-one playoff through the years: 2008-2011


LOL....I mean, I can't do nothing but laugh because college football is the only system where who you lost to supercedes who you defeated this year. Fact is, other than LSU, we can't really say that Alabama earned the #2 spot as much as it was given to them. Proof is, the only unbiased, objective setup that we have (the computers) had Alabama #3. It came down to the humans and their perspective. My school is in the SEC and I refuse to say that we are the best, top to bottom. But I'm also not a homer who believes that the SEC is the only conference in the country. Also, the only reason that LSU had the #2 defense in the country this year is because they played 2 teams worth something (something Alabama can't say that they did).

And if you don't believe Oklahoma State was at least the 3rd best team in the country, you couldn't have been looking at football this year...I'm just saying. Have you looked at Arkansas play this year? I don't know if they would have been able to handle Weedun/Blackmon but I've also seen both schools play.

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