Thursday, November, 17, 2005

Behind The Scoreboard
By Claude Vinson


They were all at the top of the list. And at the top of their game. The hierarchy of the AP top 25 read thusly – USC, Texas, Miami, Alabama. That is how they stacked up in descending order.

Let me make it clear that I don’t see how Miami was rated in the slot above Alabama after week nine. The Hurricanes had one loss (7-1) as did LSU. However, the Tigers were slotted below the Tide. It just seems unjust that a 7-1 team grabs a higher standing than a 9-0.

Anyway, that was week nine. Saturday the football winds blew a slight change at the near top of the pyramid. The Tigers and the Tide locked claws (or ebbs. What? What else do Tides do?) The teams standing at 4 (Tide) and 5 (Tigers), looked every bit like the teams one would want in the BCS. The game had to be decided in overtime with the Tigers coming up with the three-point victory.

The loss knocked the Tide from the ranks of the unbeatens and just about guaranteed that there would not be a representative from the SEC in the biggest bowl game of the collegiates.

But that does not mean there isn’t plenty more excitement left in the SEC. During the weekend campaigns, South Carolina, under new head coach Steve Spurrier, shocked the entire Gator world by knocking off Florida. This writer has remarked before that Steve gets the job done in the college circles.

And as the football gods would deign it, the Tide is going to have to face some more Tigers next Saturday. They match up with Auburn with perfectly identical SEC records (6-1).

If you all can recall in the past, yours truly has lambasted the BCS process. Well, unless there is some major snafu with the BCS computers, this one should be a touchdown (you have to resist the urge to say “slam dunk”). The number one and number two teams both had big wins over the weekend. Texas (#2) beat Kansas 66-14 and USC (#1) avenged its only defeat in two years by walloping California 35-10. The BCS computers are supposed to pick the best of the ones and twos, right?

Hate to end this on a discouraging note about the ole alma mater, but the Rebels became their own enemy in their game with the Razorbacks. They blew a commanding lead to allow the Razorbacks to go on and win 28-17. An unnecessary personal foul started the meltdown.

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