Thursday, November 24, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
The talk of the town is the changing picture in the BCS standings.
The standings will change again on late Sunday evening (November 20) after a few very important games are completed. The South Reporter had early deadlines this week because of the impending holiday so I trust that you fans were as attentive as yours truly to the news late Sunday evening.
If you all recall, last week there were four teams still undefeated – the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Boise State, Houston, and last but no way least, Louisiana State University. Is the number one team, in both national rankings and BCS, in jeopardy this week? More on that later, but keep your pencils ready; there might be a quiz.
First Boise State fell from the list of the unbeatens and most probably out of the BCS picture. There were many in all places who had high hopes for Boise. Boise lost to TCU at home. By some standards this is the cardinal sin when a highly ranked team is downed on its own turf.
Next to go were the Cowboys. They had been ranked at number two last week. They, too, are most certainly gone from the big picture. Oklahoma State was done in by Iowa State on Friday evening, a team which they were predicted to best by a hefty margin. The slot vacated by the Cowboys is more than likely to revert back to the grasp of the Crimson Tide.
There was much speculation on Saturday that should this happen, then the BCS computers would more than likely be swayed to put Alabama back in the title game versus LSU – a premise which did not set well with some soothsayers. Listen, I have no problem with it. I have said all along that the Tide was the best. So what if the two best teams in the nation are given a rubber match? It would be the first time that two teams who had met during the regular season ended up in the BCS championship game.
Admittedly, there are others who still have hopes that some fate worse than worse will befall one of these two. Alabama had very little difficulty with its Saturday opponent (Georgia Southern).
And the number one team? Well, they had to face the Ole Miss Rebels in an early evening game on Saturday. So, as I hinted earlier, think the Tigers are in trouble or peril? Don’t get me wrong, I support the alma mater, but the likelihood of the Rebels knocking off the Tigers would be tantamount to Sasquatch being captured and paraded down Main Street, unfettered, to the disbelief of untold millions.
But, what if……..?
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