Iron Bowl Could Submarine BCS Tranquility.


Just A Couple of Friendly Neighbors.


I think the Iron Bowl was the first rivalry game I was aware of, something about it always being on Thanksgiving weekend is a memory I have going all the way back to my budding sports fan days.  I rooted for Auburn.  Charles Barkley factor?  I can’t be entirely sure.  Of course, now I don’t particularly care about either team and the entire weekend is flooded with so-called rivalry games and they all have their names like “Civil War,” or the Battle for Uncle Chester’s Suspenders.  Makes me a little nostalgic for the days when it was Iron Bowl/Skins Game/Turkey.  Maybe the two teams are to blame.  There haven’t been too many Iron Bowls that had a big impact on the BCS.  They let a lot of other teams creep in and steal some thunder.

I think I’ve mastered the college football season.  I caught a couple of big games here and there, and now with two weeks left, I am present and accounted for.  It’s time to watch some conference title games, and time do a little prep work so I at least know who is on the field for the national title.  As contenders in major conferences slip away, it has felt like we’ve been pointing toward Oregon vs. Auburn for the National Title for a while.  Standing in the way, aside from the potential asterisk that is Cam Newton, is Alabama.  The defending national champions have two conference losses, but will play to ruin Auburn’s season and possibly get themselves through the BCS back door.

I’d be terrified of ‘Bama if I had anything to do with either Auburn or the BCS.  Auburn gives up too many points for my liking to be considered one of your traditional SEC powers, the type of teams that have been piling up national championships lately.  The way they can out gun a team like they did Georgia a couple of weeks ago makes for great viewing, but I think it makes them vulnerable a little bit as well.  To my mostly uneducated eyes, I think ‘Bama is going to be able to score plenty of points.  Of course, if the Tide pull off the upset, it will send the BCS standings into a state of uncomfortable flux.

Auburn is already guaranteed a spot in the SEC title game, but if they lose this weekend, they’ll drop in the polls behind the unbeaten non-BCS All-Stars, TCU and Boise.  I imagine they wouldn’t drop below behind 1-loss LSU, who they’ve beaten, and is completely shutout of the picture.  Even so, if the Tigers fell to #4 (and where do you rank ‘Bama in this scenario?), that doesn’t give the BCS a nice and tidy 1 vs. 2 match-up.  I’m sure they’d still love to square off Oregon against Auburn, but I don’t see how’d they get away with that.  The non-BCS schools and the Big-10 champion would riot.  So, if it has to be Boise or TCU, which one will get the nod?  And, if Oregon were to lose as well sometime before the end of the season, then how ugly does it get?  Would the fans accept Boise vs. TCU for the national title?  Because, I sure as hell wouldn’t.

Oregon and Auburn is the game I’ve settled on in my mind, and so that means that I’ll have to revert back to my Barkley fan ways and pull for them this weekend.  It also means there is probably no chance of that match-up happening.  Would a six-team BCS 1-loss cluster bang and two undefeated non-BCS schools finally blow things up enough to get a serious change and a result on the field?  Probably not, but it’d give everyone something to complain about all Bowl Season.

My preferred National Title Match-Ups:

  1. Auburn vs. Oregon.  The Paul Westhead Game.  First team to 60 wins.
  2. Auburn vs. TCU.  If one big teams goes down, I’d prefer it to be Oregon.  Auburn’s has the brutal  SEC schedule, and I see some type of dark humor in sticking it to Boise yet again.
  3. Boise vs. Oregon.  To listen to the collective crickets east of the Mississippi and hear people talk about “World Series level ratings.”
  4. Boise vs. TCU.  Let’s just completely invalidate the entire thing.
  5. Stanford vs. Ohio State.  Not possible, but prototype college QB vs. prototype pro QB gets my attention.

5 thoughts on “Iron Bowl Could Submarine BCS Tranquility.

  1. I really dislike nick saban, but I hate the BCS…and the funny thing is that what happens if auburn goes to the title game and if/when they find evidence that cam newton pocketed a cool $250k to enroll at auburn?

    Playoff, playoff, playoff….let Boise ST or TCU demolish Ohio ST, so it isn’t just SEC teams that annihilate them in a bowl

  2. I think the biggest cluster could be if Auburn clinches a spot in the title game and then sometime during the month off we get the irrefutable proof that Newton was on someone’s payroll. then what do you do exactly?

  3. I can see Auburn losing this weekend then rolling South Carolina and getting into the national championship.

    The Big Ten may get all huffy puffy, but Auburn would have 1 loss just like them.

    At the end of the day though I say Oregon plays Boise State for the National Championship.

    The matchup I would love to see is Oregon vs. Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. I think Wisconsin may be playing the best in the country right now. They could win in a shootout with the Ducks or grind out a win.

    But I would love a 16-team playoff system where the 11 conference winners get an auto big to the tournament and then five at-large teams get a bid.

  4. fancy post.

    but i can say my first and only memory of football match-ups…nfl, pete stoyanovich. snow. dolphins. dallas.

    will it snow in dallas this year? there’s been a few blizzards already. i hate romo. and i don’t usually hate people, but how could you hurt carrie underwood AND jessica simpson.

    anyhow, JCK, don’t forget that at Auburn games, your neighbor can text security if you get unruly. keep it kosher.


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