Thursday, October 22, 2009

Florida-LSU: 2 out of 3, falls count anywhere

A possibility we hadn't considered, courtesy of ESPN's Ivan Maisel:

If six of the seven unbeaten teams lose, then a once-beaten team will reach the championship game. That has happened in each season since the FBS moved to a 12-game schedule in 2006. A once-beaten LSU, currently No. 9, would mean the Tigers won at Alabama on Nov. 7 and in the SEC championship game. It's difficult to imagine another one-loss team finishing ahead of them, save for Florida. Tripleheader anyone? Florida beat LSU on Oct. 10. If the Tigers win the rematch, and there are no other unbeatens, who's going to say it couldn't happen?

Full story here.


Bigdawg said...

Very good article. Thanks. The fact that it is important to the eventual national champion whether Oregon and Oregon St keep winning or whether Iowa beats Michigan St shows how absurd the BCS process is. Best I can tell there will eventually be a legitimate champions in the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big 10 and PAC 10. If we can't match one of those champions against another one for the national championship, then we might as well go ahead and set up a national championship rematch between Oregon and Boise State and get it over with.

Anonymous said...

There is one major flaw in your theory Bigdawg. There is no such thing as a legitimate ACC champion.

As competitive as the SEC is, I think it's a major stretch to say there will be no unbeatens. There's not much evidence to suggest UF & The Evil Empire won't be undefeated when they get to Atlanta. (Of course I saw no evidence we'd lose to Kentucky, either.)

I've often wondered why college football couldn't use the RPI formula used for college hoops. It would certainly be simpler than the BCS...