Keeping up with the ’09 narratives

Two tales from Disney Sports for your consideration:

Generally speaking, I think ESPN’s Bruce Feldman’s a sharp guy – one of the few reasons I even bother to check the WWL’s website regularly – but I don’t get his bowl projections.

He’s got Boise State and BYU making the BCS.  Unless there’s been a recent change I’m unaware of, my understanding is that the only way two mid-majors could make the BCS would be if they faced off against each other as numbers one and two in the title game.  Am I missing something here?  Or does ESPN have even more clout than I thought?

And on another front, would you like a definition of “below the radar”?  How about this:  a two and one-half minute segment previewing the 2009 SEC season from Herbstreit and Musburger without a single mention of Georgia.


UPDATE: Year2’s comment made me realize I probably need to elaborate a little bit on my comment about Feldman’s projections.  For him to be correct is going to take some remarkable circumstances all coming together this season.

First, both BYU and Boise State are going to have to run the table.  Both of them; neither one makes it in to the BCS with a loss.  That’s a much more likely scenario for Boise, which opens with Oregon and then plays a pathetic schedule, than it is for BYU, which faces Oklahoma, FSU, Utah and TCU.

Next, for him to be right, it means that Florida and Texas both have to go wire to wire at #1 and #2.  That’s more likely than BYU running the table, but still…

But that’s not all.  And here’s the trickiest part – the bowls are going to have to be in a position where they have no choice but to take the two mid-majors.  So, he’s got only one Big Ten team making the BCS, omitting Ohio State, and he doesn’t see Notre Dame winning ten games, either.

You can certainly make a case for any one of these individual items taking place, but all of them?  That strikes me as an incredible stretch, particularly the last part.  And there are some weird details that don’t add up, like how Oklahoma with two losses makes it in, but Ohio State with two losses doesn’t.  (I’m assuming records here, of course.)

What Feldman’s scenario really constitutes is a BCS trainwreck, with two undefeated mid-majors (one of which might be ranked as high as third when the dust settles) and one potentially undefeated BCS conference school (Southern Cal, which looks like he’s got beating Ohio State and Notre Dame) locked out of the title game.  Maybe that was his point.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, ESPN Is The Devil, SEC Football

10 responses to “Keeping up with the ’09 narratives

  1. Only one non-Big Six school can get an automatic bid to the BCS, but the bowls picking at large teams can pick whoever they want as long as they are eligible. If the Sugar thinks it could get higher ratings and more fans by picking an eligible BYU over USF (going by Feldman’s picks), then there’s nothing to stop it from doing so.


  2. Macallanlover

    Herbstreit was once a keen mind regarding college football, then the Gameday/ESPN “power” robbed him of intelligent analysis. He became an entertainer and began playing to the crowds and letting the WWL dictate his positions. I feel it began in 2006 when he felt only a rematch of the Michigan/OSU game would give the nation a decent game since Ohio State was so clearly the best team that ever walked the planet. He made such a fool out of himself on that, and the resulting brain cramp the next year when he did a 180 and switched his rationale regarding UGA and decided a non-champion should not play in the BCS title game. It was primarily those two situations that made me regard him as only slightly above Lou Holtz as a thinker. Big hat, no cattle.


    • Doc

      Couldn’t agree with you more!


    • MelodyGoDawgs

      The Herbie Baby issue is simple; remember your history. As a QB for OSU he lost to “the inferior” Dawgs, quarterbacked by the much beloved, Eric Zeier. The result was a hole in his soul that is a smaller version of the one that Visor Man carries with him to this day. Some people, and Herbie is chief among them, cannot learn from the past and move on. Personally, I think that he is the power on ESPN who chooses to diss UGA. How else can all of their pundits predict an 8-4 season for our Dawgs–a prediction first uttered by Herbie Baby.


  3. Ty Durden

    Under the radar? Have you seen our games “Shut Up Brent!” Musberger has done? I don’t think we’re ever ON that man’s radar. Ever.


  4. NRBQ

    I wouldn’t click on a link leading to Musberger audio for a gold guinea, as my daddy used to say.


  5. Hobnail_Boot

    Still can’t believe Brandon Spikes didn’t get a Personal Foul for molesting Knowshon last year.


  6. dawgfan17

    Shh… Let them keep forgetting to mention us, our players seem to have a chip on their shoulders and everytime something like this happens it just helps focus us a little more. Nothing would be better than for UF to live up to expectations coming into the WLOCP but for us to surprise people and also come in undefeated (or even 1-loss) and still have them all pick UF to beat us by about 30 before we go off on them and Joe Cox plays the game of his life while Owens re-introduces himself to Tebow in route to beating them out and keeping them from even winning the SEC east. Not sure this will happen but it would be the sweetest thing ever to witness.


  7. ArchDawg

    Yeah, Feldman’s projections make absolutely no sense. There’s no way a BCS bowl would pass up even a 2-loss Ohio State or Oklahoma team to add a second mid-major. Besides, BYU ain’t running the table so it’s a moot point anyway.