Saturday, October 07, 2006

CFB Shocker: Auburn Routed
Why It's Bad for the Whole SEC

You all know I'm an SEC fan, so here's the thing about Auburn's loss at home to Arkansas:

The whole thing about the SEC (and its fans) griping about how a one-loss team should still be considered a BCS title-game contender, because the degree of difficulty in the conference is so much tougher than any other conference.

Fair enough. But that's predicated on the powers -- Auburn, LSU, Florida, Georgia -- beating on each other, round-robin style.

It's easier to claim you're an awesome one-loss team when you lose by, say, a point on the road to another team in the BCS Top 10. You've got a case.

And therein lies Auburn (and the SEC's) problem:

Auburn lost...
By double-digits...
At home...
To an unranked team.

I had them at No. 2, and in my next Top 25 ballot, I'm going to drop them completely out of the Top 10, if not into the high teens. (Certainly Arkansas will get a HUGE boost -- I'm going to put THEM into the high teens.)

So now Auburn could run the table and still have zero cred with that ass-kicking at home to an unranked team on their resume. And, all of a sudden, even if LSU runs the rest of THEIR table, they lost to a team that lost at home to an unranked team. See how it builds on itself?

As far as I'm concerned, both Auburn and LSU are done. (Hell, LSU was done as soon as they lost to Auburn, but now -- even if every other contender has one loss -- LSU's loss seems that much more pathetic, because Auburn's loss was so ultimately pathetic.)

It's looming larger now than ever: The SEC isn't going to have any team emerge unbeaten, because the league is so freaking brutal. When an unranked non-factor can go on the road and completely stomp the league's top-ranked team (and No. 2 overall), THAT's a tough league.

-- D.S.

13 comments:

jp / john paul / paul said...

that leaves USC and Michigan (with rank outsiders Louisville or WV) challenging for the number 2 spot...

who you picking there...

Hisjazziness said...

Thanks for not including Tennessee on that list. After we beat Georgia, you'll be sorry.

Jason (East Lansing) said...

The only tigers worth talking about are the Detroit Tigers.

Hisjazziness said...

and the bayside tigers.

jp / john paul / paul said...

the gators? hmmm...

if they survive the Vols, the Dawgs, the Bayou, and Auburn (in the SEC Championship game)...

then we can put them in contention...

Maher said...

USC in no WAY deserves to be #2. Last week they had to fight off WSU at the end of the game, same this week (with a little help from their friends in the striped shirts).

FLA deserves to be #2 right now.

USC shouldn't be in the top 5, and they won't be by December. The way they are playing now, ND could beat them.

jp / john paul / paul said...

looks like it's all up to that huge Buckeye-Wolverine game...

Maher said...

it decides the big ten title every year, and every pre-season people overlook that.

I just hope MSU doesn't fire Slappy until after our game against them next week. I don't want a "win one for our coach" scenario to derail OSU.

phlippr said...

Let's not forget that USC beat Arkansas by 36 in their house. USC is struggling right now because of injuries -- but they're still winning. Auburn would give anything right now to have squeaked out a win.

Maher said...

@ hisjazziness

what about Tennessee again?

man that kid from UGA can FLY, fastest punt return I've seen in awhile

Maher said...

@phlip

a win is a win, trust me I know. (see 2002 buckeyes) But we're talking about who deserves to be #2 behind OSU, and USC/AUB are there now because of preseason rankings with no base in reality, and those same rankings put UF/MICH so far down as to handicap them now.

unless this is the end of the BCS and 5 teams go #-0 on the season we don't need to worry about it really, but it is still fun to argue.

Benny said...

Best conference in the country is the SEC by far.

Heard on the radio that IF the Gators somehow with their brutal schedule and a conference championship would go unbeaten, they would be ranked #1 in a computer poll, based on everything. Going undefeated with that schedule deserves #1 consideration.

Maher said...

herbie has said the same thing for the last 2 wks.