You’ll have to forgive me, but I’m going to mount my soapbox for a moment and talk about something dear to my heart: college football.
Since when does the Top-10 in college football not represent the ten best teams in the nation?
In my apparent naiveté, I thought the top-ranked team should be considered the best, and then down to the No. 10 team. Meaning that, all things equal, the No. 1 team should beat the No. 10 team, No. 3 should beat No. 6, so on and so forth.
That is obviously not the case.
Let’s take a look at the current BCS rankings (and, for the record, you could remove that C from BCS and it would be truer to the mark).
No. 1 Oregon
No. 2 Auburn
No. 3 TCU
No. 4 Boise State
No. 5 Utah
No. 6 Alabama
No. 7 Nebraska
No. 8 Oklahoma
No. 9 Wisconsin
No. 10 LSU
Now the top two teams, Oregon and Auburn, I have no problem with. Flip ‘em, flop ‘em, do what you will and those two teams have proven to be the two teams to beat in the nation. They should play for a National Championship, but, with life in the SEC being what it is, there is a good chance the Tigers (or is that War Eagles? I’m never quite sure) could stumble.
And then we arrive at No. 3 and TCU.
Does anyone in their right mind honestly believe that TCU could beat Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma? Is there something I am missing? The Horned Frogs might be pretty solid, but in no way, shape or form could they stay on the field and grind out a win over the Crimson Tide. Heck, they couldn’t beat No. 11 Ohio State.
And don’t even get me started on TCU’s chances to beat No. 19 South Carolina. Ask Nick Saban and Alabama how easy it is to beat Spurrier.
That said, TCU is ranked higher, so the polls and the computers must believe the Horned Frogs are capable of beating every team in the nation with the exception of Oregon and Auburn.
Does that sound a little fishy to anyone else?
No. 4 Boise State.
Ever since the Broncos upset Oklahoma a few years ago, it seems the polls and the computers now consider them a team worthy of being at the top of the rankings.
I’ve got news for you, what happened in years past is not supposed to have anything to do whatsoever with what is happening this year.
I keep hearing the name Kellen Moore in conjunction with great quarterback.
You know what I don’t hear? Any serious talk of Moore winning the Heisman. Sure he’s mentioned, usually as the No. 3 guy behind Cam Newton at Auburn and LaMichael James at Oregon.
You know why? The Broncos don’t play anyone and all of Moore’s stats come against teams like San Jose State and Louisiana Tech.
Even with that said, I half hope that Boise finds itself in the National Championship game.
That would most likely be against Oregon, who should win out. In that scenario, Auburn would lose to Alabama and then Alabama would lose to whoever emerges from the mire that is the SEC East in the SEC Championship game.
Do you know what would happen should Oregon face Boise State in the title game? James would rush for 300 yards and five touchdowns and the contest would be over by halftime. Maybe then we could stop hearing about Boise State.
And then you get to Utah at No. 5.
If there is a single person in the nation who could look me in the eye and tell me Utah could beat everyone below it in the Top 25, I’d wonder what universe I’d stepped into.
The only team in the Top 25 that the Utes might beat is No. 23 Nevada, and that is only because Nevada is remarkably over ranked.
And that’s all I’m going to say about Utah.
My main problem with the current ranking system is that it doesn’t truly take into account strength of schedule.
Take Alabama, for instance. The Crimson Tide lost to South Carolina and fell in the standings. The loss was considered a bad one.
Too bad it wasn’t. Playing an SEC schedule means you play eight teams during the season who are capable of coming out and beating you.
Don’t believe me? Then explain exactly why South Carolina followed their upset win over then No. 1 Alabama with a loss to Kentucky.
The Gamecocks lost that game because they didn’t come out ready to play, and in the SEC, that means you lose.
Teams such as Auburn, Alabama, LSU, South Carolina and Mississippi State don’t get the luxury of only playing two or three good teams a year, because they play a good teams eight out of the 12 times that they step onto the field. It’s easy to pull out an upset victory over a team late in the season if you’ve had nine or 10 games before that which amount to nothing more than tune-ups. The same goes for the Big 12 and the Pac 10. In all three conferences, you play a solid team each week and aren’t allowed to take a game off.
With all that said, my Top-10 is as follows:
No. 1 Auburn
No. 2 Oregon
No. 3 Alabama
No. 4 LSU
No. 5 Oklahoma
No. 6 Nebraska
No. 7 Wisconsin
No. 8 Ohio State
No. 9 South Carolina
No. 10 Missouri
I rank them thus because I believe that from No. 1 down, each higher ranking would beat each ranking below it. The only exception would be the Crimson Tide. Alabama is probably still the best team in college football, top to bottom, but they came out flat against South Carolina and could do so again against Auburn or Oregon.
And that’s how the rankings are supposed to work.
Of course, a playoff system could solve all of this, but that is a blog for another day.
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I personally cannot stand Boise State. They rank right beside Notre Dame in my book. I think TCU is a decent team. They play a much tougher schedule than Boise State, but not a SEC-type schedule.
However, I think if TCU and Boise State played for the National Championship that it would change college football. The big conference presidents who prefer the current BCS bowl system would want to have a playoff to prevent these lower tier programs with their wimpy schedules from playing for the NC every year.
That is very well said.
Neither team deserves to play for the title, but if they did, I believe a playoff system would quickly follow.
Maybe that is the secret to getting the main conferences on board with a playoff system, force them out of the title game.
Thanks for posting.