Sunday, November 14, 2004


Hmmm. I've been silent on this whole Auburn in the BCS thing until now, waiting to see how the Georgia game would turn out. Wow. Sure, Georgia's a little overrated, but they are the next best team in the conference this year. Tuberville has already suggested a 4 team playoff in the future. Sugar and Fiesta Bowls could feed their winners into the Orange (and of course rotate every year, as currently done). Albeit, these arguments have been made before, usually a few weeks before the end of the season, and before one of the extra teams gets beaten nexpectedly.

Auburn still has to beat Alabama and Tennessee, which is a long way from being a done deal. USC still has to beat Notre Dame. Seriously, the Irish have a chance, depending on whether the Notre Dame that beat Michigan and Tennessee shows up, or the one that lost to Pitt. Oh, and Oklahoma has to tough it out against Baylor and whichever creampuff gets stuck with "winning" the Big 12 North. Chuckle.

The unfortunate part is that the national championship system relies on temperamental voters and formulas to compare teams from different regions, that don't have much overlap. How many games were there this year between the SEC and Big 12? Only one that I can think of offhand. What about between the Pac 10 and the Big 12? Only two that I can think of. And only one that I know of between the Pac 10 and SEC. Bowl games have traditionally been the best way to compare conferences, because in most cases they're actually designed to create more or less even matchups. The simple heart of the matter is that most years, there can be multiple teams with roughly equal claims to play in a national championship game.


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