CollegeGameBalls is hosting the BlogPoll roundtable this week and with that, we're going to hop right in to the questions:
1. By now everyone has heard that if there is a three way tie in the Big 12 South the highest ranked team in the BCS will play in the Big 12 Championship Game. That means the humans (66% of the BCS Poll) will determine the Big 12 South representative. Let’s assume Oklahoma sinks the pirate ship at home next week. Try to sway the pollsters by arguing which team you think should face off against the Big 12 North.
Is that really how it's going to be determined? Wow. That is completely stupid. A coin flip or round robin tournament of paper football among the head coaches would be more fair than that. I understand that the national picture has to somewhat be determined by the voters, but there should be a mechanism in place to break a tie in a six team division by what happened on the field. I would suggest using something similar to goal differential in soccer to break the tie. I wouldn't do it based on their entire schedule seeing as Texas Tech decided to go cojones out and schedule two 1-AA schools this year (Eastern Washington and Massachusetts.) (No, I'm not saying Texas Tech isn't awesome, I'm just saying they went a bit soft on the out of conference scheduling this year.) I would take the total points scored and subtract the total points allowed among those three teams in the games they played against each other and use the greatest difference to determine the winner. If there was still a tie, it'd 99.999999999% be guaranteed to be a two way tie and then you could use the head to head to determine the winner. Another alternative could be to use the differential of all of their games in the Big 12 South.
2. ESPN is aggressively bidding on the rights to the BCS when Fox’s contract expires after the 2009 season. My half baked theory is if they do win the rights they will push for a +1 system. Lucrative television deals have landed ESPN in bed with each of the BCS conferences. The revenue a playoff would generate could be a huge motivator for the four letter to be the common denominator and unifier among the conferences that finally helps them all to see the light of why a playoff would be good for college football. Help expand upon or debunk this theory.
ESPN has a lot of influence, but I don't think they have THAT much influence just yet. The Rose Bowl still has a separate TV deal and these conferences all have enough disdain for each other that it'd be insanely difficult to make something they could all agree on that would be so radically different. from the system already in place. Maybe it'll happen, but I think it'll be a long time before we see anything like it instituted.
3. Rivalry week is around the corner. How do you think your team will fare? Feel free to talk a little or a lot of trash.
If we don't break Auburn's six game win streak against us this year I just might have to seek counseling. Auburn is 5-6 with wins over Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Tennessee-Martin. Of those five schools, only Tennessee-Martin has a winning record and they aren't even D-1 (I refuse to use those stupid new names for the various divisions.) I don't think it's going to be a walk in the park though because most of their losses have been close (the average margin of loss being less than a TD...and it's less than five points if you only count conference games.) I'm not counting it as money in the bank for sure, but an 11-0 team should surely be up to the task of beating them.
4. And now for a little fun… Assemble your dream announcing team. Pick a play-by-play announcer, color commentator, sideline reporter and for the hell of it celebrity guest that drops on by.
I'd have Stuart Scott calling the play-by-play with Don Imus as the color commentator (no pun intended.) I think I'd have to go with Jessica Simpson as a sideline reporter to complete the mega trainwreck trifecta. I don't find her attractive, I'd just be hoping for more "chicken of the sea" type comments. Celebrity guest? Have Ricky Gervais drop in, but playing the David Brent role to make things even more insanely uncomfortable than they already would be....
Truthfully though, I'd like to see Eli Gold and The Snake re-united. That's my favorite team ever. I think the guest in the booth would have to be Joe Willie. I guess for Joe's sake, we could have Suzy Kolber on the sideline.