Thursday, October 20, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
SEC shines in BCS
This past weekend was week number seven in the SEC and, of course, in all collegiate football. I threw that last part in because according to persons not really enamored of the SEC, our admiration can become pretty clouded at any part of the season. Even the harshest critics have to admit that a lot of the chest-thumping which goes on in SEC territory can be grounded in facts and production results.
The interest is amped up to the nth degree this time of year because it is when the BCS Standings are generally released. Since its inception some seasons ago, these standings have been taken as gospel by most of the teams who feel that they have a viable shot at “the game.”
The BCS Standings were released late Sunday and it could have been mistaken as an advertisement for SEC teams. Leading the pack at one and two were LSU and Alabama, respectively. Three and four showed both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State making statements for their contention. If you all recall, the Sooners were ranked as number one at the beginning of the season. The Cowboys have truly earned their stripes and slot with the way they have been playing during these first weeks. The next three positions were taken up by Boise State, Wisconsin and Clemson. The last trio of slots was occupied by Stanford, Arkansas and Oregon. At the end of the season, the one and two teams play for the national championship.
At the present juncture, one would be hard pressed to find a soothsayer who would predict that the championship game will have two opponents other than the current two leaders. The final standings just might see a reversal of the top slots. There will be an indication of the future in a couple of weeks when the two titans clash as the two unbeatens in the SEC West. Of course, both are still undefeated for the season. I am going to have to go with Alabama on this one, even though they completely dismantled the Rebels last Saturday.
The leaders in the SEC East going into Saturday were South Carolina and Georgia with identical records of 3-1. If you are thinking – what are the odds of either of these overtaking the West leaders? The answer is not a chance.
This writer is not down on Ole Miss for losing to the Crimson Tide. Let’s face it, when you are beaten by the best, there is little shame. Besides, didn’t the Rebels score first?
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