BCS' Final Year - The View From Big 10 Country
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Here's an interesting and very comprehensive article from the Chicago Sun-Times which purports to analyze the upcoming final year of the BCS system. The writer hails from Big 10 country, which is to say he is focused on the national aspects of college football (not just one conference), and exhibits the kind of attitude about the SEC that exists just about everywhere in the country EXCEPT within the friendly confines of the SEC Empire. I expect the author's thoughts will be at least thought-provoking, which is why I post the article here in its entirety:

"GREENBERG: Big things might lie ahead in last year of BCS

BY STEVE GREENBERG Staff Reporter August 24, 2013 11:07PM

So this is it. It’s the 16th and final season in the era of the Bowl Championship Series, the most controversial and roundly rooted-against playoff system in sports. Beginning in 2014, millions of fans will get what they long have demanded: a playoff, albeit a skimpy four-team playoff. Hey, it’s a start.

But first, an end. One last go-round for the BCS, which — does anyone want to hear this? — actually has been a spectacular success.

The college game is more popular and lucrative than ever. BCS finales have featured at least two games that would appear on anyone’s list of the greatest in history (Ohio State over Miami in 2002 and Texas over USC in 2005) and another that was decided on a last-second field goal (Auburn over Oregon in 2010).

Five teams from non-BCS conferences — Boise State and Utah twice each and TCU once — have won BCS games. And each of the Big Six leagues in the country has produced at least one national champion.

These all have been very good things. Very BCS-affirming things, frankly.

Of course, the Southeastern Conference has claimed the last seven titles, giving many fans a colossus to dislike (and envy) and giving non-SEC powers from Eugene, Ore., to Norman, Okla., to Columbus, Ohio, to South Bend, Ind., a target to aim for with extreme urgency.

Bullies are always good things in sports, too.

Which brings us to Alabama. If the SEC is the kingpin of college football, Tide coach Nick Saban is its king. Few teams have been favored more heavily to win it all than the 2013 Tide. Another title would be the Nicktator’s fifth as a coach and Alabama’s fourth in five years — a college dynasty to end all dynasties.

And that brings us back to the bigger picture. If ‘‘Anybody but ’Bama’’ doesn’t do it for you as a rallying cry, ‘‘Anybody but the SEC’’ likely does. In the final year of the BCS, it’s fun to have such clarity.

5 QBs Who Are Better Bets to Win the Heisman Than Johnny Football

AJ McCarron, Sr., Alabama. Eleven of the last 13 Heisman winners have been quarterbacks, so why in the world not McCarron, who’s going for his third national title as a starter and fourth overall? If Saban is the king of college football, the marvelously efficient McCarron is its prince.

Braxton Miller, Jr., Ohio State. He might be even more perfect for Urban Meyer’s system than Tim Tebow (Florida) or Alex Smith (Utah) was. If the Buckeyes dominate the Big Ten — let alone go unbeaten in the regular season — again, dual threat Miller will be the Heisman front-runner.

Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson. There isn’t a more explosive passer in the country, and the Tigers are the favorites in the Atlantic Coast Conference. If they take down Georgia in the season opener, Boyd’s candidacy will become instantly serious.

Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon. Someday, Chip Kelly will wish he had seen Mariota’s career to its fruition. In the meantime, new Ducks coach Mark Helfrich will revel in the play of a big, strong, accurate passer who’s every bit as fast as Miller.

Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville. Of all the teams in the country, the Cardinals — with one final season in the Big East-turned-American Athletic Conference — probably have the best chance to zip through the regular season unbeaten. Yep, 12-0 tends to raise the profile of a really good quarterback.


No. 5 Georgia. The Bulldogs face No. 8 Clemson, No. 6 South Carolina and No. 12 LSU in September. It’s too much, too soon.

No. 15 Texas. The schedule is ridiculous. Let’s just call this a five-loss team and be done with it.

Baylor (unranked). Watch the Bears pile up the best offensive numbers in the country and marvel at their post-Robert Griffin III success.

Northern Illinois (unranked). It’s silly to pick any other team to win the Mid-American Conference. And sillier to have a Top 25 without MAC-tion represented.

3 Games of the Millennium (because one is never enough)

Alabama at Texas A&M (Sept. 14). It’s the ultimate revenge game, especially after the Johnny Manziel-led victory in Tuscaloosa in 2012. It won’t be pretty for the Aggies unless it is, in which case all hell breaks loose.

Oregon at Stanford (Nov. 7). The winner should have a great shot at making the national championship game. The loser? Zero shot whatsoever.

Ohio State at Michigan (Nov. 30). If the Buckeyes are as good as many think they’ll be, they’ll be 11-0 heading into Ann Arbor. Which sets up an epic matchup no matter how well the Wolverines have held up their end of the bargain.

2 Reasons Notre Dame Can’t Win It All

Quarterback play. Irish offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, eyeballing the BCS title game a year ago, pretty much said it all about Tommy Rees, essentially calling him an extra coach for then-starter Everett Golson. Rees, starting because Golson screwed up, is a good team guy. He just isn’t a championship-quality quarterback.

The schedule. At Michigan. At Stanford. And there are plenty of challenging games in between. How does 9-3 sound?

1 Writer’s Stab at The BCS Matchups

Championship game: Alabama vs. Oregon • Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Stanford • Sugar Bowl: South Carolina vs. Florida State • Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Boise State • Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Louisville

Ranking the Conferences

1. SEC. Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, yada-yada. We won’t insult your intelligence with an explanation.

2. Pac-12. It might not be only Oregon and Stanford in the North making national waves. Watch for Arizona State and UCLA to raise the profile of the South in a big way.

3. Big 12. This 10-team league is the most wide-open, with Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Baylor and Kansas State all in contention.

4. Big Ten. It’s hard to imagine any team outperforming Ohio State, but there’s always Wisconsin in the Leaders and a dogfight among Michigan, Nebraska and Northwestern in the Legends to believe in.

5. ACC. It’s all about the Atlantic race between Clemson and Florida State. The Coastal is pretty terrible.

6. American. Hello, Louisville! You’ve got Cincinnati and Rutgers to contend with, and, well, that’s nothing to sneeze at if you’re feeling kind.

7. Mountain West. There’s Boise State and a bunch of teams that aren’t Boise State. Winner: the Broncos.

8. Mid-American. If Northern Illinois can’t destroy the rest of this league again, then we’ve heard enough for a while about the Huskies.

9. Conference USA. Louisiana Tech is fun to watch. So there’s that.

10. Sun Belt. Why are we even talking about this?"


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SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 08:16 AM

The author of this are saying things that us SEC fans already know. It's the SEC and then everybody else. For all of the haters and envious people out there, if you can't beat us, ( And I believe you can't)then join us.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Hi SF3. Did I miss something...I do not see where they picked the DAWGS to even make it to a BCS Bowl!!!

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

But they will. Not only will they make a BCS bowl, they will the SEC Championship this year.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM
sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

"Hi SF3. Did I miss something...I do not see where they picked the DAWGS to even make it to a BCS Bowl!!!"

Yes - obviously in Big 10 Country they are focused on their little fiefdom, and fail to see the big picture. He does point out that the Dawgs have a tough September, but I see them winning those games and being much more confident (and stronger, barring injuries to key players) going down the stretch. Wins over those three teams will hold them in good stead psychologically for their inevitable contest with AL.

"...if you can't beat us, ( And I believe you can't)then join us."

Of course they won't. They are hoping that the cyclical nature of EVERYTHING eventually levels the playing field. Personally, I believe that it will and that eventually we'll have relative parity across the major conferences in NCAA Division 1 football (that's parity in post season records and relative competitiveness among the top levels of the major conferences.) It may take awhile, but it will happen.

The author is also obviously playing to his primary audience - i.e., the Big 10 and the local Chicago, northern Illinois and northern Indiana college football fan base. But I thought he gave a pretty fair shake to the college football world in total - even if he has it all wrong about the Dawgs.

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM


How is it going? Goodness, this is an exciting week. The Bradwell Institute Tigers vs The Liberty County Panthers.

Let the trash talking begin.

The No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs vs The No. 8 Clemson Tigers.

Let the Dawg Days Of Summer wreak havoc in Death Valley Stadium on the Tigers.

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Where are all of those Panthers fans at?

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Hey, Sporty. Pretty good - I hope things are going well for you, too. Yes - this week the mantra is:


They have to win the first one in order to stay undefeated. It will be a GREAT game (I hope).

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 13:11 PM

I, personally, am more afraid of just Jaedevon Clowney than I am of the whole Clemson TEAM. I think the DAWGS will light up the scoreboard on Clemson and come away with a win. But I am more worried about the lights in Aaron Murrays eyes and them staying in there proper sockets when we play South Carolina, and Clowney.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 14:39 PM

Sebe, BTW please feel free to post anymore of them lovely majorette pictures or even cheerleaders. These ladies bring MUCH to the Game and are very important. I kid you not.

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 15:58 PM

The photo above is of the AL cheerleaders. I can think of one in particular that I have archived that I know you will appreciate. I'll upload it when I get back to Hooterville. (Am at Dr. Ofc with wifey for some tests she took right now.)

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 16:22 PM

Danka Sebe. Hope all goes well with your wife. Taking mine to Dentist in Sav. tomorrow for Crown fitting. Then going by Memorial Hosp. to check on my brudder. He's in ICU with acute pancreatitis. Been there for 10 days and still has a fever.


sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 18:57 PM

Oh, boy....hope the pancreatitis works it's way out okay. Wifey was put in hospital for that around 2005 as a result of a pancreas test that "1% or so of the patients get complications." She was a 1-percenter again. She spent about 10 days at St. Joseph's.

I'll add the photo that launched 1000 ships in a minute.

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 19:05 PM

...actually, I added four. For the first three, the viewing strategy is to play "Where's Waldo" and look for the pom-poms. The last photo is for our super-rabid Dawgs fans. I call it:

How 'bout dem GUNS!!!

SportsFan31313 commented on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 06:03 AM


Clowney is getting a lot of attention along with Manziel. The stats of the two were good last year. But this is new season in the SEC. I believe the hype have swollen the heads of these two and there stats will not be as good as last year. It will be a payback for Alabama this year and you can believe that they will beat Texas A&M convincingly. Same for Georgia. They will contain Clowney, and Aaron Murray will pick that Gamecock Defense apart. This is Georgia year. I firmly believe that they will be playing fir the National Championship. Go Dawgs!!!!

SportsFan31313 commented on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 06:14 AM

Pardon the typos Jimmy

SportsFan31313 commented on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 06:16 AM


I hope your wife get well.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 15:52 PM

Great Pics Sebe! Thanks!!!!

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 16:04 PM

Sporty: Thanks

Jimmy: You're welcome

SportsFan31313 commented on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 06:56 AM

You're Welcone Sebe...

SportsFan31313 commented on Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 16:51 PM

Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel is suspended for the first half of the opening game for violating the autograph rule.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 15:01 PM

I saw that. Odd "suspension" don't you think? Suspending somebody for one HALF of a game? I guess this means there was "wrongdoing," but if there WAS - I should think it deserves more than a 30 minute suspension.

SportsFan31313 commented on Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 15:26 PM

Everyone I have been in-contact with believe so Sebe.

SportsFan31313 commented on Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 15:41 PM

I love defense, but this game isn’t going to have a ton of it. I am not saying both teams don’t have talent on the defensive side of the football, but to me this shapes up as an offensive game. Aaron Murray to his tight ends and receivers and the far better running game. Clemson looks strong with Boyd, who can do it all, and Watkins, who Georgia doesn’t even have a player on their roster that can cover him. This pick is a lean at best for me but I am going to go with the Dawgs, primarily because of Gurley and Marshall, who should be able to wear Clemson down. Dawgs win by at least 3.
Put your money down Jimmy "D" for the No. 5 Dawgs. They are not No. 5 for nothing.

sebekm commented on Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Murray has to show up - BIG TIME - for my prediction of a Dawg undefeated season to come to pass. Boyd will be tough to contain, but the Dawg D must be up to the challenge. My hunch is 27-24 DAWGS, but the point gap could be wider.

SportsFan31313 commented on Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 14:42 PM

Yes, i gave it a 3 point won too becUse of the Dawgs young defense. The offense is loaded. The go to wide recievers are back, both runningbacks are back, and the tight end is back. The Dawgs offense are a lit better than Clemson's Defense. Dawgs will win.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 23:57 PM

It was a 3 point game - THE WRONG WAY. The Dawgs better play better next week or they're looking at 0-2.

SportsFan31313 commented on Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 11:49 AM


That game last night out me a football depression. Heck, I'm still in bed. I have to get up and go workout at the Gym. Yeah, I joined the gym to lose this beer gut that I acquired over the summer months. Maybe I can work this anger by oumping some iron and run on the treadmill. Georgia's secondary were the pits last night. Also that bad snap was the huge mistake that cost them the game. Georgia has the same problem as they had the last two years. That is their defense. I dont know what Nark Richt and Todd Grahatham are going to do, but they better do something, and do something fast. The offense are doing their job somewhat. The line has to do better as well blicking as Aaron Murray was sacked four times. It will be difficult for Georgia to get to a National Championship game with this one loss. They MUST WIN ALL of the remaining games now. They MUST Beat South Carolina and LSU which will be their toughest opponents. Is Clemson that good or Georgia is that bad? I dont know anymore. The team did not play up to expectation.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 13:15 PM

Yes - it was a real bummer. Last night was a "too" game for the Dawgs:

*Too many penalties

*Too many injuries

*Too many missed assignments - both on O and D

*Too elusive - as in Boyd being just slippery enough to buy time and make plays work

As it turned out, that missed opportunity for a TD in the 4th quarter was the difference - although we can't be sure if Clempson would have gone into prevent mode and allowed that TD during the last 2 minutes.

I agree that it was the D that needed to step up in the second half and they didn't. But after the O scored three in a row, they went dormant as well. At times, I wondered whether I was actually watching two top 10 teams. Usually, top 10 teams are built on DEFENSE. (I watched a little of the Alabama-VT game, and one of the commentators for that game made this statement:

"Virginia Tech has the best defense Alabama will see this year."

That doesn't say much for the defensive units of the SEC teams Alabama will face this year, does it? That wasn't my read of the state of defensive football in the SEC. But that's what the guy said.

Is Clempson that good or GA that bad? Well - it WAS the first game of the season; spotlight/national televised game; lots of young kids playing in the NCAA big show for the first time. Hopefully, the Dawgs will get it together for next week, 'cause you can be sure Spurrier will bring it - as there's nothing he likes more than to beat GA and FL.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Sep 01, 2013 at 23:03 PM

......and it gets worse. Mitchell lost for the season with torn ACL he got CELEBRATING the Dawg's first TD.


SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Sep 02, 2013 at 13:07 PM

Very Stupid!!!!!! His entire season gone down the drain.

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