Thursday, November 22, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
Shakeup in the BCS
This season is no different than preceding years since the inception of the BCS. Just days ago, the Oregon Ducks were rated as number one, replacing the Crimson Tide. By game time in week 12 on Saturday, there had been a flip and Kansas State was ranked one in the nation by the BCS and Oregon was two. Notre Dame was rated three and remained that way until they killed Wake Forest on Saturday. Albeit practically assured a BCS bowl berth, the Irish are not really touted as a national title holder. Don’t ask.
Anyone would be hard pressed to tell you what got into the Baylor Bears. They beat the Mulligan stew out of the number one team (54-24), the Kansas State Wildcats. This was the first time the Bears had ever beaten a number-one-ranked team. Maybe they were just mad that the Stanford Lady Cardinal ended the Lady Bears’ 42-game basketball winning streak in Hawaii on Friday. The Lady Bears had compiled a 40-game season which included the national championship. Baylor’s coach (Kim Mulkey) stated that it could have been the Hawaiian venue.
The games Saturday really shook the old coffee maker. Probably more than one team woke up on Sunday and exclaimed, “What the heck happened?” The Irish had emerged as number one followed by the Crimson Tide. Don’t want to brag, but a certain sports hack told ya’ll that the Tide was not done yet.
Once again, it would appear that the conference (SEC), which everyone loves to hate, is poised to take center stage again in the big picture. If you notice in the SEC, the leaders are only separated by one or two losses. In the East, Georgia 7-1 (10-1), Florida 7-1 (10-1), South Carolina 6-2 (9-2) and in the West, Alabama 6-1 (10-1), LSU 5-2 (9-2), Texas A&M 5-2 (9-2).
And then there were two. Notre Dame and Ohio State are the only teams without losses. On the national list Georgia is three, and Ohio State is four; Oregon drops to number five (four in USA). The SEC maintains six slots in the rankings.
The BCS picture should become crystal clear at the end of next week.
I must mention the ole alma mater. Ole Miss let another one slip away. Charlie Farris summed it up best after the Vanderbilt loss – “We have to figure out a way to stop losing games which we have already won.” Ditto, Charles.
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