USC and the BCS – What the ____?

28 11 2006

Filed under: BCS, College football

Why is the BCS so in love with USC? A little break from the norm.

The Top 5 now looks like this:

  1. Ohio State
  2. USC
  3. Michigan
  4. Florida
  5. LSU

All USC has to do now is win its final game against UCLA and it will have a chance to play for the national title. What did Michigan do to lose the number 2 spot? Not play.

My case for Michigan’s (unlikely) to return to number 2:

  1. USC beat Notre Dame by 20 points last Saturday to overtake Michigan for the number 2 spot.
  2. But Michigan beat a then-ranked number 2 Notre Dame, by 26 points earlier in the season.
  3. Michigan’s lone loss is to conference rival and number 1, Ohio State by 3 points
  4. USC’s lone loss is to then and currently unranked Oregon State.
  5. Michigan’s Big 10 schedule and non-conference schedule is far tougher than USC
  6. USC’s only other decent opponent was then unranked Arkansas. Rightly so, Arkansas played without most of their star players that have propelled to the top of the SEC West.

I am sick of USC and their apparent “more than friends” relationship with the BCS.

Last year’s USC team probably deserved to be there, but Vince Young and Texas put them in their place as an inferior team.

In 2004, an UNDEFEATED Auburn (yes, that’s correct, undefeated) missed a chance to play for the national title because USC beat Oklahoma for the championship. Auburn should have been number 1 and USC and Oklahoma should have been fighting for the coveted number 2 spot to play in the title game. That goes down as the first time in the history of college football that an SEC team finished the season undefeated and did not get to play for the title. Absurd.

In 2003, the Trojans missed out on the BCS championship game, but won the AP’s part of the national title by beating Michigan 28-14 in the Rose Bowl. But college football agreed to give the trophy to the BCS game winner, which was LSU that year. The BCS seemingly relunctantly gave the trophy to LSU, but the AP (1/3 of the BCS) gave a share to USC, which I refuse to recognize since it’s not the BCS trophy.

As a side note, there are four SEC teams in the Top 11 (Florida, LSU, Arkansas, Auburn) and my own Tennessee Vols are the 5th SEC team at 16th place. That says a lot for a conference that has 8 excellent programs out of 12 teams:

SEC East:

  1. Florida
  2. Tennessee
  3. Georgia
  4. South Carolina

SEC West:

  1. Auburn
  2. LSU
  3. Alabama
  4. Arkansas

And the other four teams can beat anyone if you don’t come ready to play. Big difference when you are the only game in town as USC is and never faces competition in recruiting or in games. There’s no arguing that.

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