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Tag:Coaches' Poll
Posted on: January 9, 2009 12:54 am
Edited on: January 9, 2009 12:59 am
 

CFB: Split? Maybe. Unanimous? Definitely not.

A while ago, Florida and Oklahoma played one of the better college football games I've watched this year. The outcome was not a certainty until the last five minutes of the game. It looked like the Sooners wore down, and the Gators jumped all over the momentum and ended up with a 24-14 victory and the BCS national title. Both teams looked good, but Florida was the better team of the two tonight. As far as the questions of "Could Utah beat Florida?" and "Could Texas beat Florida?" and "Could USC beat Florida?" and any variation of the aforementioned teams plus a few other teams, we will never know.

But,  understand, the BCS national title is not the only "title" in town. There are many who believe Utah should be declared the winner of the final AP Poll of the year. And we have already heard how a couple of coaches are planning to vote in the Coaches' Poll, and it won't be for Florida. So, even though we have a winner and a runner up in the BCS "national championship" game, opinions obviously vary as to whether the two best teams in the country played in this game. Other coaches are saying they have the number one team in the country.

We know who the BCS tells us should be the "national champion," but that definitely won't be the end of the discussion, because, even if Florida finishes first in the AP and the Coaches' polls, you can bet those won't be unanimous. Oklahoma still may get some #1 votes in these polls. Texas will get some #1 votes in both polls. USC may get some #1 votes in both polls. As stated earlier, there are many -- writers, coaches, fans -- who believe Utah deserves part or all of the AP "championship."

These arguments will not stop, perhaps ever. A playoff may come along, but it won't be for a while yet, at least until someone figures out how to break the stranglehold the BCS and the "money men" backing it have on the bowls and how the championship is decided.

Congratulations to Florida and Oklahoma on a well-played game. But don't expect the world of college football in totality to buy into who the BCS "authorities" have named champion.

Posted on: November 23, 2008 6:02 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2008 8:34 pm
 

OFF-TOPIC: CFB -- Hooray for Utah! Penn St.?

First off, kudos to Utah for finishing their season undefeated at 12-0 and busting their way into a BCS bowl game. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth over this among supporters of other "stronger" conferences, but undefeated is undefeated, and Utah deserves all the consideration given any other undefeated team (an idealistic, though not realistic, and not in line with accepted thinking point of view, I know).

And why didn't Penn State go to 5 after beating #17 Michigan State (9-2 going into the game) yesterday 49-18? Sure, USC beat unranked Stanford 45-23, but I think PSU's victory over a ranked 9-2 Michigan team trumps a 45-23 USC victory over an unranked Stanford team.

Here are the polls as of today:

AP Poll

1. Alabama
2. Florida
3. Oklahoma
4. Texas
5. USC
6. Penn St.
7. Texas Tech
8. Utah
9. Boise State
10. Ohio State

Coaches' Poll

1. Alabama
2. Oklahoma
3. Florida
4. Texas
5. USC
6. Penn St.
7. Utah
8. Texas
9. Boise State
10. Ohio State

Judging by how the two "paper" polls have come out today, it will be interesting to see what the computers say when the BCS comes out. If it already has, my apologies. I haven't been able to find it. I think we are being set up for another split championship and quite possibly a three-way disagreement among the "paper" polls and the BCS. What a mess this is.

Ball State continues to roll, too, but there likely will be left out in the cold when BCS time comes. Undeservedly so, but, again, we are dealing with a biased, weighted system that isn't fair to everyone, if anyone. Keep it up, Cardinals!

And Boise State stayed undefeated, too, with one game left. Go, Broncos!

 
 
 
 
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