Coachspeak: 2012 BCS Projections and the road to the National Title
To the surprise only to those living under a rock and/or on Mars since August, we have LSU, Alabama, and Oklahoma atop the mountain of the BCS after the initial unveiling. Alabama will host LSU in what could well be the only legitimate national game we will see, albeit early November.
Getting some play recently is the loser of the LSU-Alabama game still making BCS Title game and an SEC rematch for the ages. Insert the collective groans of anyone outside the SEC including the entire left coast, Big 10 and not so Big 12. If anyone in the East played football that mattered nationally, they would be incensed as well.
On the outside looking in are several potential party crashers, including the affable but not ready for prime time players Boise State and a paltry schedule that makes UTEP's look strong. We also have an impressive, but relatively untested Wisconsin and a surging Oklahoma State team–whose destiny is tied exclusively to the biggest Bedlam Series game in history against Oklahoma.
In a perfect world we could take Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, Wisconsin, Stanford, Boise, Oklahoma State and someone else, and have an eight team tournament and a legitimate National Title tournament that takes all the guess work and opinions out of the equation.
If Boise State truly is the football equivalent of Basketball’s Butler Bulldogs they could prove it, as could the rest of the team’s with title aspirations. Unfortunately, reality beckons and the question becomes who will actually survive to make it to the Crescent City in January.
The Sooners, while playing in Stillwater against Oklahoma State, still have the least pitfalls on the road to the Big Easy and BCS gold. With their only signature victories being over a grossly mediocre Florida State team in Tallahassee and a youthful Texas Longhorn squad in Dallas, Oklahoma can still effectively punch their ticket on December 3 with a win against the Cowboys of Oklahoma State. (Let the BCS corruption and conspiracy theories from Boise, Stanford and Wisconsin begin now)
The defection of Colorado and Nebraska from the Big 12 has inadvertently aided the Bedlam Boys as this year there is no Big 12 Title game and one less potential snafu for Oklahoma. If the Sooners take care of the routine house cleaning games, like Texas Tech and Baylor, they will all be half of the BCS Title dance card come January.
The LSU-Alabama survivor will complete the last half of the dance card, provided the winner runs the table including a now meaningless SEC Title game in Atlanta.
The predictions at this point are for an SEC-Big 12 Title game (only Oklahoma and Texas count in this millennium) and as we are all aware of what happens when the SEC plays the Big 12 (or anyone else) come BCS time. Write it down as the SEC dominance continues hoisting yet another BCS National Championship trophy in New Orleans.