Thursday, January 10, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
SEC flexes its muscle
It is down to the phase of the NFL which we like to refer to as the “sudden death” phase. Namely, a win and you are in; a loss and you are tossed.
And it just started this past weekend with the wildcard round. This column isn’t about that. Since they have only just begun (as the song goes), we’ll catch up later.
I want you all to know that this column is being written well before the 7 p.m. kickoff for the NCAA BCS Bowl Championship. But it is entirely necessary to finish painting the bowl picture (as we have been wont to do for many years now in this column) in the NCAA ranks.
It has been called a wild and whacky ending this season with teams going up and down in the standings not unlike a teeter-totter to get to this point. And we have to make grand note of the fact that of the 30-some odd bowls staged by every entity with a fortune to invest in athletics, the SEC claimed nine of these spots in post season play.
And they won seven out of the nine. If one reads back a couple of paragraphs, one will find that I said this column is being written well in advance of the game on January 7 at 7 p.m. So that means that I plan for the SEC team (LSU) to win.
The list of teams from the SEC reads like a litany – (in random order), Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and the aforementioned Bayou Bengals. Of the games played previously to January 7, by my count we lost two of those contests.
We are not trying to make the other conferences in the NCAA feel bad and inferior (well, actually we are), but facts are facts. There is no other conference coming too close to that number – the Big Ten, the Big East, the Big West, the Big North, the Big South – anyway, you get the message.
Why am I so sure that LSU will take out the Buckeyes in this BCS? History.
Easy. And simple. Ohio State has never taken out an SEC entry in eight tries.
Don’t mind the fact that Ohio State (Big 12) is ranked number one and LSU is rated number 2. Ohio has one more win than LSU. Don’t worry about that either. Yeah, I told myself all that, then I checked the latest line – LSU by four. SEC, we did it again.
P.S. – Remember Florida beat Ohio State last season in the BCS Championship.
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