Is there such a thing as too much “settling it on the field”?

Remember those halcyon days when pundits were fretting that the BCS was heading for a train wreck because there were too many undefeated teams still standing?

Seems kind of quaint now, doesn’t it?


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, College Football

29 responses to “Is there such a thing as too much “settling it on the field”?

  1. PatinDC

    My hoped for scenario…

    Arky Beats LSU
    Bama to SEC Champ game
    UGA beats Bama WOOT!
    BCS is left to choose from LSU, Arky and Undefeated Houston or maybe a horrible ACC Champion VT.
    UGA goes to sUGAr bowl and whips whoever
    GO Dawgs!

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Arkansas has got to move up to #3 after what happened this week-end. If Arkansas beats LSU the Hogs likely would leapfrog both LSU and Bama. You might see Arkansas #1, LSU #2 and Bama #3 in the BCS rankings and all tied for the SEC West lead. Then Arkansas would be the SEC West winner because of the weird tiebreaker and go to the SECCG. If UGA then beat Arkansas for sure LSU and Bama replay in the BCSCG. If Arkansas wins the SECCG, its a rematch between Arkansas and LSU in the BCSCG. Plus the winner of the SECCG goes to the Sugar Bowl, too. In that scenario it is actually BETTER for the SEC for Arkansas to beat LSU this coming week-end. That would guarantee that 2 SEC teams are in the BCSNCG and another would be in the Sugar Bowl thereby maimizing the conference’s bowl revenue to about $60 Million. Look for mucho laundry to be dropped on LSU and no-calls where appropriate to aid Arkansas. It’s now in the financial interest of the SEC for LSU to lose to Arkansas. You heard it here first.

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Excuse me. I left out the best part. In the above scenario it is best for UGA to beat Arkansas in the SECCG thereby opening the door to the exact match-up everybody in the BCS seems to want: LSU-Bama. That means that the crooked SEC refs’ laundry will drop on Arkansas and in favor of UGA in the SECCG.

  2. HahiraDawg

    I was watching Stanford and while rooting for them to go down, I was trying to scheme up a situation where Ga could get to the MNC.

  3. StirBaby's Hotrod

    I blame Bobo!

    Haha, it’s ironic because Bobo had nothing to do with it, get it?

    It seems like the cool thing to do and say now. Hope it’s still cool when we run Harton between the tackles the next time we have receiver mismatches all over the field against Tech.

    Haha – if we’d had a gameplan against Boise we’d be in the title game discussion.

    Haha I blame Bobo…

    • Normaltown Mike

      That Bobo is so dumb he thought a 4th string walk on could run effectively against Kentucky. Ha ha. What a dummy.

      Only a dodo bird lets a 4th string RB try to run for 100 yards against an SEC opponent. It’s unpossible!

      You could see the urgency in CMR all game. He wanted to stop Bobo from calling a vanilla game against a bad team. But he can’t. Bobo is the Offensive Coordinator. CMR can’t stop him.

      Attempt 5 field goals? No way CMR would allow it. We’re going for it on 4th down every time. Just like we did against Florida. This Kentucky team is too good to expect field goals and a 4th string RB to lead you to victory.

      And why did Bobo tell Grantham to allow Boise to score 35 points? What was he thinking?

  4. Macallanlover

    Since we have a clear winner (if LSU takes Arky down on Friday), I suppose all those “regular season is sacred” crowd would prefer we cancel the SECCG, and the faux title, BCS finale. After all, we wouldn’t want the regular season champ getting beat by a late bllomer and devaluing their accomplishments. Seriously, what is the difference if you really feel this way? It is inconsistent to support any playoff game if you think the regular season is the end all.

    I thought this weekend would be one of the weaker CFB weekends of the year, along with the opening week slate. Man! Was I ever wrong about that. What fantastic finishes we were treated to. But this weekend did something significant, it illustrated why what happens on ANY given Saturday, in one specific game, should never be all you base your selection of “champ” on. One blown call, one 5′ 5″ kicker missing a kick by inches, one inadvertent whistle, a gust of wind, etc., etc., is too insignificant to allow a whole year’s body of work, or a lifetime’s dream to go down the drain. I really get the rationale for not allowing a 16, or 32, team playoff to creep in, but getting to 2 is too exclusive. You can argue ways to get to 6, or 10, or 12, but I remain with my 8 team plan because it can work, and actually increases the value of the regular season by making it really mean something by providing a conclusion where everyone has a shot to earn a title.

    I know, I know, others have different opinions, and that is cool. But on this Sunday, more than ever before, CFB fans have to see the flawed mess we currently have needs to be scrapped.

    • Rocketdawg

      This weekend is exactly why we DON’T need a playoff. Every team that lost this weekend has noone to blame but themselves for not getting a shot at the MNC. How would you feel about a Clemson team that already clinched a spot in the ACCG mailing it in against NCState and then getting hot at the end of the year and winning a playoff. For me no thanks, I am happy with what we have now, controversy and all.

    • FisheriesDawg

      Please list eight teams in college football (as of this morning) that you could legitimately argue might be the best team in the country.

      If you can’t, then this season is not at all an argument for an eight-team playoff.

      • your right of course there aren’t 8 teams that can legitimately say they’re the best but ,IF you are having the discussion is UGA one of them?

        • FisheriesDawg

          I couldn’t begin to tell you that Georgia is the best team in the country this season with a straight face.

      • PNWDawg

        This season that would be hard. Of course I can’t really think of many past playoff situations in any sport where every team participating was considered the best.

    • Cojones

      The decision making wouldn’t be just for the two NC teams this year. It extends to deciding who plays as challengers in the bowls as well. But even with those inequities, you could begin a playoff by declaring the major 4 bowl winners (from 8 teams and after unhinging the Rose Bowl) square off for two more game tiers to decide the NC. Better than what we have.

  5. Skeptic Dawg

    As difficult as it was to watch the Dawgs struggle yesterday, they are better off today than the Ducks, Cowboys, Sooners and Tigers. Awesome! The BCS is a cluster yet again! Who could actually script this stuff?

  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    All this confusion and disorganization is, depending on your point of view, argument for or against a playoff. To me it’s argument against a playoff. What better way to prove the importance of the every regular season game.

  7. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    Let’s discuss the difficulty and importance of holding serve now, Mr. Elkon.

  8. Will Trane

    Chavez at LSU is saying to himself that the Dawgs have no offensive sets that can create gaps outside the tackles or get to the edge. They have no speed and power in the running game on the edge. They are all vertical. Shut down the inside running game, pressure Murray, and they do not score.

    Can somebody explain what is going on in the running game and the TBs at UGA? Now has Bobo been sitting on the 2 TE or possibly a 3/4 TE personnel sets. Do you even practice or plan for a Thomas or Crowell for the Tech and Dome games? Does Crowell have an ankles injury, a sheen injury, a hand injury, or just does not like getting hit as a SEC TB. The word is spreading among SEC D coaches and players that if you hit him hard early in the game he can not take it, takes himself out, and he goes to the bench.

    Auburn’s D does not even come close to Kentucky’s D. Tennessee, your secondary can play.

    • Cojones

      You are right about Auburn, but where does the info come from for “word is spreading among SEC D coaches”? If you meant you think that, then there’s no argument. I don’t think any of us know whether Richt planned to use him sparingly because of a healing injury or not. He may not be goughing holes with his running, but calling his guts into question is a stretch. Let’s wait to see and not repeat Tue’s kneejerk media post about him missing practice. He was getting prepractice care for his knee. We don’t know to what extent he is injured. He can have more than one a season, can’t he? Running the ball with an injured wrist for three weeks is risking fumble. I’ll leave it to Richt to make those decisions.

  9. Basing the trend from the last several seasons LSU will likely get the favorable call. Have they not?

    • Cojones

      Every friggin’ time including diring game play. I hope we get a shot at getting the horeshoe out of their butts. By the way, who were the refs in yesterday’s game? It was not only obvious from the stands, but also from tv replay this morning that they threw the flag quickly on us, not so quickly on Kentucky.

  10. PNWDawg

    For me, regardless or what the post-season is or could be, this was just a great weekend in college football. My excitement had more to do with the actual games than what impact they had on the standings.

    • Don’t see how you can separate one from the other.

      You’ve got to admit that with a 16-team playoff, a lot of that excitement loses its spice.

      • PNWDawg

        I just love good games, man. Is that crazy?

        Never meant to imply I’m a fan of a 16-team playoff. For the sake of your post on playoff creep I chose that as the point at which I think a season could still be interesting (for me at least). I want to emphasize could. Personally, I like the plus 1 concept or an 8-team playoff.

        For this weekend I totally agree the current system added spice (for me even). I’ve never said the current system doesn’t have that. I was just trying to say a ‘reasonable’ playoff system could still produce the same excitement.

        But again, this weekend for me was mostly about watching 3 games coming down to the wire and seeing really good teams being humbled. How ’bout that Oklahoma pass defense?

        • Cojones

          You have agreement here, PNWDawg.

          By the way, I get the “Peein’ ” part of your name , but what does the “W” stand for? Jus’ pullin’ yall’s chain.

          • PNWDawg

            Peein’! Nice one. Pacific NorthWest. I’m out here in Duck country. Lovin’ their misery.

            • Cojones

              Served my hitch at Ft Lewis, Wa. Sounds like Peeing West wouldn’t be a bad moniker. The Pac12 are miserable all over. They were just weened from polite applause a few yrs ago. When people stood up for a td, half of them did so to stretch from the inactivity. Went to a football game out there and a baseball game broke out in the stands.

  11. OKDawg

    So, are we looking at this BCS now:

    1. LSU
    2. Bama
    3. Arkansas

    If yes, what purpose does SECCG serve? Nothing for team from West to gain and everything to lose.