Thursday, November 15, 2007
Behind The Scoreboard
Number one falls in year of upsets
It is probably safe at this point to dub this the season of upsets in the collegiate ranks. And we do mean ranks.
Well, or once upon a time, it all started in week number seven of the current season when LSU was number one in the top 25. Then the Tigers met a bunch of Wildcats from Kentucky. You know the rest – in papers you have read and TV coverage you have seen.
There was a new number one. This time the team came from the Big Ten. Ohio State was no stranger to the top notch on the totem pole. The Buckeyes were one of the last three teams in the unbeaten ranks. The other two “unblemisheds” are Kansas (10-0) and Hawaii (8-0). Neither Kansas nor Hawaii is in the Big Ten or, and get this, the SEC.
The irony is that the Buckeyes were deposed by one from their own ranks, the Fightin’ Illini. The latter was not even ranked in the top 25. However, that could very well change early in the week when the NCAA rethinks the ratings. What really matters is how this colored the BCS picture.
LSU again rose to the highest level, followed by Oregon, Oklahoma, Kansas and West Virginia to round out the top five. Ohio State didn’t fall to the bottom rung of the ladder but they did descend to seventh place.
Were the Buckeyes really that good? Of course, they are past champions but were they really superior to most of the teams in the SEC? And we know right now that the reigning champ (Florida), is having difficulties, but the Gators are still good.
And look at Hawaii and Kansas. Would they stand up to the week after week of pummeling which takes place in the SEC? Would they still be unbeaten? Yeah, I know I am asking a lot of questions but not any that you don’t have the answer to.
Excluding the upset at number one, there were six others in the top 25, one of those was Alabama by Mississippi State. Of all the game played during the weekend, this one probably garnered the most attention. So all of you SEC “haters,” you had better take notice.
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