After a bloodbath weekend that knocks off 2,4,5 and 7 (thanks for remembering who you truly are Clemson), it leaves 3 SEC West teams as the Top 3 teams in the country. If by some fluke chalk holds next weekend and LSU and Alabama emerge victorious, one giant system fucker remains. What if Georgia knocks off LSU in the Georgia Dome? LSU would drop to #2, and then likely be ineligible for a BCS game due to the 2 team max rule. Or does Top 2 finish negate 2 team max?
Ladies and gentlemen, the following public service message is brought to you by your friends from D-Generation X, who would like to remind each and every one of you that if you're not down with that, we've got two words for you... There is an exception to the two-team rule in the BCS bylaws that permits a conference to have a third team in the BCS in the event the #1 and #2 teams in the BCS standings belong to the same conference and neither is the conference champion. So if LSU dropped to #2, they'd still play for the national title; if they dropped to #3, however, they'd be screwed.
Personally, I think LSU has more to fear from Arkansas than from Georgia, but after the nutty madness of this week, what do I know?
(Aside: Everyone's forgetting about Oklahoma State because the loss to Iowa State is still fresh in everyone's mind. They were one of the biggest beneficiaries of all the losses behind them yesterday - if they beat Oklahoma in two weeks, they're right back in the discussion, especially if my Auburn Tigers spring an Iron Bowl upset.)
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; June 18, 2006) While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
Congratulations to your national champion Houston Cougars!
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
I just wanted to point this out, and wasn't sure where else to put it, here seems like a good spot.
So I was trying to sort out the clusterfuck at the "top" of the Big East (read: the whole conference, except for USF and Syracuse), and realized that it is actually possible for Louisville to lose to USF this week to finish 6-6 but tie for the conference lead at 4-3, and actually come out of that tiebreaker with the BCS bid. The same Louisville that lost at home to Florida International. Some of you may have the misfortune of remembering a game between Louisville and Kentucky earlier this season that went down to the wire, with the Cardinals winning by a touchdown. If only Kentucky had won, we would be looking at the possibility of a 5-7 Louisville team being the Big East's BCS representative.
Obviously as a fan of a Big East school, I'm hoping for the league to somehow cling to its BCS status by whatever means necessary, but if the league is going to be kicked to the curb, I would love nothing more than to see a 5-7 team go to the Orange Bowl as a big middle finger to the powers that be on its way out the door. Even a 6-6 team would be quite enjoyable.
Anyway, as far as I can tell, the two most likely conference representatives are Rutgers (9-3, 5-2 if they beat UConn this weekend) or the Cardinals (7-5, 5-2 if they beat USF). If Louisville loses to USF, however, West Virginia (7-3, 3-2) moves into the driver's seat with games remaining against Pitt and USF and the tiebreaker over Rutgers and Cincinnati. If Rutgers, Louisville, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Pitt all lose exactly one more game (it's possible), there could be a five- or six-way tie for first, and it comes down to BCS rankings, which likely favors West Virginia or Rutgers. I might be wrong though, this league is a mess.
Originally posted by wmatisticI don't see that it would be a middle finger to the BCS so much as total justification for the Big East losing it's automatic bid.
At this point, I think revoking ALL the automatic bids makes perfect sense, and that appears to be the direction they are headed, and then we would have a situation like it used to be, with the Big Four bowls (which sound like a lock to become the Big Five with the addition of the Cotton Bowl), certain teams champions tied in to certain bowls (like the Rose), only a #1/#2 guaranteed title game and different parameters to filling those bowls out.
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
It isn't the worst call ever made, but I think you have to at least try and pin the Colts back. If the Colts had a full complement of timeouts I might think differently. But as things were, I think you have to take the chance to pin them back.