Forget the BCS. It’s going away in two seasons. We have a better name. NSEC. Not Some One Else’s Championship–someone other than the Southeastern Conference, of course.
Another regular college football season is now just about in the books and the SEC is again sitting controlling the tempo and the tone.
Forget about the six consecutive national championships the SEC has had. They feel it is their right to get No. 7 when Alabama faces Notre Dame in Miami on January 7th. They held the BCS “semifinals” in Atlanta on Saturday and the Tide took a huge step to successfully defending its national championship by coming from behind to beat Georgia, 32-28.
That set up the Bama-Notre Dame showdown, which should cause some concern for the Tide and SEC backers since Notre Dame, which seldom plays SEC teams–the last meeting between ND and an SEC team was when LSU beat Notre Dame in the 2006 Sugar Bowl–is 5-1 vs. Alabama.
Winning all those titles has created an arrogance in the SEC which makes some Notre Dame appear modest which most people think is impossible.
But if you look around for the last 10 years it is hard to have any conversation without the SEC, whose teams get into the title games when they are unbeaten, when they have lost once, when they have lost twice. They get into the BCS title game as conference champion. They get into the BCS title game as a division runner-up. And they win.
What’s maddening is that they then use the same facts and use the argument against you. Take Stanford this season. Some SEC people are saying that Stanford would not be worthy of the NSEC Final Four because they didn’t win their own division. Of course, it was OK last season when Alabama won the BCS title without winning the SEC West.
And even when the SEC wins and gets into the title game, it is not enough. After Saturday’s win over Georgia, Alabama coach Nick Saban was making a case for Georgia as a BCS team which won’t happen because the SEC will have its limit with Alabama and Florida, which by BCS rules gets a BCS bid if it is in the Top 4 in the final BCS rankings.
It’s not going to happen, but there was some sentiment among NSEC backers who will argue that Alabama vs. Florida, who didn’t play during the regular season, wouldn’ t be a bad title game.
In the closed world of the SEC, where there is seldom heard a discouraging word outside of conference play, Alabama vs. Florida is probably intriguing. But Notre Dame is crashing this year’s party, which is why the hype for this game will be off the charts.
So you think a four-team playoff format with a multi-member selection committee is going to end the controversy about who is No. 1 or deserves to be No. 1 or deserves to have a chance to be No. 1? You think the end of the BCS after next season will signify order in the world of college football.
Well, you might be right if you looked at the last numbers that were posed on Sunday. If this were Dec 2, 2014, the Football final Four semifinals would be Notre Dame vs. Florida in one game with Alabama vs. Stanford in the other game. Stanford deserves the spot because it is a conference champion and that will carry more weight with a committee than the computers.
Sitting outside of the mix would be teams such as Georgia, who Alabama coach Nick Saban said deserved a BCS slot after the Dawgs nearly spoiled the Tide’s championship season hopes, Kansas State LSU and Oregon.
Projecting an 8 team playoff format would really settle the issue. Imagine a first round set of games with these match-ups A committee might juggle some of the numbers and could set up these match-ups
Notre Dame vs. LSU
Alabama vs. Stanford
Oregon vs. Florida
Georgia vs. Kansas State
That’s three SEC teams and the two SEC teams sitting just outside the room are Texas A&M (win over Alabama) and South Carolina (win over Georgia). In the SEC world, having five of the 8 teams from the SEC would be just fine.
The eight team format will have to wait until the greed factor which has infected all aspects of college football takes over again.
The four team format will be in place in two years and will settle most of the arguments.
For now, however we must deal with the reality of the BCS
Let’s start with what happened this weekend and then delve int the future Alabama made it to the BCS title game for the second consecutive season.
Add Notre Dame, which is the only unbeaten FBS eligible school (Ohio State is on NCAA probation) and you have two teams. But the other two?
Right now Oregon is s sitting at No. 3, as the SEC East runner-up. Under the BCS rules, a Top 4 spot guarantees you a BCS berth.. The Ducks will be facing Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Florida is No. 4 and the Gators will be headed to the Sugar Bowl, where Louisville will be the opponent. The Cardinals moved from Miami to New Orleans after the BCS numbers gave Northern Illinois a BCS spot by virtue of finishing in the Top 16 in the BCS rankings AND being ahead of Louisville.. With Northern Illinois making the field Oklahoma was bumped from the BCS. Least BCS worthy entries. Big Ten champ Wisconsin, with five losses and ACC champion Florida State.
1. Notre Dame
8. Kansas State
9. Texas A&M
10. South Carolina
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