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Who’s the Best Team in College Football? October 14, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in College Football, Football, Sports.
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The question above isn’t so easy to answer with USC being upset by Stanford last week, and the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country being upset this week.

No. 1 ranked LSU found out that their running game can actually be stopped as they were upset by No. 17 Kentucky in triple overtime. LSU still had a chance to win it late in the game after a touchdown and a failed two point conversion  by Kentucky.  However, the Tigers couldn’t get a first down after attempting four straight running plays, and came up a yard short on 4th and 2. 

The California Golden Bears, ranked No. 2 in the nation, faced the Oregon State Beavers at home. The Bears were led by redshirt freshmen Kevin Riley who played fairly well, considering it was his first collegiate start. It was Riley however, who cost the Bears the game, as he attempted to run instead of throwing the ball away, which kept the the clock running and didn’t allow enough time for Cal to set up for the game tying field goal to send the game into overtime.

With some of the best college teams being upset by some of the most unlikely opponents,  this is has to be the hardest question to answer in sports…  Who is the best team in College Football?

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1. Party Girl - October 14, 2007

This sweetie wanted to wish the Ohio State Buckeyes good luck in all their games. Go Bucks!!

2. yorel47 - October 14, 2007

It hurts me to say it, but it has to be OSU, hands down.

3. Mr. Insider - October 14, 2007

CAL lost to a better team yesterday, and it does not matter if they might have won 90 out of 100 matchups. This one counted. Oregon State was strong and tough and never let up. Cal was inconsistent and had a rookie q-back who generated good stats, but pretty much lost the game for CAL with a few miscues and a bonehead judgement at the game’s end. CAL could have kicked a chip shot FG to tie the game at 31 with no time left, and moved it to OT if Kevin Riley had just ‘thrown the damn ball’ instead of eating it. Yeah, he is young with minimal snaps under his belt. Sure, he had good stats and is a nice articulate young man. Sure, CAL players, other than Riley could have stepped up their games. But, did not happen and Riley is ‘The Goat’ at the end of the day. Sorry, just the way it was.

So, now the BCS poll pops up. I agree with the football minds that say the BCS rewards “Inferior Leagues like the Big 10, at the expense of Strong Leagues like the Pac 10.”. So let’s see how our four top 20 teams fare in the first BCS Poll. I predict CAL will drop for #2 to #10, but who knows. Ohio State will be #1. Maybe it will stay there until it gets whacked AGAIN in the BCS national championship game by a really strong team. Big 10 is not a bad league. Great schools and great traditions…BUT Pac 10, SEC and probably ACC are stronger football leagues now and for the past few years overall.

OK, I am depressed by my Golden Bears shoddy play letting a rock tough Oregon State team beat them yesterday. But we move on. CAL can still make BCS and the Rose Bowl by winning out.

Go Bears!

My top 12 as of TODAY, but who know leter on?

1. LSU

2. Oklahoma

3. Ohio State

4. Boston College

5. South Florida

6. West Virginia

7. South Carolina

8. CAL

9. Oregon

10. USC

11. Virginia Tech

12. Arizona State

But, hey, my list is not better than anyone else’s. Keep ’em coming.

4. Mr. Insider - October 14, 2007

Ohio State is not in the Top Five by any objective measure. It plays in the weakest of the Top Conferences, and may be the worst team to ever make the National Championship Game with an undefeated record. The BCS and the BIG 10 have too much ‘familiarity’. The Pac 10, the Big 12 and the SEC are much stronger conferences. Hey, let’s check out SOME FACTS midseason.

HERE ARE SOME QUOTES FROM NATIONAL SPORTS WRITERS:

1.) Ohio State (7-0) might wind up No. 1, but the Buckeyes have beaten exactly no good teams. And due to their cupcake non-conference slate and the horrific state of the Big Ten, they won’t have to beat anyone really good to waltz into the BCS title game with an unblemished record.
The Bucks toughest game the rest of the way? Try Michigan. (Don’t laugh).

2.) If there was ever a year crying for a playoff, this is it, when just about everyone has already lost and the gap between teams playing strong schedules and weak ones is so pronounced.
Consider Ohio State, which considered this a rebuilding year. Its non-conference schedule consisted of Youngstown State, Akron, (last-place) Washington and Kent State. Not surprisingly, they won them all.
It’s not Ohio State’s fault that everyone else lost and the Buckeyes are now the likely No. 1. But it doesn’t change the fact that perhaps no team has ever reached the top of the polls this late in the season with a less impressive body of work.

3.) None of which means that an unbeaten champion of those leagues are better than a one or even two loss team from the SEC, Pac-10 or perhaps even Big 12.
If Michigan is Ohio State’s big challenge, what of the Wolverines 32-point loss to Oregon (not to mention Appalachian State)?

4.) The Buckeyes (7-0) beat Kent State 48-3 Saturday and have played only one team that’s been in the rankings at any point this season. In a season in which 10 ranked teams have been beaten by unranked teams, just avoiding the upset bug has been enough for Ohio State.

OK, I have made my point. The Buckeyes are an OK team. I would place them #6 or #7 if we measured quality wins, downgraded cupcake games and objectively rated the strength of their league. Youngstown, Kent State and Washington are three of their wins. I could put together a team of HNU Hawks and win 2 of those 3, with me coaching!

The the Buckeyes flop forward into the BCS #1 game, they will be trounced (again) by LSU, Oklahoma, South Florida, West Virginia, USC, CAL, Oregon or whomever is still standing when the final BCS poll come out. Heck, even Arizona State got one vote for #1 this week. Are we in a crazy season or what?

(<:) Title for Column: Beavers Put Bears Into Hibernation…

5. kidal25 - October 14, 2007

College football this year kinda reminds me of college basketball. It kinda seems like anyone can beat anyone. If Ohio State does make it to the championship game I think they will get creamed. The SEC is the reason why it’s hard to make the National Title Game every year. All the SEC schools have one or two losses so it’s automatic that they don’t get a national title bid. Put any top SEC school in any other conference and they will finish one, two, or three in the conference GUARANTEED. It’s sad but the Bucks have to be #1.

6. K.C. - October 14, 2007

Ranking at this time of year don’t mean much, but it is good water cooler conversation.Conventional wisdom would say “THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY” or Oklahoma should be # 1 but the college football purist who post on this site know that neither one of those teams could consistently beat teams in the Pac-10 or the mighty S.E.C. I am hoping that the National Champion will come out of the Pac-10 or S.E.C.(preferably the Pac-10, since I have a built in So-Cal bias) Ohio State, Oklahoma, Boston College,and Central Florida are all merely “paper champions” at this point. Not to diminish what these teams have done, but their records are deceiving. As for the upsets this weekend. I was’nt surprised by Oregon State beating Cal. O-State is a strong program,don’t forget they beat SC last year. Remember my mantra: “Any Given Saturday” In the Pac-10 shootout there will be a lot more surprises in the Pac-10 before the year is over. I thought Riley the the Q.B. for Cal played a good game,except for that mistake at the end. He threw some nice balls. He might give Coach Tedford something to think about when Longshore comes back,because Riley has something that Longshore does’nt and that’s mobility. Which is a priceless attribute these days for a college Q,B. I belive Cal will have bad Karma until they square their differences with the Tree People outside of their stadium(smile) Kentucky beating L.S.U. was kind of a surprise. Kentucky proved to me that they are a legit team. They have a good Q.B. Their coach Rich Brooks is an offensive guru with N.F.L. experience. He turned the University of Oregon around many years ago,and took them to the Rose Bowl. Now he’s turning Kentucky around.I knew he would I just didnt think he would do it so fast.

7. Mr. Insider - October 14, 2007

K.C. makes good points. Here are a few of mine.

Ohio State is not in the Top Five by any objective measure. It plays in the weakest of the Top Conferences, and may be the worst team to ever make the National Championship Game with an undefeated record. The BCS and the BIG 10 have too much ‘familiarity’. The Pac 10, the Big 12 and the SEC are much stronger conferences. Hey, let’s check out SOME FACTS midseason.

HERE ARE SOME QUOTES FROM NATIONAL SPORTS WRITERS:

1.) Ohio State (7-0) might wind up No. 1, but the Buckeyes have beaten exactly no good teams. And due to their cupcake non-conference slate and the horrific state of the Big Ten, they won’t have to beat anyone really good to waltz into the BCS title game with an unblemished record. The Bucks toughest game the rest of the way? Try Michigan. (Don’t laugh).

2.) If there was ever a year crying for a playoff, this is it, when just
about everyone has already lost and the gap between teams playing strong schedules and weak ones is so pronounced. Consider Ohio State, which considered this a rebuilding year. Its non-conference schedule consisted of Youngstown State, Akron, (last-place)
Washington and Kent State. Not surprisingly, they won them all.
It’s not Ohio State’s fault that everyone else lost and the Buckeyes are now the likely No. 1. But it doesn’t change the fact that perhaps no team has ever reached the top of the polls this late in the season with a less impressive body of work.

3.) None of which means that an unbeaten champion of those leagues are better than a one or even two loss team from the SEC, Pac-10 or perhaps even Big 12. If Michigan is Ohio State’s big challenge, what of the Wolverines 32-point loss to Oregon (not to mention Appalachian State)?

4.) The Buckeyes (7-0) beat Kent State 48-3 Saturday and have played only one team that’s been in the rankings at any point this season. In a season in which 10 ranked teams have been beaten by unranked teams, just avoiding the upset bug has been enough for Ohio State.

OK, I have made my point. The Buckeyes are an OK team. I would place them #7 or #8 if we measured quality wins, downgraded cupcake games and objectively rated the strength of their league. Youngstown, Kent State and Washington are three of their wins. I could put together a team of HNU Hawks and win 2 of those 3, with me coaching!

The the Buckeyes flop forward into the BCS #1 game, they will be trounced (again) by LSU, Oklahoma, South Florida, West Virginia, USC, CAL, Oregon or whomever is still standing when the final BCS poll come out. Heck, even Arizona State got one vote for #1 this week. Are we in a crazy season or what?

(<:) Title for Column: Beavers Put Bears Into Hibernation…

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9. pappy - November 17, 2007

PREDICTIONS………..LSU # 1, obvious I am a LSU fan! As for facts, they always have a tough SEC schedule, which they have done very well this year. But the season isn’t over for them, since they have two SEC teams who always play them tough on the road, despite their national recognition as quality teams. Just goes to show the toughness of the SEC. Plus, the SEC east and west winners always have to play in the SEC championship. This game never helps an SEC team, only hurts it. As for the National Championship, if LSU remains #1. I did believe Oregon would play LSU the toughest in the NC game this year, but, since they have recently been plagued with injuries, their hopes are over. Ohio St. would be a good matchup, despite their easy schedule this year, followed by Oklahoma and (God Forbid)Kansas


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