About a month ago I wrote a blog of the LSU – Alabama football game that ended 9-6 in overtime. I thought it was a great game and said so. Not everyone agreed. Seems the definition of a good game these days is 52-35. Now we are faced with a rematch for the national title. Good idea? Talk about controversy! This BCS season is full of it.
I saw a poll on CBSsports.com that indicated that only 34% of fans favor this matchup and a whopping 66% believe Oklahoma St. deserves a shot at the Tigers. I’m not sure where I stand on this one. Yes I do. I really think LSU is the best team in the country and Alabama is a very close second. Okie St. is right behind them. Based on that and the BCS system, it has to be LSU vs. Alabama. But I would RATHER see Oklahoma St. in the title game. I would compare it to boxing in the old days; when a contender got beat by the champ, they got the next contender in line to challenge. Alabama had their chance, AT HOME no less, and got beat. Let’s give someone else a shot. But that’s not how the BCS works. According to the rules, it must be BCS #1 against BCS #2, end of story. So, like it or not, that’s the matchup.
That brings us to the subject of a playoff. Seems everyone wants a playoff. You know, if we had a playoff it would probably end up with Kansas St. vs. Boise St. for the championship, which is OK with me, but not glamorous enough for the masses. Anytime you have a tournament there are upsets, that’s how I came up with Boise against KSU. Hey, who could’ve predicted UConn vs. Butler for the round ball championship last year? One way to do a playoff would be to take the top eight in the BCS standings and have a tourney. These would be the eight teams:
3. Oklahoma St.
7. Boise St.
8. Kansas St.
Nope, no one from the Big Ten. And in a seeded tourney #2 always plays #7. That would put Alabama against Boise in the first round. Alabama would be out because we know none of the “big boys” can beat Boise. If we had a tourney for conference champions, these would be some of the teams:
Clemson Northern Illinois
Oklahoma St. Oregon
Wisconsin Arkansas St.
Which would you favor? Frankly, I could go with either.
Finally, how about the bowl matchups? I feel bad for Boise. Everyone knows how good they are but they continue to get robbed. Same with TCU. How did Virginia Tech get a BCS bowl after a beat down by Clemson? And Michigan? What’s with that? Sometimes I really dislike this BCS stuff.
Well, there you have it. Coach Grant’s take on the state of college football. There will be some good matchups, and I’m going to enjoy them. I’m looking forward to Stanford vs. Oklahoma St. the most. How about you?
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