Originally posted by deathstalker82:
...i am not a fan of auburn by a long shot, but i think they deserved the big game alot more than oklahoma, who only had one tough challenge in texas, and usc who really didn't play anybody this year because the pac-10 was terrible...
While the SEC is often one of (if not the) premier conferences in college football, this was certainly not one of the conference's banner years. LSU was a major disappointment and the other perennial challenger in the West division, Arkansas, had a down year. Alabama football dominance rests dustily on a shelf in a trophy case in Tuscaloosa; a forgotten, faded memory.
What of the East division and the 'powers' there? Florida? Later, gator. Wait 'til next year. UGA? Couldn't even beat a mediocre Tennessee team when the marbles were up for grabs. Speaking of the Vols, even those fervent fans in Knoxville will tell you they got more than they expected from this year's version.
I will be very interested in seeing how well Auburn does against Va. Tech. I think Va. Tech might have run the table in a weak SEC this year.
a down year in the PAC 10. I think you got a little too excited over the fact that Cal went into Southern Ms. and didn't win by a passel of points. I think you use this as a basis for your PAC 10 bashing. I think you've been listening to Mack Brown a little too long, deathstalker82. His Texas team FINALLY comes within 10 points of Oklahoma and he thinks he's had a good year. Cal would demolish Texas, and they will beat Texas Tech in this year's Holiday Bowl.
Let's look at Auburn's out of conference shedule. La. Monroe, The Citadel (!) and La. Tech. put them together and what do they spell? Little Sisters of the Poor.
Let's look at USC's nonconference schedule: Va Tech (BCS bowl team) Notre Dame (bowl team) BYU (a lousy year but 5 years ago when these were scheduled BYU didn't look to be a patsy along the lines of, say, The Citadel), and Colorado State, who also had a bad year.
Might as well throw Oklahoma in as well, Bowling Green (a bowl team), Houston (ok, they're lousy), and Oregon (down year but over the past 5 years a better than average Pac 10 school).
Auburn is a great team....they've had a great year. They've done everything they've been asked to do. It's not their fault their league had a down year. It IS their fault they play a pantywaist nonconference schedule.
I remember the excuse for dropping the annual rivalry game between the Florida Gators and the UM Hurricanes my 'Gator' brothers gave me when this game was dropped from UF's schedule a couple of years after UM ceased being a punching bag, "we play in such a tough conference, we can't afford another tough game."
One of the few good things the BCS has done is make these nonconference games more important to those teams who want to challenge for the big prize. Too many La. Monroe's and The Citadels will take their toll in the final analysis.
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