Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Will 2010 be 2004 all over again? Or worse, 1993?

Tony Barnhart presents today's BCS nightmare scenario involving Alabama, Ohio State, and the media's new frenemy, Boise St.

"1. I know it’s early, but it’s starting to look like 2004 again: Remember 2004? Well Auburn sure does. That was the year that USC and Oklahoma started 1-2 in the polls and never lost. Auburn started at No. 17, got to be No. 2 for a week, but in the end it was USC and Oklahoma playing for the championship with Auburn playing the odd man out.
Have you looked at the gap between Alabama, Ohio State, and everybody else in the coaches poll? Alabama got 55 first-place votes after its impressive win over Penn State. Ohio State handled Miami easily and got the other four first-place votes. There are 132 points between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Boise State. That is a very wide gap.
 Here is the point: If Alabama and Ohio State win out, I don’t think anybody, including Boise, cracks the top two.
Again, I know it’s early.  It’s just something to think about."

Oh, Barnhart had to bring up Auburn in 2004 again, didn't he? Even worse, the mention brings up an even worse nightmare scenario dating back eleven years earlier than that in 1993.
Back then, Auburn went 11-0 under first year head coach Terry Bowden. But since the Tigers were under NCAA probation, they were banned from both TV and the postseason. Meaning they were shafted from winning any part of the mythical "National Championship."
So why is this relevant? USC is 2-0 at the moment. Imagine that first year coach Lane Kiffin somehow manages to navigate the USC Trojans through the rough waters of the the 2010 season without a loss. The problem is of course is that the team is paying for the the wages of Reggie "Milli Vanilli" Bush's sin. (along with it's own apparent "I See Nothing" impersonation of Hogan's Heroes Sgt. Schultz.) So USC chances of going to the BCS are absolutely Zero. And it's doubtful that the Trojans could break the ice in the AP poll (which it's a part of) to get past an unbeaten Alabama or an Ohio State.
So 2010 could end up to be a major clusterflock for college football. Not only could there be at least three unbeaten teams at the end of the year, one could be from a BCS conference that's on probation. That will really give college football a collective headache.

(via Mr. College Football)

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