Stop Your Whining
It's Nick Saban vs. Les Miles Part Deux. AP File Photo/Rob Carr
With the Dodgers postseason run, the Lakers undefeated start to their season and the election and subsequent hangover getting in the way, let’s talk some football!
And by talk I don’t mean whine endlessly about the BCS. At every turn people are just bemoaning what an awful system the BCS is. Even President-Elect Obama mentioned that he is in favor of an eight-team playoff for college football.
Let me put this in plain English: A PLAYOFF SYSTEM WILL NEVER HAPPEN. I will be given the right to marry before this happens.
As with anything political in nature, this all comes down to money. The bowl games give money directly to schools and conferences, whereas a playoff system will give the money to the NCAA. That’s why the Rose Bowl with the Pac-10 and Big Ten conferences didn’t join the first two attempts (Bowl Coalition and Bowl Alliance) to determine a consensus national champion.
So if you don’t like it, stop watching it. The national championship game averages around a 17 rating and plateaued with a 21.7 for the USC-Texas Rose Bowl in 2006. With numbers like that all the money is going into the pockets of the bowls, conferences and schools. So stop it.
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide at #16 LSU Tigers. It's a Nick Saban homecoming! After bolting the Tigers for the NFL, Saban comes back to Baton Rouge for the first time with his top-ranked Tide. Though still strong the Tigers just aren't what they used to be. With players gone to the NFL, the Tigers are a young team that aren't quite so strong on defense and not as quick on offense. The Tide however boast on the best run-blocking offensive lines in the country. However try playing in Baton Rouge as a visiting team. Good luck. LSU defeats Alabama 24-15. 12:30 pm CBS
#9 Oklahoma State Cowboys at #2 Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Red Raiders are tough sons-of-bitches. That final offensive play with Graham Harrell throwing that pass behind Michael Crabtree was one of those plays that will be replayed for the rest of the season. And the Raiders have a defense that suffocated the Texas Longhorns and stepped on their throats. The Cowboys meanwhile have beat then #3 Missouri in Colombia and was close to upsetting then #1 Texas in Austin. Oklahoma State defeats Texas Tech 16-14. Will not be shown here in Southern California thanks to the Cal-USC game.
Here are the 15 teams playing the best football regardless of record.
1. Florida (7-1, 5-1 SEC)
2. Texas (8-1, 4-1 Big 12)
3. Texas Tech (9-0, 5-0 Big 12)
4. Oklahoma (8-1, 4-1 Big 12)
5. Alabama (9-0, 5-0 SEC)
6. USC (7-1, 5-1 Pac-10)
7. Oklahoma State (8-1, 4-1 Big 12)
8. Boise State (8-0, 4-0 WAC)
9. Penn State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten)
10. Utah (10-0, 6-0 MWC)
11. Georgia (7-2, 4-2 SEC)
12. TCU (9-2, 6-1 MWC)
13. BYU (8-1, 4-1 MWC)
14. Missouri (7-2, 3-2 Big 12)
15. Ball State (9-0, 5-0 MAC)
Florida is playing the best football in the country hands down. They are the fastest team in the country, and if you're running backs are averaging 11 yards per carry something must be going right. And I know a lot of people have hardons over Penn State, but they're as good as their record. They struggled against Ohio State, and I just have a hard time giving any team in the Big Ten any credibility.
Enjoy Saturday's games. I'll be in Cabazon shopping my heart out.