Can you feel the tension in the air? Can you sense the irritation and disregard coming? The endless conversations and the 8 million different ways to fix the BCS? Yup, it’s bowl season. Now that teams are starting to wrap up conference title spots (or not in the minor-league conferences) it’s time for a little projecting.
To begin with, here are a couple of links with projections from those much more professional than I (quite literally as they get paid and, well, I’m just happy about the red velvet cake at football games).
Most of those picks provide just one game I’d really be interested in watching: the title game. The rest? Yawners. Georgia Tech vs. TCU? Massacre. Oregon vs. Ohio State? Please. Haven’t we seen enough of the Pac 10 abusing Ohio State? Matter of fact, haven’t we seen enough of any conference abusing Ohio State? USC vs. Penn State could be interesting except for the fact that it will be in the Rose bowl. Alabama vs. Cincinnati? Give me a break.
If I ran the BCS, I’d A) do away with myself for a playoff or B) get rid of these silly rules about which conferences play each other and how many teams are allowed in from each conference. These would be my matchups.
The title game will be the winner of the SEC Championship against Texas. I have no problem with either matchup. For arguments sake, I’ll throw in Alabama. It’s a classic battle of offense vs. defense in which the SEC team will win. You get two Heisman candidates, Colt McCoy and Mark Ingram, and several future NFL stars packed into one field. It’s really what the title game should be about.
The Orange Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. LSU. That’s right, LSU. The only-two-teams-from-each-conference rule just went out the window. And good riddance. It’s pouring rain outside and that rule deserves the punishment. Seriously, lets think about it. There’s a wide consensus around college football that there are three legit teams this season in whatever order: Alabama, Florida and Texas. Everyone else is playing for fourth and really, you could rank any team in the top 10 in any order after the top 3. LSU has played 2/3 of the legit teams and played them very well. They lost to Florida by just 10 and ‘Bama by 9, in a game that could have been a lot closer depending on what monitor the refs looked at for Patrick Peterson’s interception. This would be a great matchup for both sides. Paul Johnson would love another crack at LSU after last year’s embarrassment in Atlanta for a chance to show how far his team has come this season. LSU would get a chance to prove they’re still a good program despite the two losses to Florida and ‘Bama.
The Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Oregon. I’m not really sold on anyone in the Pac 10 this season but they have a very strong record in BCS games. Many on the left coast complain about not getting a shot at the big time SEC programs. This is your shot, boys. As a sidebar, it’d be great if Legarrette Blount and Brandon Spikes had a steel cage deathmatch at halftime.
Rose Bowl: USC vs. Boise State. Another “shot at the big boys” game here. Boise State has had a good season, with a win over the potential Pac 10 champs, Oregon, who were then playing with their top NFL prospect, Blount. However, that win was on the ridiculous blue turf. Could they replicate such a performance on the road? That remains to be seen. But against a team that has lost to Oregon, it should prove for a good game.
Fiesta Bowl: Cincinnati vs. TCU. OK, give the wannabees their game. Frankly, I haven’t watched a second of either team because I’m usually busy on Friday nights when high school teams play. But, they’re both undefeated so I’ll give them their chance at glory.
You may notice one key omission: the Big 10. Since none of those teams beat a top-10 program, they’re out (Note: Iowa losing to Northwestern and beating Northern Iowa and Arkansas State by a total of 5 points cancels out the win over overinflated Penn State). In my BCS, they don’t make the cut. To play the best, you have to beat the best. Or at least try.
Until next time, Ball Hard.