Justice, Alabama, and the BCS: Part 2

Written December 6th, 2011 by Eric

This is the continuation of the article posted this morning looking at a solution to the current problems.

To the victors, the spoils.

Many people have spilled an incredible amount of ink over the years trying to determine a just system for selecting a national champion.  Our own Malibuckeye came up with his own system a while back and expounded upon it in length.  I honestly believe there is only one possible method of satisfactorily deciding a champion with all of the proper criteria. That answer is to allow the teams to decide it on the field in a playoff format. But, unlike with many other views, the playoff isn’t the critical factor. The biggest issue is to start to make the regular season important again.

The best way to determine who gets to play in the Division 1A Playoff, while simultaneously allowing fair access to all of the conferences, is to restrict access only to conference champions. Yes, you heard that right – conference champions only.

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One Fan’s Opinion: Oklahoma State Deserves Title Shot

Written December 4th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

With all the BS surrounding today’s BCS decision, we thought it would be a good idea to get a different perspective from someone who’s case is not being shoved down our throats clearly articulated from Bristol. For that, we turn to our Big Integer correspondent…

All For Naught?

I’m a man and not quite 40, and last night was a first in my lifetime…Oklahoma State University won a conference championship, outright for the first time since before MY parents were born and I was there to witness it.

Not only was it against our in-state rival and traditional power OU, it was an arse cripplin’!  In all phases the Cowboys dominated.  But because of our great college football playoff system, I’m not here, nor are most of the other writers, to talk about the win, rather discuss who plays in the MNCG, as Mali calls it.

Today it all comes down to a vote. Unfortunately, as the four letter network would have it, there will not be equal time given to “all sides” up for election.  First, they didn’t bring GameDay to Stillwater even though it was the only top 10 match up.  Next, they didn’t send their ‘A’ team to broadcast, because we all know that the VTech/Clemson match up definitely had more to play for and would be better.  As if Kirk and Brent stumping for Alabama/LSU LAST WEEK at the Stanford/ND game wasn’t enough, they put on one of the ‘leading candidates’ head coaches to give his ‘unbiased’ opinion for 2 hours on said GameDay.  They didn’t even TRY to include an outside voice.

What gets me most is everyone wants to talk about the one loss.  How about a paradigm shift and talk about the 11 wins.  Alabama didn’t play the top two teams in the east and had their shot AT HOME and lost.  As of this writing, they defeated 2 top 25 teams.  The Cowboys beat 5 top 25 teams and won every game at home and their conference championship who even the four letter network said was 1 and 2 at the top of conferences with the SEC.

Do I have Pickens colored glasses?  YES.  Do I think its ridiculous that the four letter network isn’t even trying to hide their bias?  YES. I still do have hope in the nation-wide voters at large and that they will vote (against the wishes of one network) to have a conference champion play a conference champion in the final game of the season.  And for those of you saying my OSU doesn’t have a chance against LSU, remember back to 2006 when the final BCS ranking was released and NOBODY outside of Gator Nation said they had a chance…but it ended differently than most thought it would (ed.- we have not idea what you’re talking about… there was no 2006 bowl season).

As Gundy said, after last nights thumping, these Cowboys deserve a chance and it definitely will not be a 9-6 game on the road against the Tigers.

The Week That Were: 10.01.11

Written October 2nd, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Given their recent decision to disband, several people recommended REM tunes for this week’s soundtrack, from the obvious to the more fatalistic.

However, we like to keep it upbeat here at TWTW, so this week’s post was written with this R&B classic in mind.

In many ways, this was a weekend to forget, as eight members of the top twenty lost, several to unranked opponents. As disheartening as that might be, it’s crucial to remember the important truth of the matter, to keep things in perspective.

The Belichick Look

One team that no one should be overlooking at this point is the Clemson Tigers- In consecutive weeks, they’ve beaten a Florida State team who took Oklahoma to the wire and yesterday made an undefeated Virginia Tech look sloppy. While you can argue that the ACC as a conference is not the strongest in the country, something has gotten into Dabo Sweeny and his team is playing accordingly. Currently, they’re sitting at #8 in both polls, but with some  head to head matchups between the teams above them and only a game against South Carolina during the rest of the season, don’t be surprised if the Tigers aren’t in the national title conversation.

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Silver Bullet Points Gets B1G

Written September 28th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Weekly update from Coach Fickell’s press conference as well as notes from around the world of college football.

B1G Game, Big Ammo

Buckeye 411

  • Injury Update: No news today on Philly Brown or Nathan Williams; it’s speculated that Brown may be back sooner of the two. Coach made no comments on some of the other guys dinged up- (Melvin Fellows, etc.)
  • Fickell Speaks: In preparing for Michigan State, coach Fickell will be facing one of his mentors in former colleague and current Spartan Mark Dantonio.  When asked about this, he said-

Just the three years Coach Dantonio was here with him, probably the one guy that I stay most in contact with since he’s been gone. Just probably because we’re more similar people in general, family oriented guys, a lot of those kind of things. That’s very important for him, how you handle these situations, what’s really important, don’t forget about those kinds of things. We have a good relationship. If there’s one person I’ve talked to as much as anybody, it would be him.

I’ve said before, if I was playing my brother, I’d want to beat him as bad as I want to beat anybody. I don’t think that changes or factors into it.

  • Captain, My Captain: This weeks’ “Leader-go-round” lands on Nate Ebner (his second tour of duty), Nate Oliver, and Jordan Hall.  First time in Buckeye History that there’ve been two “Nates” as captains. Read More

Cowboy Up….uh…. “Over”

Written June 10th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Looks like Mike Gundy will get to “be a man!!!” on the beaches of the west coast, as rumors are now swirling regarding T. Boone Pickens University (Oklahoma State, if you’re new to tBBC) will be making the move to the Pac-10 along with Colorado.

First spotted on TMZ, (I know…), it’s been linked on Blomberg Business Week as well, with the following quote from an Oklahoma State representative-

OSU spokesman Kevin Klintworth wouldn’t confirm the report. “Nothing to announce,” he said in an e-mail. “We will have a statement from the president later today, but not a confirmation.”

If true, the two largest boosters in college sports will be in the Pac-10, with the aforementioned T. Boone joining Phil Knight in a “let’s see who can buy our school out of obscurity” contest.

The landscape of college football is changing by the minute- although, I’m pretty certain that the Pac-10 is working to ensure that their news takes attention off of things at Southern Cal.

UPDATE: Things are getting interesting in the Lone Star state. Just sayin’.