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Say it isn't so?
Can it finally be?
Is the BCS headed for a train wreck.
For the record, the first BCS standings has Oklahoma at the top, followed by Oregon, Boise State, Auburn, TCU, LSU, Michigan State, Alabama, Utah and Ohio State rounding out the top 10.
You probably could have been a rich person if you would have gone to Vegas before the year and bet that LSU and Auburn would both be in the top six of the first BCS standings, both ahead of Alabama and Ohio State.
Then again, ESPN must not be too impressed to be having their Game Day in Columbia, Mo., for the OU-Missouri game. I know you don't like promoting CBS games, but come on. You could spend an hour with "The Mad Hatter" Les Miles and have enough video to decipher for an hour. Hey, just have Lou Holtz interview him and try to figure out that conversation. Or put Lou's bobblehead doll there and get the same results.
Of course, it will not stay that way. But, boy, how I would love to see LSU or Auburn remain unbeaten, or even have LSU, Auburn or Alabama with just one loss at the end of the year, while having Oklahoma and Oregon with one loss and Boise State and TCU finish the season unbeaten.
I can see the smoke coming from that BCS computer now. And from fans all over the nation.
Then again, something will happen that will have those BCS guys coming up smelling like roses again.
But just to have Boise State and TCU finish unbeaten and have one or two SEC teams with one loss would be worth buying a ticket and putting the selection process on pay for view.
LSU or Auburn will fall out of the top 10 after this week.
Which one? Well, if Jordan Jefferson starts the game, it will probably be LSU. The Tiger defense can bail out Jefferson for just so long. Auburn's defense could not stop Arkansas' back-up quarterback, but LSU does not have a quarterback on the roster better than Tyler Wilson.
And Bobby Petrino is smart enough not to run the option with him.
Just one question for Miles. His daughter is an excellent swimmer. If she was posting the best times on the team and the swimming coach had her rotating events with another swimmer whose times were not as good, how would the team, his daughter and Miles feel about that?
For the record, the BCS games that lose their natural tie-ins to the BCS Championship get the first choices of at-large teams. For example, the SEC champion goes to the Sugar Bowl, but if that team finishes No. 1 in the final BCS rankings, then the Sugar Bowl gets its first choice of at-large teams. After those slots are filled, the pecking order goes Orange, Fiesta, Sugar in the selection process. Notre Dame is in the BCS if it finishes in the top eight, and it can take the Big East's slot in the Champs Sports Bowl. Some bowls ignore the final standings as far as the seedings and pairings.
For the record, Notre Dame will not finish in the top eight this year, but give Brian Kelly a couple of more years and they will figure in right nicely.
The champion of Conference USA, the MAC, the Mountain West, the Sun Belt, or the WAC will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if one of the teams finishes in the top 12 of the final BCS standings or if one is in the top 16 and ranked ahead of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls. However, no more than one team gets an automatic bid, so the BCS bowls don't have to take both Boise State and TCU if they're both ranked in the top five.
I'm not making this stuff up.
To be eligible for an at-large bid, a team has to have won at least nine regular season games and it has to finish in the top 14. The first time from now until 2014 that the Rose Bowl loses a team to the national championship, it has to take an eligible team from one of the non-BCS conferences.
I wonder if Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory was in on the rule process.
This year is different because there are about 10 good teams into a hat, pick out two, and you have a decent chance of getting the right matchup for the national title. The best thing to happen to Alabama was Ohio State getting upset by Wisconsin. As the highest ranked one-loss team at eight, as the top seven teams start to get picked off, the Tide will keep on moving up. A one-loss, SEC champion Alabama will play for the national title over an unbeaten Boise State or TCU/Utah winner.
If things hold to form, Oregon will only play two teams this year (Stanford and Arizona) currently in the BCS top 25.
But, let's face it. Things won't hold to form. But that's OK as long as there is mass confusion by the time the conference championship games are played. Those may be the final true champions crowned this year. Hmmm. Why don't they just let the BCS determine the conference champion. Oh, don't get me started.
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