This is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the best “pot, meet kettle” blog post of the year. It’s so over the top, it verges on parody.
His premise is simple: Hawaii deserves to be in the BCS title game ahead of LSU because teams in the SEC don’t play any schools of note.
Please, as you absorb this, let me refer you back to Hawaii’s (119th nationally ranked SOS) list of opponents for the 2007 season:
- Northern Colorado
- Louisiana Tech
- Charleston Southern
- Utah State
- San Jose State
- New Mexico State
- Fresno State
- Boise State
Is there a team in the BCS top 10 that doesn’t race through that group 12-0? Hell, for that matter, don’t the two teams that LSU lost to go undefeated against that bunch?
Then, again, maybe that just doesn’t matter.
The truth is, Hawaii deserves to play for the national championship and LSU really has no argument. Sure, you could reason that LSU is the better team, but this isn’t about that.
The truth? We can’t handle the truth!
Tony Barnhart breaks it down here, with a link to each individual ballot.
Of course, this is only half of the story. I’d sure like to see what the coaches’ individual ballots from the week before looked like.
It’s kinda interesting that coaches no longer employed (Callahan, Doba, Franchione, etc.) still get to cast their votes.
UPDATE: Some more observations here. (h/t EDSBS)
Did any team fall as far as South Carolina did this year? To add insult to injury, the coach and fans of the program didn’t even have enough juice to squeeze ‘Bama out of the Independence Bowl.
It makes you wonder what kind of resolution the South Carolina House will be inspired to pass this year.
You can find the Warriors’ NCAA statistical rankings here.
Honestly, they’re about what you’d expect from an undefeated team that’s ranked 10th in the country. Hawaii ranks in the top 12 in eight of the seventeen categories the NCAA tracks, including first in scoring offense (46+ points per game).
Running the ball is an afterthought at best for these guys (around 73 yards per game, good for 113th in the nation) and they don’t do a good job punting (#107 in the country in net punting), although somehow I don’t think they care too much about that.
Of course, all that needs to be filtered through a craptastic strength of schedule that resulted from playing only one team from a BCS conference and two 1AA schools. Hawaii got taken to overtime by the likes of 5-7 Louisiana Tech and 5-7 San Jose State (both road games, by the way).
You can find a generic description of the run and shoot offense at Wikipedia here. Some thoughts on defending it here. Of course, Falcons’ fans have fond memories of June Jones and the run and shoot. Here’s one memorable moment from the glory years:
Photo by Curtis Compton/AP
Just think: if the “plus-one” format were in effect, Georgia would have been cut out from the playoffs last night by virtue of finishing fifth in the BCS standings.
How good would you feel about that?