Lessons From the Last Ten Days of Football

Well, it seems that this 2010 football year has been a little zanier than I had initially figured. So, I won’t ramble on for the next seven or eight sentences with my patented rambling ability. I’m just going to get straight to the meat of things.

Auburn won the National Championship. Yeah, I know, old news, but it does beg one glaring question though: Since the SEC has won seven of the thirteen BCS Championship games played, including the last six in a row, then shouldn’t we come up with a way to make things a little more fair? Yes, we should. That’s why I created the:


Yes, 2.0. I’ve tried this before.

First thing is first. We have 12 different conferences in the FBS. We have to take the winners and seed them. based on overall record, with conference record as a tie-breaker.

1.   Auburn (14-0 overall, 8-0 vs. SEC)
2.   TCU (13-0 overall, 8-0 vs. Mountain West)
3.   Oregon (12-1 overall, 9-0 vs. Pac-10)
4.   Nevada (13-1 overall, 7-1 vs. WAC)
5.   Ohio State (12-1 overall, 7-1 vs. Big Ten)
6.   Oklahoma (12-2 overall, 6-2 vs. Big 12)
7.   Virginia Tech (11-3 overall, 8-0 vs. ACC)
8.   Northern Illinois (11-3 overall, 8-0 vs. MAC*)
9.   UCF (11-3 overall, 7-1 vs. C-USA)
10. West Virginia (9-4 overall, 5-2 vs. Big East)
11. Navy (9-4 overall, 1A Independent)
12. Troy (8-5 overall,  6-2 vs. Sun Belt)

Cool, the top twelve seeds are accounted for. Next, we have to seed the runners-up.

13. Stanford (12-1 overall, 8-1 vs. Pac-10)
14. Boise State (12-1 overall, 7-1 vs. WAC)
15. Michigan State (11-2 overall, 7-1 vs. Big Ten)
16. Utah (10-3 overall, 7-1 vs. Mountain West)
17. Tulsa (10-3 overall, 6-2 vs. C-USA)
18. Miami (OH) (10-4 overall, 7-1 vs. MAC)
19. Nebraska (10-4 overall, 6-2 vs. Big 12)
20. Florida State (10-4 overall, 6-2 vs. ACC)
21. Connecticut (8-5 overall, 5-2 vs. Big East**)
22. South Carolina (9-5 overall, 5-3 vs. SEC)
23. Notre Dame (8-5 overall, IA Independent)
24. Florida International (7-6 overall, 6-2 vs. Sun Belt)

Now, to get to 32, we need eight more teams to round out the playoff bracket. These will be chosen on winning percentage amongst the remaining teams.

25. Oklahoma State (11-1 overall)
26. Wisconsin (11-2 overall)
27. LSU (11-2 overall)
28. Arkansas (10-3 overall)
29. Alabama (10-3 overall)
30. Missouri (10-3 overall)
31. Hawai’i (10-4 overall)
32. Air Force (9-4 overall)

Seeding would be done in a drawing. All 32 teams has a representation card or something and they would all be tossed around together and the teams drawn would be pitted against each other in the first round. The highest seeded of the two teams has the home game, and their seeding becomes indicitive of the games placement on the tree.

From there, the sixteen winners from the first round are chosen. They slide along the tree to eight, then to four, then to two, who play for the National Championship. You may be asking: but Robbie, what about the bowls? The Bowl Championship Series is just corporate sponsorship. If wanted, the Bowl’s can still be attached, just on a game by game basis. For example (which, of course, means hypothetically:)

#31 Hawai’i vs. #11 Navy… in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl, played in Boise, Idaho.


Look! Nothing’s perfect, okay? Jeez. It’s more fair than this system we have now where the Associated Press and USA Today rank the teams. That’s exactly the reason why the SEC has won so many. You know, I will even be as bold as to say that if Auburn has been paired up with TCU or Wisconsin, they could very well have lost. Also, with this system, incidents like what happened in the National Championship wouldn’t happen. Both teams played so poorly because they spent a month off the football field. This, in turn, makes National Championships more exciting to watch and we don’t have teams deadlocked at 19-11 for almost an entire half.

That’s my tirade. Thanks for reading.

This weekend’s NFL action has me really excited for next week. Pittsburgh won with defense. The Jets recovered two consecutive Patriot onside kicks to ruin The Brady-Bilichek Experience in Foxborough. The Seahawks barely lost against Chicago. The Packers stunned the NFL by beating the first place Atlanta Falcons, in Atlanta, where Matt Ryan is 13-3 career, with a team full of depth players, by a score of 48-21.

Well, it really isn’t outside of the Packers’ style to score a ton of points in an important game. Remember this?

Of course you do. What?! So what if the Packers lost. They still put up 45 points. That’s my argument.

So, here we are at everyone’s favorite part of these blogs: When Robbie predicts stuff.

1. The New York Jets travel to the Steel City for a showdown with the Steelers. I don’t really think Pittsburgh’s defense can stop the Jet’s running game. Not only will they have to worry about averaging 4.2 yards per carry in the playoffs, but the Jets are riding two playoff wins against the Colts and the Patriots, two of the three most dominate teams in the AFC over the last decade.

Winner: The Jets… particularly LaDanian Tomlinson.

2. The Packers head into a showdown with the Bears in Chicago. This will prompt practically every sports writer in the country to throw out that “Curly” Lambeau and George Halas (formerly of the Bears) are the only coaches in history to coach their respective teams to six championships. The Bears defense (ranked 20th against the pass) will have to contend with an Aaron Rodgers who has completed 49 of 63 passes for 546 yards and 6 touchdowns this post-season. I don’t see it happening. The Bears’ offense (28th in passing, 22nd in rushing) will be contending with a Packers’ defense ranked 5th and 18th in passing and rushing respectively.

Winner: The Packers.
Loser: Brett Favre’s ego.

“I just don’t get it…”

Get a load of this:

1. The Super Bowl will be in Dallas for the first time in it’s history. If the Steelers and the Packers end up playing each other, the city has to root for either the team that dominated the Cowboys in the playoffs during the 1960’s (Packers), or the team that dominated the Cowboys in the Super Bowl in the 1970’s (Steelers). Either way, they’re rooting for the enemy.

2. If the Steelers make it, not only will they be playing in their biggest Super Bowl rival’s stadium, but they will have tied the Cowboys record for appearances (8), and assuming they win in JerryWorld, they would further extend their wins record to 7.

3. If the Jet’s win next weekend, it will the franchises first appearance in the big game in over 40 years.

4. Which reminds me, if the Jets and the Packers meet, the game will be between the winners of the first three Super Bowl games.

5. In the event of the Bears and Steelers making it, it would be a throwback game. The Steelers are the fifth-oldest franchise in the NFL (1933, as the Pirates) and the second-oldest is the Bears (1919, as the Decatur Staleys). This would be the second such meeting in Super Bowl history. The other was Super Bowl XLI, when the Bears played the Indianapolis Colts (who’s roots can be traced back to the Dayton Triangles, one of the NFL’s founding franchises).


About Robert L. Franklin

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