ESPN.com came out with an interesting list this week, ranking all the national championship teams of the BCS/College Football Playoff era. That list, of course, included the five Alabama national championship teams under Nick Saban (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017), as well as Auburn's 2010 title team. None of the team ranked in the overall Top 5, which was topped by 2005 Texas. But just including the teams from our state, how would you rank them? Here's my list: 1. 2011 Alabama -- Even though it had a loss (in overtime to top-ranked LSU) and was somewhat limited offensively, I think this is the best of the Saban title teams. The defense was just so suffocating and completely shut down just about everyone on its schedule (with the exception of Georgia Southern, AKA Team Tin Horn). As ESPN notes, 14 players on that Alabama defense eventually played in the NFL, and it avenged the LSU loss with a 21-0 blowout in the championship game. 2. 2009 Alabama -- Saban's only undefeated team … [Read more...] about AL.com All-Access: Ranking those Alabama, Auburn national championship teams
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Was going to update my BCS disaster scenario item from two weeks ago, since so much has happened. But I have another screwy thought about the just-as-screwy BCS: USC has a better chance to win the national championship if the Trojans don’t win the Pac-10 championship. They can’t afford to lose another game, but they can afford to lose out in the Pac-10 title chase and still sneak into National Championship Game. In fact, I think they have a better chance of getting into the NCG if Oregon State runs the table and wins the Pac-10. The Beavers and Trojans would finished tied at 8-1 in conference play, but OSU would be the real-world champ and get the Rose Bowl bid by virtue of its head-to-head victory over the Trojans. And that just might help USC’s case. For those thinking/laughing/screaming that a team can’t win the national title without winning its conference title, I say: Nebraska ’01. The Cornhuskers lost their regular-season finale at Colorado 62-36 … [Read more...] about BCS projections: Is USC better off not winning the Pac-10?
It took less than 48 hours for the pieces to start falling USC’s way, as if Pete Carroll had willed it from on high … The top-ranked Trojans got ambushed at Oregon State on Thursday and, as a result, are no longer in control of their own destiny in the BCS title chase. To reach the national championship game, the Trojans need help (and they need to run the table, obviously). And wouldn’t you know it: The help arrived immediately, in the form of Saturday losses by No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Florida. Just like that, two teams that figured to stand between the Trojans (if they run the table) and a spot in the title game have one loss each. That doesn’t mean the Trojans would get a title berth over Florida/Georgia if they both finish with one loss. But it gets USC one step closer to having fewer losses than both teams. Because the Dawgs and Gators collide in Jacksonville in November, one is guaranteed to have two losses. All USC needs is the winner of that game to … [Read more...] about Weekend rewind: Losers (USC) and winners (also USC) from Week Five
Picking the biggest winner is almost as easy as identifying the biggest loser from the month-long, 35-game bowl season. Biggest winner: The SEC, which not only captured its sixth consecutive national championship but also won six of its nine bowl games in 2011-12. Biggest loser: The Big Ten. The conference had such a rough time of it, even the Wall Street Journal addressed the situation. If you’re scoring at home, the Little Ten was 2-4 in January bowls. That comes on the heels of a 1-5 performance in games in Jan. ’11, when the lone victory was courtesy of players who should have been ineligible for the Sugar Bowl. More problematic is how often the Slow Ten gets thumped by its AQ brethren (and by that we basically mean the SEC). In those 12 January games over the past two seasons, it has five losses by 10 points or more. Heck, the SMALL is 2-8 in the Rose Bowl since the turn of the century. Other winners and loser … Winner: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Because he … [Read more...] about College football: Winners and losers from the bowl season
Before we get to the who and the how, a few paragraphs on the what: What, exactly is a BCS disaster scenario? It is absolutely not a controversial National Championship Game matchup that riles fans of a particular team or conference. Those things are bound to happen. No, a BCS disaster scenario is a NCG matchup that: 1) Undermines the credibility of the system (Remember: the system is only designed to match the Nos. 1 and 2 teams, not to create “fair” matchups in the other three BCS games), and 2) Angers the men who matter: The commissioners of the Big Six conferences. The BCS is their baby. They’re the ones who negotiate the TV contracts. They’re the ones who set the rules. They’re the ones with the power to implement a “plus-one” model or a playoff or whatever. You might not think the system works. I might not think it works. (My opinion: A college football playoff would challenge the NCAA tournament as the best event in sports.) Millions of … [Read more...] about The BCS disaster scenario: If you want a playoff, root for this …