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By Pete Fiutak
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If Matt Ryans last minute comeback
against Virginia Tech made him the leader for the Heisman, did his pick six
A: Yup. He still might end up as a finalist in this strange season with no killer favorite, but even if he leads the Eagles to the ACC title, it wont be enough. If I had to guess, hell end up fourth behind Darren McFadden, Dennis Dixon and Tim Tebow.
So Michigan secured the
tie break game with the win over Michigan State so win or lose they still
have a shot at the Big Ten title, so now if you're Carr, do you rest
Hart and Henne and take your chances with the young talent or do you go ahead
and keep your foot on the gas? JR
A: Interesting take. All Chad Henne and Mike Hart talked about this off-season was how they had to beat Ohio State and win a bowl game after going 0-3 against the Buckeyes and in the post-season, so considering next week means everything to these guys, and considering that Michigan can be no worse than second in the Big Ten pecking order when all is said and done, then why would beating Wisconsin matter? Why shouldnt everyone rest and get healthy? Imagine the second-guessing if Henne and Hart get hurt further and cant play next week, but think of it another way. If Michigan beats Wisconsin, Itll be 9-2, and will obviously finish the season no worse than 9-3 with two of the losses coming to Ohio State and Oregon, two of the top three teams in America, and the possible national champion combatants. A win in
Why the double standard?
A: First of all, lets end this notion that
A: I like to think of matchups like this in a best of seven series. For example, I believe Florida comes up with a 4-0 sweep of Ohio State last year, I believe Texas and USC play the full seven in 2005, and in 2004, USC beats OU 4-1, letting down for a game after taking a 3-0 series lead. The better question is how
Settle an argument for me. I say some of the great older teams would beat some of todays teams without a problem. Im a
A: Are you freakin nuts? You want to match up Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson against an offensive line from an era that considered anyone over 270 pounds a behemoth? Good luck with that. Herschel Walker would be a star in any era, but Dorsey would lift up one of 1980
I happen to think that LSU is highly overrated with one loss, and 3 near loses. Being a
A: You're being way too hard on the 2007 Gators. It was a good team that had an all-timer of a championship performance, but yeah, it has to be in the mix of worst champions since 1992. 1984 BYU and the 1990 combination of Georgia Tech and Colorado are the most recent entries in the worst national champions, but if were talking since 1992, my five worst national champions would be ...
1) 1997 Michigan. This was before the Big Ten was a true part of the BCS equation.
3) 1994 Nebraska. The 1995 team was one of the greatest of all-time. The 1994 team was fine, but was basically handed the national title over Penn State because it was Tom Osbornes turn. The Huskers beat a good Colorado team, and thats about it.
4) 1998 Tennessee. The Peyton Manning teams were better, but couldnt get by Florida. A juggernaut of an Ohio State team, that got screwed over by Florida State in the polls, wouldve beaten these Vols.
5) 1996 Florida. Merry Christmas, Spurrier. The only way the Gators were able to win the national title was because it got a rematch against a Florida State team that won the first time around, and got help from Arizona State losing in the last minute to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
So, weve heard a lot about the Poor Mans Vince Young. One, Troy Smith won the Heisman. Another, Dixon may win it this year. Vince Young, the prototype, never won the award himself, but put his team on his shoulders and beat a team with two Heisman winners. Do you think its possible that Reggie Bush will be stripped of his Heisman and it will be given to Vince? Any other year that guy would have been the best by far. JR
A: Is that really how you want Vince Young to get the Heisman? Would all the great things Bush did on the field and all the memories of that Heisman season go away by giving Young the trophy? Im still angry at myself for not going with my gut and voting Bush over Young, but I hate the idea of taking away awards and records for something silly like a player getting money. USC didn't win a national title, and Reggie Bush didn't win a Heisman because of money. If youre talking about steroids or stealing signals by a hidden camera, then I could understand. If Young wanted a Heisman, he couldve stayed for his senior year. As it turns out, he joins Tommie Frazier and Jim Brown as the greatest college players whove never won the Heisman.
Any chance the Big XII gets three in the BCS games? I assume that for this to happen Kansas would have to finish 11-1 (with a loss to Mizzou) with Mizzou winning out (and beating Oklahoma in the title game) and Oklahoma winning out (and then losing to Mizzou in the title game). Mark
A: No. Theres a rule that only two teams from the same conference can play in the BCS. Remember last year when Wisconsin shouldve been able to go, but couldnt because Ohio State and Michigan were in? The rule is in place so no one conference makes all the coin, but its ridiculous. The top ten teams in the BCS standings should be the ones who get in regardless of conference tie ins.
While everyone spends hours debating playoffs vs. BCS, why doesnt anyone mention the ridiculous nature of pre-season polls? Here is an idea, how about we let the teams actually play a game (or four) before the experts tell us who is good this year. Let em play before they tell us how great Wisconsin, Tennessee, Nebraska and Louisville are. TN
A: The only problem with the preseason polls is that they dont change much. If the preseason polls, for example, have USC 1, Ohio State 2 and LSU 3, and lets say someone like Oklahoma obliterates everything in its path while the Trojans, Buckeyes and Tigers are merely average and just barely get by, the Sooners still wouldnt move up to one because pollsters dont like to change from their preconceived notions. Someone will always do a preseason poll, and thats fine as long the pollsters take whats happening on the field into account and adapt and adjust accordingly as the season goes on. Don't hate the polls, hate the pollsters.
Is Kansas really that good? CM
A: Yeah, to a point. It wouldnt go unbeaten if it played in the SEC, and it hasnt beaten anyone of note, but it doesnt screw up, gets phenomenal plays from the lines, and executes with stunning efficiency. Talent-wise, it should get wiped off the map by a LSU, Oklahoma or USC, but as Boise State showed, that doesnt mean anything. This is a great team, and if it wins at Oklahoma State, beats Missouri, and beats Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game, the itll have its signature wins, and considering this wild and wacky year, would be an unbeaten BCS conference team deserving of playing for the whole ball of wax. I dont think this is a better team than LSU, but Id give it an even shot against Oregon on a neutral field. If they finish unbeaten, then yeah, put them in the national championship.
Are we at the point where being undefeated or a one-loss team has no intrinsic value? Kansas is undefeated and number 4 in the BCS, and they havent beaten anybody of note. Granted its not their fault that the Big XII North is way down, but their non-conference schedule had Central Michigan, SE La., Toledo, and FIU (ha!). UCONN is in the top 20 at 8-1, and their non-conference schedule includes Temple, Akron, Maine, and Duke. Will voters ever penalize these teams for their fraudulent records, and consequentially return us to the days of meaningful non-conference games? Ya know, the days when Tennessee - Cal would have been just a nice game, and not ABC's crown jewel of September? Chris
A: Thats why I continue to scream that the strength of schedule needs to be the number one factor in the BCS formula. While its a plus to play a light schedule since youll at least be in the discussion, like Kansas is now, theres usually a ceiling on how high you can go, and if you're a fraud with a great record because of a bad schedule, you'll eventually get exposed. It took KU being unbeaten to get to where it is now, and as soon as it gets a loss, if it gets a loss, then youll see a mega-tumble. An example of the other side is Oregon, who announced it was in for a big season by blasting Michigan early on when everyone was watching, and things rolled from there.
Heres my rule of thumb for non-conference schedules. If youre elite, like USC, Ohio State or LSU, you play anyone, anywhere, any time. If youre a top 25 team, you play one good non-conference schedule and a bunch of cupcakes. If youre a historically mediocre BCS program, you play all cupcakes to get a base of wins for a possible bowl game.
My friends and I argue constantly about which conference is better, the Big 12 or the SEC. How would you breakdown a comparison of the Big 12 and the SEC, top-to-bottom playing on a neutral field? - Chris (Shawnee, OK)
A: As you wish (but I get to create the matchups) &
1. LSU vs. Oklahoma & LSU
2. Georgia vs. Kansas & Kansas
3. Florida vs. Texas & Florida
4. Auburn vs. Missouri & Missouri
5. Tennessee vs. Oklahoma State & Tennessee
6. Alabama vs. Texas Tech & Alabama
7. Arkansas vs. Kansas State & Arkansas
8. South Carolina vs. Texas A&M & South Carolina
9. Kentucky vs. Colorado & Kentucky
10. Mississippi State vs. Nebraska & Mississippi State
11. Vanderbilt vs. Iowa State & Vanderbilt
12. Ole Miss vs. Baylor & Ole Miss
Its all my opinion, but Id be shocked if it wasnt an SEC slaughter. It might not be 10-2, but I doubt itd be far