Thursday, November 18, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
Oregon still on top
The Ducks can probably thank whomever Ducks thank in situations like this, but they escaped the weekend with all their tail feathers and the number one ranking in collegiate football.
We all recall the misfortunes which seemed to have befallen the highly rated week after week. Oregon just barely slid past the embarrassing fate of its predecessors when it was allowed to keep its unblemished record and the numero uno designation. California did its best to wipe it all away on Saturday – falling just two points short at 15-13.
The unranked Golden Bears would have just loved to be the team which knocked off the leader of the PAC 10 and a strong contender for the BCS championship. BCS selectors have a history of frowning on teams which rack up big scores all season and then register close scrapes near the end. Oregon had not won a game by less than 11 points all season. And the Ducks are not in this pond alone.
They have Auburn, TCU and Boise State close on their webbies. Don’t you just love the patience of Boise State? Boise keeps putting up big numbers each week (whipped Idaho 52-14 Friday) and still remains at position four. Of course, the Broncos’ perfect record (9-0) makes them a viable prospect for the BCS championship. Their remaining schedule lists Fresno State, Nevada and Utah.
I know that some of you were wondering – “When is he going to get to the SEC?” Well, now. The title game has already been set and we know who the stars will be. It had been decided some time back that the Auburn Tigers would already be in Atlanta to welcome whoever their opponent would be. It wasn’t decided until Saturday that it would be the number 22 Gamecocks of South Carolina. The “ole ball coach,” who had called Florida home for many trophy-filled years, returned to “The Swamp” and knocked the Gators out of the East. It is not a tidy bow just yet. South Carolina has to get past Auburn to enter BCS contention. However, it probably doesn’t matter who the Gamecocks face. They just won their first SEC division championship.
And speaking of the number one team in the SEC, the Tigers had a huge scare from Georgia when they had to come back from a 21-7 deficit and then fend the ’Dawgs off down the stretch to finally register the 49-31 victory. Georgia has a very significant and historical stake in these games. The ’Dawgs and Tigers have the oldest rivalry among Southern collegiate football teams.
And reporters followed the Tigers quarterback, Cam Newton, bombarding him with questions about the alleged recruiting scandal. It surfaced this past week that Cam’s father was allegedly the one trying to “shop the talents” on his son. It is important to note that the NCAA has not made any ruling on these charges.
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