December 05, 2005

Hidden: Bowl system is CRAP: First of all, whomever wins the SEC ought to play for the National Championship. If an SEC team goes undefeated (Auburn last year) they should be given the Nat'l Championship outright and let everyone else play for 2nd. Look at the only two other conferences in the NCAA. Pac 10 and Big 12. The best #2 teams they could post were beaten like 150-12? Yes Texas and Southern Cal are good, but put them in the SEC and they would lose. There simply isn't an "easy week" in the SEC. Furthermore, the battle for recruits in the SEC is tougher than anywhere else. For example, South Georgia is a hotbed of football. Below the Gnat Line, there are 5 legitimate schools with BIG programs to go to...Auburn, Bama, Georgia, Florida and FSU. In Southern Cali, you go to UCLA or USC if you are a top flight player. The SEC disperses the local talent widely and then beats the Ever Lovin' Jesus out of each other killing their own records, killing their opponent's record and therefore their BCS standing.

posted by Wrigley South to football at 09:06 AM - 9 comments

I don't buy your SEC logic, especially this year. I agree the SEC has terrific football talent, but there have been previous years when teams in that conference have been stronger when compared on a national level. Just because those teams are generally good most seasons doesn't mean they are a lock to ever beat a Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Ohio State, etc. It's too easy to say SEC teams are penalized because they play in a tough conference. Well, if the entire conference has a bunch of good teams any particular year, and no really outstanding team, then of course they're going to knock each other off, just like Georgia and LSU. Some schools, especially from the Big East, wanted to switch conferences because of all the money it meant to their schools in general, in football, basketball, etc. But, by doing so, they also made it tougher to possibly go undefeated and get a BCS nod like West Virginia did. That's the choice they made. The SEC is doing fine, so I'm not going to feel sorry for them (especially this year).

posted by dyams at 09:19 AM on December 05, 2005

see: Big Ten football

posted by chmurray at 09:20 AM on December 05, 2005

FSU is ACC. So is Miami, which you didn't include. Maybe the SEC isn't as beast as you say it is, but rather a bunch of teams that are on equal footing with each other, but a step below the elite teams. BTW, Chris Rix was a blue-chip recruit from SoCal and he didn't go to USC or UCLA. Rather he made us 'Nole fans suffer through four years.

posted by bucsforever at 09:22 AM on December 05, 2005

i agree with the bcs not being crap and all, but to give the sec champ the natl title? come one...that would be as, if not more crappy than the system we have now. i've said it before; let there be a college post-season. let the teams dooke it out to see who really is that best.

posted by big south at 09:23 AM on December 05, 2005

dyams, thanks for bringing up the Big East, screw those teams, thats what they get. As far as the BCS, its not a good system and hasnt worked in the past. However, this year it did.

posted by steelcityguy at 09:44 AM on December 05, 2005

Wrigley, the BCS schedule isn't really a quality link. You've obviously got some strong opinions and seem interested in expressing them; why not write 'em up in a column?

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:44 AM on December 05, 2005

Wow! We're you up late last night or what? You had me with the BCS as crap, then I read just giving the SEC Champ the National Title! You didn't even include the Big 10, who by the way have the 3rd best team in the Nation playing a crap FSU team in the Orange Bowl and could give Texas or USC a real challenge. Now Wrigley, you and I have mostly agreed on alot of our comments here but I got a feeling your just having a bad day. Unfornuately the powers that be will probably screw several other teams like Auburn last year and Oregon this year but as long as the fans keep showing up and spending the money at the Bowl Games I'm afraid this sham of a BCS system will continue to taint the joy that is College Football. Oh yea! Go Blue, Go Bears and mostly GO CUBS!

posted by skydivedad at 09:44 AM on December 05, 2005

SportsFilter is a place to share newsworthy and notable links related to sports. The BCS link here was just an excuse to rant about the SEC not getting its props.

posted by rcade at 09:50 AM on December 05, 2005

I agree the SEC was the toughest conference this year. I don't agree that Southern Cali kids go to USC or UCLA....they go to something much bigger...the PAC-10. Once again the pac-10 got shafted as the 10-1 ducks of Oregon with their one loss to umm....oh yeah USC and their #5 ranking in the bs..I mean bcs. Their reward is a bowl game on the 29th! The pac-10 had the best non-conference record. Oh and by the way every conference beats up on each other, it's called conference play. If the winner of sec played for the title, we'd have more situations like we did this year with an 8-4 Florida St. playing in the orange bowl.

posted by yoda at 10:12 AM on December 05, 2005

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