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Although we are sad that the 2016 – 2017 college football season is coming to a close, the country cannot wait for the Alabama – Clemson rematch on Monday night in Tampa.
Many of the Talking Heads had predicted from day 1 that this rematch would happen. The Tide and Tigers gave us a historic battle last year for the National Championship game and there is no reason why it won’t happen again. Explosive offense ( Clem-and-Son) vs. a stone wall defense (Alabama). Experienced Heisman candidate QB (Watson) vs. inexperienced freshman QB (Hurts). Legendary coach (Saban) vs. one of the finest young coaches in the country (Ya Ba Dabo).
Since the finish of week 9 in college football, all of the Talking Heads have referred to week 10 as…Separation Saturday. There was #1 Clemson vs. #16 FSU, #2 LSU vs. #4 Alabama, and #8 TCU vs. #14 Oklahoma State. On top of those powerhouse games, the schedule was dotted with other great and impactful games. Well, for once, they all lived up to the hype! All we heard on talk radio this week was how some teams got screwed in the initial CFP rankings that came out on Tuesday.
Nobody got screwed, there are a few weeks to go and it will play itself out. There is a bias towards the SEC they said! Callers said the committee is out to get the Big 12 because they don’t have a conference championship game! No one outside of the Power 5 conferences has a chance was a big topic! Shut up and play! Newsflash…Alabama is the best team in the country as proven last night with their dominance over LSU.
With 21 bowl games now in the books (and 17 more to go), let’s catch up on some of the highlights and lowlights of this years version of “Bowl Mania”.
The coaching merry-go-round…Harbaugh to Meechigan? The worst kept secret in college football will be announced today at noon when former ’49er HC Jim Harbaugh leaves the left coast for all the $$$ to become the top man in Ann Arbor. WHY??? The Big 10 is a dying conference (#5 out of the Big 5 ) that is owned by the Urbanites currently. Oh sure, every once in a while Wisconsin or Michigan State is competitive, but the Wolverines have been dying for years. Can he resurrect the Maize and Blue? Probably. But it may take a few years and in the meantime Ohio State will run roughshod over the depleted Big 10 and remain the face of the conference. Until the Big 10 starts playing a competitive non conference schedule and starts winning major bowl match ups, Harbaugh, Michigan, and the rest of the Big 10 will never be relevant again on the national scene. Enjoy the big jack Jimmy!
The hootin’ and hollerin’ is over now but the College Football Playoff committee really did get the best 4 teams in the playoffs.
The biggest issue was on how they arrived at those 4 deserving teams. The top 3 ( Alabama, Oregon, and FSU ) were no brainers. The mess became, and has been for several weeks, picking the 4th team. When TCU went from 3rd one week to being out of it on the last day, that was the rub. If the truth be known, Ohio State, TCU, and Baylor were so evenly matched in every facet of the argument that any of the 3 could have made it.
No matter who was chosen, there were going to be 2 upset universities. OSU overcame so much adversity with the loss of not just one, but 2 starting QB’s. Baylor beats TCU but played the poorest non-conference schedule. TCU blew a 21 point lead to Baylor and lost in their head to head showdown. OSU plays in the worst of the “Big 5” conferences and lost to a poor Virginia Tech squad in their only competitive non-conference game. You can just go on and on about the comparisons but in the end, the Big 12 does not have a conference championship game and that hurt both TCU and Baylor. Message to the Big 12 – go find 2 more teams and fix this problem or you will put your universities at risk every year.
Dramatically, and sadly, the regular season has come to a close. But as is with every year, the mess that we know as “Selection Sunday” has just begun.
We hated the BCS computer process in years past. And now, the CFP committee will come under fire. They are in a no win situation. Three teams are locks – Alabama, Oregon, and FSU. The 4th and final spot is an absolute mess with TCU, Ohio State, and Baylor. It could have been made a little easier if someone ( FSU ) had gotten beat last night…or Wisconsin had taken out Ohio State. But noooo! Everyone won. ‘Bama crushed Missouri, Oregon smashed Arizona, FSU squeaked by Georgia Tech, TCU demolished Iowa State, Ohio State embarrassed Wisconsin, and Baylor nipped Kansas State leaving the committee with an impossible choice.
Oregon is in and we await the remaining 3 participants! Talk about doing what you are supposed to do! Make a statement, take care of business, and leave no doubt to the selection committee. That’s just what Oregon did last night when they steamrolled, demolished, and flat out dominated Arizona. The final score of 51-13 could have been even worse had the Ducks not kicked several early FG’s. Mississippi State had a chance to do it in the Egg Bowl and failed. UCLA had a chance to do it in their season finale versus Stanford and they failed. Play to win, or, play not to lose?
The Ducks did not fail. Arizona had beaten them twice in a row ( once this season and also last year ) and this was a REVENGE game. The scene was set at the beautiful Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. Although the stadium was not full, and the weather did not cooperate, the players, coaches, and die hard fans were jacked up! I knew from the coin toss that Oregon was playing to win. They won the toss and elected to receive, or as I like to say, ” I want to score first and force you to play catch up”! Receive the opening kick off, drive, score. Kick off, create a fumble, drive, score …BALLGAME! Not only did the Ducks play their way into the Final Four, they may earn the #1 seed, pending the outcome of the remaining games. Also, there is no doubt about who wins the Heisman Trophy. Marcus Mariota flat out is the best player in the land! He made some incredible throws last night from both in the pocket and on the run. He ran through the vaunted Arizona defense like a knife through hot butter! A one man wrecking crew! Next stop… New York and the Downtown Athletic Club to pick up his hardware and then onto Chicago where we will hear Commissioner Roger Goodell say…with the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft, the New York Jets ( in a trade with the hapless Oakland Raiders ) select from the University of Oregon, Quarterback Marcus Mariota!
So what does all this mean? Nothing if…Alabama wins, TCU wins, and FSU wins. Then, the only question from that group of 4 is, the seeding. Is it ‘Bama #1, Oregon #2, TCU #3, and FSU #4? Ohio State and Baylor remain on the outside looking in…just where they belong. I’ve heard all of the whining and crying about Baylor this week. We get no respect, we beat TCU head-to-head, our resume is better. You went out and hired a firm to toot your horn. Guess what? In all my years of listening to fans bitch about their team not getting the respect they deserve, they go out and get beat in their next game. You better be ready for K State today, and by the way, you MUST beat them 49-13 to even have a glimmer of hope of getting into the playoffs! Guess what? That ain’t gonna happen! Kansas State wins 34-24 and Baylor is out of the picture. The only other group screaming for a Final Four birth is Ohio State. Shockingly, their fans aren’t crying this time around ( they learned their lesson a few years back when comparing themselves to be as good as anyone in the SEC ). The media is hyping them this time around. If Wisconsin controls the line of scrimmage and Gordon goes off for 225 yards, the Luckeyes will go home empty handed again. See how easy this really is???
But wait a minute. Georgia Tech upsets FSU, Missouri shocks the world and rolls the Tide, Baylor gets whipped by Kansas State, and Wisconsin beats Ohio State. Holy S@#T Batman! Now who gets in? Is the Final Four Oregon #1, TCU #2 ( they cannot and will not lose to lowly Iowa State ), Michigan State #3, and Georgia Tech #4? Does ‘Bama slip in at #4 and Michigan State #3? What about K State at #3 and Georgia Tech #4? I could go on and on with the scenarios and that’s the dilemma the committee will face if there are any upsets today. At the end of the day, Alabama beats Missouri 36-17, TCU crushes Iowa State 49-13, Georgia Tech trips FSU 24-20, Kansas State beats Baylor 34-24, and Wisconsin beats Ohio State 31-27. That sets the Final Four at Alabama #1, Oregon #2, TCU #3, and…Drum Roll please…Michigan State #4. State is #8 currently and if current #’s 4, 5, 6, and 7 lose ahead of them, they should move up to #4, right???
My head is spinning, beam me up Scotty! I got to get some rest before the SEC, I mean Alabama Championship Game comes on at 4:00!!
BTW…A To Z says Alabama #1, Oregon #2, TCU #3, and Ohio State #4! ‘Bama crushes OSU and Oregon beats upstart TCU setting up the title game between The Tide and The Ducks…the game most everyone wants to see anyhow. The Tide drowns The Ducks for another SEC National Champion!!
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