Why Nation Should Root for an Oregon vs. West Virginia BCS Title Showdown

Randy ChambersAnalyst IOctober 9, 2012

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 6: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks speaks with his team during a timeout during the third quarter of the game against the Washington Huskies on October 6, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-21. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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With the way the polls are looking, there is a great chance an SEC team will appear in the BCS National Championship Game.

What else is new, right?

Well, with Oregon and West Virginia currently looking unstoppable in their own conferences, there is a chance that those two teams will meet in the big game. Of course, a team such as Alabama would have to lose and the Ducks and Mountaineers would have to run the table, but the chances are still there.

Two offensive juggernauts in the national championship would be a dream come true for most college football fans. And the fact that a team from the SEC would not be participating would be even more extraordinary.

Here is why the rest of the college football landscape is hoping to see this offensive masterpiece actually take place in this year's BCS title game.

The SEC Streak Will Be Snapped

The SEC has dominated college football like no other conference has in the last decade.

The conference has won the last six national championships, had two teams play in the big game last year and currently has four teams in the Top 10 of the AP Poll. 

You can't have a single conversation about college football without the SEC lovers talking about how great their conference is. If you aren't a fan of the SEC, there is a great chance you hate the conference that continues to get all of the shine, publicity and respect.

With a title game that features Oregon and West Virginia, there will not be an SEC team in the big game for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

Not only will the championship streak be snapped, but for one day, there will be nobody talking about the SEC, as college football will finally be able to acknowledge that there are other conferences in this sport.

Points, Points and More Points

While many fans had a right to complain over the fact that two SEC teams were playing in the national championship, considering both teams played earlier in the season and Alabama didn't even win its conference, one of the main things that the people didn't like was the fact the game was dominated by the defenses.

Fewer than 100 total yards and only five first downs from LSU for the entire game?

I know they say defense wins championships and all, but some type of offensive production would be nice. Because if you haven't figured it out, the average fan enjoys seeing big plays and touchdowns.

The defensive players don't matter much to most people, whereas offensive stars such as Geno Smith and De'Anthony Thomas get the majority of the attention of fans.

Forget about Jadeveon Clowney, Jarvis Jones or Manti Te'o, fans want to see the scoreboard change every 30 seconds. Move the football, score 40 points each and make it a game where the last team that has the ball wins.

That's what most fans would rather see in their national championship.

Actually, a game that takes 20 overtimes with a final score of 103-100 would be the perfect ending for those college football fans that don't enjoy a defensive slugfest.

Oregon and West Virginia are both averaging 52 points per contest, over 500 yards of total offense and are converting at least 50 percent of their third-down attempts.

You want excitement?

It doesn't get much better than these two offenses squaring off.

Two New Teams Soon to Take Over College Football

Both of these teams are on the rise, but we still don't look at them like some of the other powerhouse programs in college football. Both teams have never produced a Heisman winner, have all-time losing bowl records and neither has been able to produce a national championship.

The great part of this is the fact that both programs are heading in the right direction under head coaches Chip Kelly (Oregon) and Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia). Both are offensive masterminds and are quickly building their teams to be perennial contenders.

Holgorsen was able to get West Virginia to move to the Big 12, which will only help the recruiting and turn the Mountaineers into a team to watch out for every year. Kelly continues to recruit with the best of them and has led the Ducks to three-straight BCS bowl games.

A national championship is one of the things that is missing from these two schools before we can say either one has really arrived.

And although one will only be able to walk away with the hardware, it would be a victory for both schools, as it would be one step closer to showing the college football world that there are two other teams to pay attention to.

These aren't two programs that will enjoy a little five-year run and fade away back into mediocrity.

Both Oregon and West Virginia are big time and here to stay for a while.

Note: All stats come from cfbstats.com unless otherwise noted.


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