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Sunday, November 19, 2006

A Bunch Of BCS

I think that Michigan and OSU should play again in the title game. This makes all kinds of sense. Of all of the one loss teams, Michigan boasts the most impressive resume. They have only one loss to the consensus best team in the country. USC lost to Oregon State (Trojans lose to Beavers!), and Florida lost to Auburn. You may remember Auburn as the team that Wisconsin destroyed last year in their bowl game. Notre Dame is a joke. There is no plausible case that ND is better than Wisconsin, and it is a travesty that they may yet play in the title game.

Here are some stupid "conventional wisdoms" that my keep Michigan out:

1. Losing later in the season is worse than losing earlier.

Uhm, why? In no other sport is this true. It's not like a late season baseball win moves you up two games in the standings. That would be asinine, and this "what have you done for me lately" attitude that some pollsters adopt is ridiculous.

2. OSU already won, why should Michigan get a second chance? And if Michigan wins, can you really call them the Champs?

First of all, we play the title game at a neutral site for a reason. This game was at OSU. Second, in many sports, teams routinely play each other during the regular season, and then again in the championship game. This would be no different. It's not like this game was scheduled specially just to eliminate one team, this is the normal Big 10 schedule.

3. But Rutgers is undefeated! (Ed: Not anymore). And so is Boise State.

Yes, but Rutgers plays in the terrible big east. They play no one, and either Michigan or OSU (or Wisconsin for that matter) would beat them by 20+ points. It's nice that Rutgers is having a good season, but their degree of difficulty is pretty sorry. Boise state is in Idaho and plays on a blue field, and BCS rules specifically ban these things.

I want to see this game again. I watched it in an evenly divided bar and it was fantastic. No one wants to see OSU-Rutgers. No one.

Call your local AP voter today, and tell him to keep Michigan #2. And while you're at it, tell him to move Notre Dame below Wisconsin


  • As a Michigan Alum and fan, it pains me to say this, but, I think that maybe OSU and Michigan for the championship would not be the best way to go. Don't get me wrong, I would love if it was a rematch, and The big ten finished by being Numbers one to three in the country, but, I think the argument that they just played and one team beat the other one is a good one. The college football system, while very imperfect, does work a certain way, where you really only get one chance.

    I don't know enough about all the other teams out there, but if there is a team arguably as close to being as good as Michigan, with only one loss to a team that was not Ohio State, then, I think it would be reasonable for them to get the chance to go.

    We have 11 national titles already, we'll probably win the Rose Bowl, if there is someone who might be up to the challenge, an underdog who has a shot, then let them go. (Except for USC, which I don't like.) Michigan will be back.

    By Anonymous Phil, at 3:13 PM  

  • Get a life, The game was great I think all college football fans would agree. But if you can't win your conference you should not be in a National Championship game. It also would not be far to Ohio State, what is this a double elimnation tournament? If the polls and BCS system sets up a Michigan-OSU matchup for the Championship it will just put another nail in the cofin of the BCS. Let please just come up with a fair playoff system.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:17 PM  

  • Ohio State wins the 1 game series. If a second game is added then the result is either Ohio State wins the best of a 2 game series – which is the same result as before – or
    Michigan wins and the series is tied 1-1 – no winner. So then on to best of three, best of five, best of seven. Oh wait, that’s baseball.
    Ohio State wins the 1 game series. If a second game is added then the result is either Ohio State wins the best of a 2 game series – which is the same result as before – or - Michigan wins and the series is tied 1-1 – no winner. So then on to best of three, best of five, best of seven. Oh wait, that’s baseball.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:21 PM  

  • I think that in a championship game, the best two teams should play. If you thin that one of the best two teams should not be in the championship game then you should probably justify it with something more substantial than the tired old "if you can't win your conference..." argument. Some conferences are better than others. Winning a bad conference telss you nothing. Getting second in a good conference is impressive.

    If USC wanted to play in the title game that much, they shouldn't have lost to the Beavers. The fact that they will still win the Pac-10 is meaningless because they lost to a bad team, and other schools lost only to better teams.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 7:41 PM  

  • Phil, I don't think that you can make a reasonable case that anyone other than Florida is even close. That USC loss should really just kill them, and while I ripped on Auburn in the post, they're at least respectable. Plus Florida QB of the future Tim Tebow is a nice player.

    But honestly, If it comes down to Michigan and Notre Dame, and Michigan played a harder schedule and trounced ND, is there any reason to keep Michigan out just to give ND a chance?

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 7:45 PM  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:39 PM  

  • What the hell are you people talking about? You make zero sense. Give Michigan two chances? To do what? Be National Champs? No. To knock off the number 1 ranked team? Maybe that's what you're talking about. But they ain't national champs until they win that game in January. A flawed system is not one that "gives a rematch" to a team. A flawed system would be one to place a team that was NOT ranked number 2 in the national championship game just because "they already had their chance".

    There's ONE game that decides the National Championship. Michigan should NOT be punished by not being allowed in the national championship game because of this flawed logic if they are indeed the number 2 ranked team.

    Beyond that, it's now evident that Michigan IS a quality team. Any team that can play on the road and post a three point loss in a close game to the consensus #1 team in the nation seems to be a pretty valid choice to me to be the #2 ranked team. Let them play at the neutral site and see how things go down.

    The BCS is supposed to place the top two teams in the national championship game. Doing anything else would be, well, basically cheating -- intentionally and knowingly disobeying the rules. In no other sport would a "season sweep" of another team mean that if the teams were to meet in whatever postseason, the "sweeper" team would automatically be given the win or a pass to not play the other team. It would be lunacy.

    By Anonymous mitch, at 1:50 AM  

  • I've been convinced. It should be Mighigan and Ohio state in the finals. Definately not Notre Dame.

    By Anonymous Phil, at 8:30 AM  

  • The BCS this year will again give more argument to a playoff. No, it won't be perfect just as the basketball playoff is not perfect.

    As one raised in Florida, I would have to give the nod to the Gators. I am a little biased, I admit, but I still think an SEC schedule is one of the toughest in the land (although the ACC is cathcing up).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:27 PM  

  • We'll see about the SEC in the Capital One Bowl.
    Also, the Big Ten's depth may be getting discounted too much this year. For instance, Penn State's only loses were to OSU, Michigan, Notre Dame & Wisconsin.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 10:38 AM  

  • Michigan does not belong in the final game. The BCS system makes the regular season a 12 week elimination round and OSU eliminated Michigan (and Michigan did the same to ND and Wisconsin). Do not dilute yourself into thinking the BCS is about pitting the 2 best teams. It's about setting a game that will make maximum money. A quick turnaround rematch wouldn't do that. And in this case, the OSU-Michigan was very good, but not great. Was there ever a moment that it appeared Michigan was going to win? (even with 3 OSU TOs) No. There are 5 or 6 teams that would be better to see than Michigan again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:02 PM  

  • Florida just might be the most over rated team I have ever seen. Enjoy yourself on New Years because Florida vs. Ohio State is a joke. The only reason Florida beat Arkansas is Fish can't field a punt.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:55 PM  

  • I just went on Gator and saw something that made me absolutely crack up they said that Florida beating Florida St. was almost the same as Michigan playing Ohio St this may be the worst comparison in the history of the world everybody from florida has no clue whats going on in college football.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:22 PM  

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