Thursday, December 5, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
The week just finished was certainly the “week that was.” That stamp must be pressed on the collegiate ranks. Things went all “gang agley” in the college venue and the BCS standings.
This is the time of the season when the intra-state rivalries are really showcased. It does not bode well for coaches and players to come up with the short straw in these contests. Some of these meetings carry connotations which impact the season-ending scenario as a whole.
Some of the most notable of these are USC vs. UCLA, Duke vs. North Carolina, Kansas State vs. Kansas, Southern University vs. Grambling State, Georgia vs. Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Monroe vs. Louisiana- Lafayette, Arizona vs. Arizona State, University of Central Florida and South Florida, Clemson and South Carolina, Oregon and Oregon State, TCU vs. Baylor, Ole Miss vs. Miss State.
Yours truly is not going to play the ole favoritism card and put more emphasis on the “Egg Bowl” than it is due; however, since it was played on Turkey Day there has been time to have a few discussions about the outcome. Personally, I am pleased another SEC team has elevated itself to bowl-worthy status. And the Bulldogs added another footnote to their history to become eligible for a fourth consecutive bowl. The Bullies will more than likely end up in the Liberty Bowl. Hey, I am just guessing here.
It is not hard to imagine that those BCS computers were chomping at the bit when they got the news of some of the outcomes of the biggest games late Saturday evening. Quickly, the BCS standings have an entirely unexpected look. Florida State was declared number one, Ohio State (because of its win over Michigan) number two and the rest of the field, five through 10, shook out like this; Mizzou at five, O.K. State at six, Stanford at seven, South Carolina at eight, Baylor at nine and Michigan State at 10.
Northern Illinois cracked the rankings at number 14 and is the only other unbeaten team (12-0, like Ohio State and Florida State). Where it will land is uncertain because its strength of competition will probably keep it out of the most lucrative selections.
If you have already noticed that I skipped over numbers three and four back yonder, it was through design but mostly shock, disappointment and dismay. Well, a lot of shock. In my wildest imaginings I would not have predicted a win by Auburn in this Iron Bowl.
It came down to simple numbers, one (second on the clock), three (missed field goals) and 57 (yards on an attempt).
I am not going to outguess coach Nick Saban. Just a last parting question, “What were you thinking?”
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