I am getting great pleasure from watching Rutgers get shitcanned by a pedestrian Cincinnati squad. At least I won’t have to hear any more nonsense about how they did what they had to under the current rules and “deserve” a shot at Ohio State, which would kick them into next week. I mean, they barely beat UNC, and that might be their best non-conference win. Yes, Tarheel fans, that means Rutgers is better than NC State. But national title caliber? No way. Like Mel Kiper said on ESPN Radio this week, if Louisville, West Virginia, and Rutgers had to face the weekly grind of the SEC, they would have at least 2 or 3 losses. Game, set, match to Mel on that one. Want proof of the SEC’s grind? Ole Miss is up two scores at LSU!
Of course, the national topic du jour is – did Michigan earn a rematch? Remember, Vegas gives 3 points to account for home field advantage. Using that formula, Michigan proved to be Ohio State’s exact equal today. I would sure as hell like to watch those 2 play again. In my mind, only 3 teams have a possible argument to get in with 1 loss ahead of Michigan – USC, Florida, and Arkansas. To be fair, the PAC-10 is not the Big East (but not the SEC, either). And USC did beat Arkansas and Nebraska OOC (and would have to beat Notre Dame, too). That’s impressive. And the SEC is easily the best conference in football, making it hard to say that any 1-loss team should get in the title game ahead of a 1-loss SEC champion. I expect Arkansas to lose to LSU next week, but what about Florida? Still, neither SEC contender will have a marquee non-conference win. And shouldn’t that be rewarded? I think so.
Notre Dame shouldn’t even be in the conversation. A weaker Ohio State team played a roughly equivalent ND squad in a bowl last year – and smacked them around. Plus, this year Michigan took the Irish to the woodshed in South Bend. Nothing has happened since to indicate that ND is markedly better, or that UM is markedly worse.
Subjectively, I think Michigan deserves a shot. They are easily the 2nd best team I have seen play this year. Naturally, this is more proof why we need a playoff. How is it fair to deny Michigan a shot? Or USC or Florida, assuming they win out?
I really hate that the castrated turkeys beat Wake Forest tonight. It is now assured that BC or Wake will win the Atlantic title, pending the Wake/Maryland game next week.
Oh yeah, Chuck still must go.