As I walk
out of my apartment on my way to work, I notice a slight chill in
the air. As the leaves turn to a darker shade of orange (not the light,
overrated shade of orange that the leaves turn in Knoxville), I think
to myself, ‘Isn’t about that time of year to begin complaining
about the BCS?’
Yes, it is time.
As we all know, every year around mid-October, the nation gathers
together to curse the defective system known as the Bowl Championship
Series… at least most of the nation. I don’t think that
anyone from the likes of Miami, Tennessee, Oklahoma or USC have
the right to complain, because the BCS has been holding them by
the hand since October 18. If you have not noticed, these teams
will always receive the benefit of the doubt from the ‘computers’
as well as the biased human polls.
First of all, Tennessee is a decent team, but still easily overrated.
Tennessee should not have beaten Florida, whom was a much better
team at the beginning of the season; much like LSU was (random case-for-Auburn-remark).
We all know about the controversial call by the referee, who is
obviously a Vol’s fan, putting Tennessee in field goal range,
thus handing them the game. There was plenty of hype going into
the Auburn/Tennessee game IN Knoxville, but who other than the great
eye of truth that is Auburn to reveal the true form of Tennessee
in their 34-10 thrashing.
Now the good thing about beating an overrated team is that it makes
us (Auburn, War Eagle!) look better. We can now say “Hey,
we annihilated a top ten team.” But the bad thing about beating
an overrated team is that overrated teams eventually wither and
die out. I was hoping that Tennessee would win out, thus winning
the SEC West. Under those circumstances, the polls would surely
rank Tennessee in the top 8, considering how much the pollsters
love Tennessee, followed shortly by another sound beating for the
Volunteers by the Tigers, making us look great again. But alas,
that was too much to ask of Tennessee. Tennessee goes down against
Notre Dame and now both of their starting QBs are injured. Now Auburn
will gain nothing by beating them in the SEC Championship, because
now everyone KNOWS that they suck. It was much more beneficial to
Auburn when it was still a secret.
Second of all, the fact that Miami was ever ranked ahead of Auburn
is a slap to my face. It is also a slap to the face of Oklahoma
who was initially behind Miami in the BCS. How blind can the BCS
be? All the signs were there! Having trouble with Louisville (who
is still a very good team, but not great) and N.C. State (whom is
having a terrible season) is not worthy of being ranked in the top
5, much less the top 2. I figured that Miami would have all their
unrealistic dreams shattered by Virginia this Saturday, rather than
TWO WEEKS AGO AGAINST UNC, AND AGAIN LAST WEEK BY CLEMSON! The sad
thing is that if Miami pulls an upset against Virginia this weekend,
they’ll be right back in the top 12.
Hold on, I’m not done yet.
Now we go on to the big issue, the top three. I personally like
Oklahoma over USC, mostly because they play tougher teams and more
often. USC was able to defeat Virginia Tech, Arizona State, and
California, kudos to them for that. But they also pulled some fancy
second-half black magic to defeat a couple of pigskin powerhouses
such as Stanford and Oregon State, give me back two of my kudos.
Oklahoma is a bit better, with not a single dominating win over
Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. I’ll
give Oklahoma two kudos for wins over Texas and Oklahoma State,
but no kudos rewarded for unconvincing wins over Tech and A&M.
If you are the #2 team in the Nation, you better convincingly defeat
anyone greater than #20. So there you have it, two kudos to one
kudo for Oklahoma and USC respectively.
But wait, what’s this? A third contender? You bet your unconvinced
posterior there is! Auburn receives kudos for wins over LSU (when
they were good), Tennessee and Arkansas. I will reward no kudos
for the win over Ole Miss, despite winning by three touchdowns,
was still an satisfying victory. So Auburn takes the lead with three
kudos in my slightly biased ranking system. But wait, Auburn is
capable of gaining three more kudos before playing in the Orange
Bowl (of which they will play in, if my counting of kudos is correct).
Wins against Georgia, Alabama and most likely Tennessee will all
bring in a kudo each. When Auburn wins out, and the BCS is checking
their pants to see if they have the necessary appendages in stock
to do the college football world justice and drop their precious
Oklahoma (or even USC), the Auburn Tigers will find a well-earned
top two spot.
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