Shakeup Saturday causes more BCS chaos
I honestly felt Kansas State had an easier path to going undefeated, and thought Oregon would find a way to avoid disaster; something they couldn't do last season. I was content with the idea of watching a Championship game featuring both schools.
I thought it would be an interesting challenge, should Alabama defeat Georgia in the SEC championship game, (providing they beat Auburn) to see Alabama play unbeaten Notre Dame in the Fiesta bowl. More on my feelings on Notre Dame a little later.
After watching the madness unfold Saturday night, it makes you think that A. Kansas State just wasn't mentally ready for the spotlight and dropped the ball with a great opportunity before their eyes. Losing to a sub .500 team was reminiscent of Oklahoma State losing to Iowa State last year. Say goodnight to K-state.
And B. Stanford is better than most people thought. Oregon was the true definition of the word juggernaut, but Stanford just controlled the game, despite turning it over 3 times. Going into the game it was billed as the best rushing offense in the FBS against the top ranked rushing defense in the FBS. They say defense wins championships, but who woulda thought Stanford could ever hold Oregon to 14 points? The Cardinal actually out gained the Ducks on the ground. Mind blowing!
Makes you think that if Stanford didn't have that early season bad loss at Washington, they could easily make a claim to being deserving of a rematch against Notre Dame in the National Championship game. If Alabama could get their rematch last year against LSU, why couldn't Stanford have theirs?
Unfortunately, having a second loss makes this thought moot--or does it? Well, a lot of chaos would have to ensue for Stanford to leapfrog into such a position. But after what we witnessed this past Saturday--anything is possible.
As crazy as this sounds, despite being 11-0, I still don't feel Notre Dame is the best team in the country. Call it SEC bias, call it a near upset against an awful Pitt team--I still think a handful of teams can knock off the Irish in the Championship game. By the way, I'm not the only one doubting Notre Dame in the big game. Word has gotten out that if the Irish played Alabama, the Crimson Tide would be installed as a ten point favorite in Vegas. And Notre Dame would be at least a seven point underdog against any top 5 school.
I do respect their schedule and I'm not saying they didn't beat anyone. While I do feel Oklahoma has been overrated, I never thought Notre Dame would go into Norman and take them to the wood shed the way they did. And now their win against Stanford looks as good as any school's best win in the country. Well, except Texas A&M.
Just a quick thought. I know all the BCS bowl games are set based on where teams finish in their conference. However, if you did away with that, how exciting of a game would it be if Stanford's D got a shot at Johnny football and that A&M offense? The fact that Stanford is likely to represent the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl against a mediocre Nebraska team--just makes you want to scream.
Now with USC head coach Lane Kiffin announcing QB Matt Barkley will miss this coming Saturday nights game against Notre Dame, it would take an effort of epic proportions for USC to pull this upset.
With so many great games left and so many potential upsets, the BCS standings can change a lot over the next two weeks. This is as exciting as it gets for college football right now. Enjoy the ride.