Robert Stephens, Writer
Stephens provides his take
on big time college football.
December 7, 2011 - The BCS should change its name to
the BMM (Bring Me the Money) after their recent ratings came out Sunday
with LSU rated as the number one team in the USA. No problem here the
Tigers have played one of the toughest schedules in recent memory. The
Crimson Tide of Alabama who lost to LSU 9-6 in overtime at Tuscaloosa
are rated number two don’t really have a problem with that. Oklahoma
State is rated third andStanford is rated fourth to round out the top
Where’s the problem? This past weekend the PAC-12 held its first
ever conference championship with Oregon defeating UCLA, the replacement
for USC in their inaugural money making marketing machine.
The last time I saw Stanford they were attempting to stop the Ducks’
video game offense at home and suffered their first of the season which
enable them to sit at home and watch the Ducks capture the first PAC-12
Championship game. The reward for the Ducks by the BCS was a number five
ranking behind the Cardinal ! Stanford finished the regular season
at 11-1, the Ducks finished their campaign at 11-2. That’s not a
big difference in college football at this level.
The most perplexing development in all of this is highlighted in the ACC
Conference where Virginia Tech with a record of 11-2 is rated 11th while
Clemson the ACC champion with a record of 10-3 is rated 15th in the latest
BCS poll. Lets check the results for 2011. The first meeting at Blacksburg
resulted in the Tigers denying the Hokies a touchdown
in a 23-3 win. This past weekend in the ACC Championship game at Charlotte,
the Tigers trounced Tech 38-10. (Huh?)
Terrell Pryor was a money maker for Ohio
State and others, with his jersey being a top seller (file photo).
The giggling you heard from the BCS office came when my
personal Favorite, the Houston Cougars, laid an egg in their Conference
USA Championship contest against Southern Mississippi. I know I should
be neutral but the Cougars fought hard all season to reach the top ten
in the final poll and then the bottom fell out. Gotcha !
Let’s take a look at the BIG TEN Conference. Thank goodness the
athletic department doesn’t teach math because there are actually
twelve teams in the conference. The BIG TEN is broken into two divisions,
The Legends and The Leaders. Michigan and Michigan State are in the
Michigan State won their division and faced Wisconsin for the BIG TEN
Championship. The Badgers defeated State 42-39 in a thriller. State finished
their season with a record of 10-3. The Wolverines who sat at home because
they lost to the Spartans 28-14 in conference play were rewarded with
a BCS bowl (Sugar) and their opponent will be Va. Tech. I guess that only
seems right that the two of them would meet. Michigan State who finished
their season with a record of 10-3 was 17th in the final BCS rankings.
Michigan finished their regular season with a record of 10-2. Michigan
State will face Georgia in the Outback Bowl.
So who got left out, Boise State (11-1) ranked 7th in the BCS poll was
victim number one. Boise has a track record of doing well in bowl games
and has a legitimate gripe based on performance but coming out of the
Big West you have to be undefeated. Arkansas ranked 6th in the BCS is
a victim of you can only have two teams from the same conference participating
in BCS bowls. The Razorbacks who finished their season with a record of
10-2 will face Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl. The irony of that actually
makes the Cotton one of the more intriguing bowl match ups.
I find it interesting that the human polls - USA TODAY/ COACHES and AP
poll which consist of the writers - like Stanford over Oregon. They do
however agree that Clemson is better than Virginia Tech any day of the
week wherever they play. They flip flop on Michigan and Michigan
State, with the writers ranking State over the Wolverines. I’m going
with the writers on this one. If head to head competition doesn’t
count for something then I am in the wrong business.
So that leaves us one interesting point, the FCS which according to sports
enthusiast takes the top 16 according to the rankings; They do allow for
automatic bids one per conference that’s it. My point is Arkansas
is a prime example of the collusion that is presently taking place in
college football. The FCS will take four teams from the same conference
if deemed worthy. That will never happen in this scenario and I’m
just waiting for the next bomb to drop and its on the way trust me !
So let the games begin and a note to Houston, TCU, Boise State, and Southern
Mississippi; you have to go undefeated and win big, this year the BCS
got just what it wanted and there is nothing that will change it.
The Department of Justice has started their inquiry on how colleges select
their companies and they determine their royalty rates. The target of
this investigation is IMG, which represents over 200 schools. The top
schools that IMG represents are Michigan, Alabama, Auburn, Texas,
Florida and UCLA. IMG officials are cooperating with officials of course.
Stilett sports magazine which tracts the selling of colligate apparel
had Florida rated as the number one jersey seller for the 2009-2010 season.
Alabama was second and Ohio State was third. Terrell Pryor’s number
2 was rated as one of the top sellers that year. Show me the money, just
show me the money !