No one ever said the BCS was boringPublished 12:04pm Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Bowl Championship Series has been ridiculed, ripped, ravaged and pilloried – and that’s by the individuals who love it.
Last Sunday began the 16th and final season of the BCS version of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, with Alabama on top and a lot of confusion down below.
Only a few sequestered monks were surprised with Alabama being on top, with an average of .9841.
For the past three weeks, Oregon has been hearing that they are the real No. 1 team in the nation. No one in Eugene has panicked, but I am sure some Ducks fans have been scratching their feathers over Florida State jumping them (ever so slightly) into the No.2 spot.
Oregon is No. 2 in both human polls, but the computers have them at No. 4 and FSU is No. 1. Do you hear that USC? Same thing happened to the Trojans in 2003. The Associated Press gave USC the AP title while LSU defeated Oklahoma (who did not win the Big 12 conference).
Oregon, however, has the toughest part of its schedule remaining, as its final five PAC-12 opponents have a combined record of 25-8. If the Ducks take care of business in the remaining conference games – which is considered either the best or second-best conference – how could they be denied?
Ohio State is No. 4, followed by, um, something called Missouri.
Next year, a 13-person selection committee will replace the BCS and choose the top four teams for a playoff.
Translation: next year at this time, you’ll be blaming Condoleezza Rice instead of some faceless computer nerd.
Here are a few facts and figures entering the final BCS season:
Oklahoma has spent the most weeks at the No. 1 spot (20), despite winning only one championship in 2000.
Ohio State and USC have 15 weeks at No. 1, while LSU and Alabama have spent 10 weeks on top, but have claimed five of the 15 BCS titles.
In 2003, Oklahoma got to the title game, but did not win the Big 12 Conference (previously mentioned), and Alabama duplicated that feat in 2011.
Playing it forward, we must now look at the matchup between Tennessee and Alabama.
Remember, Oregon and Alabama will not see each other unless they both play in the title game.
But Oregon did play Tennessee in September and systematically dismantled the Vols, 59-14. The Ducks had a 59-7 lead after three quarters and pulled starting quarterback Marcus Mariota.
The Ducks’ race to the title game begins this Saturday when they host No. 12 UCLA. De’Anthony Thomas will return to the Ducks after missing four games with an ankle injury.
UCLA is the most penalized team in the FBS.
No. 5 Missouri will play its third consecutive SEC East game against No. 21 South Carolina.
Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw is doubtful, but even if he plays, the outcome will be the same.
Missouri is playing at a level right now that has me believing they may be as good as anyone in the conference. Yes, I said as well as anyone in the entire conference.
Quarterback Maty Mauk has stepped in for injured James Franklin without missing a beat. The Tigers are as balanced as any team in the nation
We will find out about No. 10 Texas Tech when they travel to No. 15 Oklahoma this Saturday. The Red Raiders have yet to defeat a team that is currently ranked.
The Red Raiders and first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury will manhandle the Sooners in Norman.
When Tennessee visits Tuscaloosa Saturday, if you happened to be a Vols fan, I would probably start watching the reruns of the game last Saturday against Georgia.
That will be your only pleasurable moment of the weekend.
Throw out the game against Texas A&M. Here are the real numbers: 10, 6, 0, 3, 7, 0.
That is what the opponents have scored against the No. 1 defense in the nation.
Upset alert: Penn State at No.4 Ohio State
Until next time …
Meyers is a sports columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter at @brucemeyers11.