Thursday, December 8, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
Rematch January 9
OK, what is it that everyone wants to hear this week? What about Tiger Woods’ amazing comeback after a two-year drought on the links? It appears that all has been forgiven judging by the way the gallery responded to his exploits around every hole. Or what about Venus Williams’ almost wardrobe malfunction in Milan, Italy, on Saturday when she nearly had a Janet Jackson moment? Luckily, the tennis goddess recovered and left the court before there was, shall we say, maximum exposure.
But, nah, everyone wants to hear about what happened with the authorized voters and those cantankerous (and inexplicable?) computers, who and which select the contestants for the NCAA’s greatest stage. This time they didn’t waste a lot of time. You know, usually they let it hang until 7 or 8 o’clock in the evening before the results are released. Late afternoon the final tallies were in and to most of our delight, they were just what we expected.
There was no change in the top three of the BCS rankings. LSU was still rightfully number one and Alabama was staunchly number two. There were a few variations in some positions in the two polls, but it generally went like this from the fourth position on down – Stanford was number four, USC was five, Oregon was six, Arkansas was seven, Boise was eight, Wisconsin was nine and South Carolina was 10.
The Cowboys of Oklahoma State reportedly ran a very close third if certain sources are to be believed, but the word is that the computers (with workings that are mostly secretive) had no problem in selecting the Crimson Tide for the big game. This will be the first time in the 14-year history of the BCS that the game features a rematch of two regular season opponents. Now the Cowboys won the Big 12 by soundly embarrassing their arch-rival, Oklahoma, and outing a dozen of their own fans in the hospital during the immediate post-game celebration. The victory over the Sooners notwithstanding, some experts contend that a game with LSU would have been a blowout.
Given the close circumstances of the LSU victory over Alabama, the feeling was generally that a rematch would be more entertaining than a blowout. Whichever would have been, or could have been, will be on January 9, 2012, in New Orleans, La. Yours truly will have to stick with the Tide. A wounded elephant can be just as dangerous as an injured bear.
And if there is anyone out there with heartburn over Houston not being included in the BCS standings, Southern Miss should have answered all those questions with the 49-28 drubbing of the only other undefeated team in the NCAA Division I.
So, why wasn’t Southern Miss included? I don’t know, actually.
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