Joy of joys, our long national nightmare of watching only baseball and soccer ends tonight. Hopefully with some nice, medium-well Hole Schadenfreude. Yes, teams will be rusty, but there are at least theoretically interesting matchups, headlined by Georgia/Clemson and LSU/TCU. Hell, I’m even geeked to stay up late to watch Ole Miss and Vandy tonight.
Every football fan likes to complain about their team’s schedule. Cry Georgia a river – they open in Death Valley, then host the Clowney show in Week Two. Even if they go 2-for-2, they could easily get screwed in the nonsense BCS scheme’s last year. More below.
In my view, the most interesting theoretical exercise is who Alabama (roll damn Tide!) will beat in January’s BCS funeral. My belief in a just and merciful God requires me to fervently believe that someone, some week will beat Louisville and Ohio State, each of whom play an embarrassing schedule. I would select a 1-loss SEC team or Clemson for the title game over either. But we know that’s not how the absurd system works. So…trust in the just and merciful God to deliver us from those cowards getting rewarded.
One of my work colleagues made the most logical argument I’ve heard yet – Stanford. Under David Shaw, they are focused and relatively error-free every week. That makes total sense, especially since they get Chip Kelly-less Oregon at home this year. But this is more fun – imagine that Clemson and South Carolina each lose to Georgia, narrowly. Georgia loses one other game, but makes it to the SEC title clash on head-to-head. In the likely event that Alabama beats them (this also works if UGA enters the game undefeated, but gets beaten soundly by the Tide)…couldn’t the winner of the Clemson/South Carolina season ender be your #2? It could happen. I would enjoy that.
I also want to give a shout out to our goofy friends at the NCAA, for giving me the best laugh I’ve had all summer. Johnny Manziel is suspended…for one HALF…against RICE. Ooooh, that will teach them a lesson, making TAMU try out their backup QBs running with the 1s in a rout. Totally.
Let’s get the traffic back up and talk some general college football in the comments section. If the games get dull, you can talk about what you did this summer, etc.