October 19, 2012
NCAA Gators get boost from BCS
By SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency
The Bowl Championship Series. How we missed you.
There's no doubt, when the the BCS is abolished after next season, college football types won't be sad to see it go.
Since 1998, the system has created more controversy than Pacman Jones at a "scrip" club. Google it if you need a laugh.
After seven weeks of action on the gridiron, we returned to what has become the norm every fall, when more attention is paid to a computer spitting out numbers than actual football results.
And the BCS first poll went exactly by the script esteemed NCAA Football Frenzy head-honcho Todd Saelhof penned last week, with no shortage of teams feeling slighted, and the never-ending Substance vs. Style debate.
Alabama, who's everyone's consensus No. 1 -- unless you're on something really strong -- sits alone at the top.
The mild surprises start at No. 2.
Oregon Ducks backers might use a different term than 'mild,' however, as the computers installed the Florida Gators in the second spot, lining up an all-SEC title game if the season were to end today.
Long accused of having an SEC bias, this will do nothing to dispel that notion.
But is it that far off?
It would be tough to argue there's a better conference than the one with seven teams in the top 25 and boasts the past six national champions.
Without a single win against a team ranked in the BCS Top 25, Ducks backers don't have much of an argument at this point. Kansas State, Notre Dame and every other other team lined up in the top 10 behind the Ducks have at least one signature win.
Meanwhile, the Gators have wins over No. 6 LSU, No. 18 Texas A&M and have No. 7 South Carolina on deck Saturday.
Oregon has done it with style -- they've put up more than 42 points in every game -- while the Gators have wins against opponents considered to be legit top 25 -- and in some cases top 10 -- teams.
"I think the computers had a big problem because we play so many night games. I think maybe the computers shut off at night," quipped Ducks head coach Chip Kelly to reporters this week, adding that he doesn't really care about rankings because "there's a lot of football left to be played."
With No. 10 USC, No. 20 Stanford and No. 8 Oregon State lined up in the next six weeks for the Ducks, they'll get their chance to prove they belong.
Just sit back and enjoy the BCS shenanigans. It'll be over in two years.
FIRST & GOAL
Tommy Tuberville is simply a giant-killer. After dismantling previously fifth-ranked West Virginia 49-14, the Texas Tech head coach is now 6-2 against teams ranked in the top five. The BCS gave the Red Raiders their due this week, slotting them in at No. 17 ... The news got even worse for the Texas Longhorns following their beatdown at the hands of rival Oklahoma, as it was learned speed-rusher and potential first-round NFL pick Jackson Jeffcoat will miss the rest of the season after tearing his pectoral. The injury may force the junior to return next year ... Texas did get some good news this week as it appears QB David Ash (wrist) will be able to go Saturday against Baylor.
FOURTH & INCHES
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has received some ink in this space before, but after breaking his own SEC yardage record (he set it two weeks ago) with 576 total yards in a 59-57 shootout win over Louisiana Tech, he'll get a bit more. And he's a 19-year-old freshman! ... Oregon State continues to be the surprise team of the season, riding backup QB Cody Vaz to a win over BYU and a No. 8 BCS ranking. Will everyone continue to overlook the Beavers or will the slipper fall off? ... Rutgers is quietly becoming a force in the Big East. Give a lot of the credit to former coach Greg Schiano for putting the pieces in place before bolting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ... You can rag on West Virginia and their leaky defence all you want, but they're 20th in the nation against the run, which might not bold well for Collin Klein and K-State this week, who struggle throwing the ball.
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