Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Not Again!

I want to put to rest the notion that "the SEC has superior athletes" and the "slow, plodding Big Ten" just can't physically compete. Last night had nothing to do with speed or strength. Every year, Ohio St. has any many guys picked in the first few rounds of the NFL draft as anyone. They have plenty of speed. Last night was about toughness, mental and physical. The Buckeyes posted a quick ten points on the board and LSU didn't flinch. 31 straight points later, the Buckeyes were done. Just a sickening display. I never thought I'd see such an undisciplined Jim Tressel-led squad. Four personal foul penalties! Roughing the kicker! Missed tackles! Just another embarassment on the national stage.

Meanwhile, we have a two-loss national champion. That's just great. I'm sure fans of USC and Georgia and West Virginia are thrilled. A playoff just makes too much sense for the geniuses of the BCS.


rlbates said...

Sorry, Buckeye, having done my internship in Baton Rouge I wanted LSU to win. Also, it made Arkansas' Cotton Bowl loss easier to take knowing we had beat LSU.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of the tough but slow Big Ten vs. the fast and dynamic PAC 10/SEC, I had to watch my Illini (Buckeye - you may remember them well) get blown off the field by USC and then listen to Lee Corso say that USC looked better in the parking lot without pads than IL looked with pads on the field. Can't stand the media bias. Those talking heads make me nauseous.

Anonymous said...

i don't think a playoff would end the complaints, do you? why don't you list the 4 or 8 teams you think should be in a playoff and see if there isn't a lot of howling from west virginia or kansas, missouri or georgia etc etc.

Jeffrey Parks MD FACS said...

Here's the solution: 8 team playoff. Get rid of those ridiculous early season games where the powerhouse play someone like Youngstown St. Maximum regular season games set at 11. The winner of the whole thing plays 14 games (Ohio St played 14 in 2002 when they won). If you have 8 teams, you pretty much include everyone with a legitmate shot. The number 9 team this year would have been Va Tech or BC or Texas. No chance those squads are going to run the table in a play-off. The rest of the teams can compete for slots in the Carquest and Texas Bowls. Every other NCAA sport is determined by a playoff. Even all the other divisions in football. Set up the playoff. It's not that difficult.

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Anonymous said...

So your 8 teams are?
8 Kansas

7 Missouri

3 OU

4 Georgia
5 VaTech

Honorable Mention: Florida, Hawaii, WVU
I'm torn about Georgia being in and WVU being out.

Jeffrey Parks MD FACS said...

Prakash- Everyone is invited.

Anon- I agree with your rankings except would probably put USC #4. WVU/Kansas would have been a toss-up.

I don't think anyone can deny that this was one of the more unsatisfying seasons in recent college football memory. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Bucks. They didn't belong in that title game. Arguably the three best teams at the end of the year all had two losses. Why is LSU #1? It's time for a playoff; unfortunately too much money has already been guaranteed with the current system.

Dr. Rob Oliver Jr. said...

My condolences on the Sugar bowl. As a disinterested observer (gotta root for the SEC though) I'd have to disagree somewhat with your assessment.

LSU looked dominant across the board talent-wise, particularly in the skill positions. They were bigger, faster, & stronger on both sides of the ball. Their biggest weakness is their coach, who almost single-handedly guided them to 4-5 losses in the SEC this year despite having about 12-15 NFL-caliber starters