Back Nine: Fun to see BCS taken to task

Published: Monday, December 5, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.

The Back Nine comes at you after a nice weekend in Atlanta that included the best atmosphere in football, the Christmas parade in Atlanta and a great Irish pub called Meehan's. Can you believe how fast this year has gone by?

10. So I'm as conflicted as a lot of people about the national title game. On the one hand, it's pretty cool that the SEC is assured of having its sixth straight national title. (The most popular joke over the next five weeks will be — “Hey, did you hear how the BCS figured out how to make an SEC team lose the BCS title game? Play another SEC team. Bwaaa-ha!) On the other hand, I would have preferred to see Oklahoma State vs. LSU simply from an aesthetic perspective.

But it is fun to sit back and watch so many people take the system and voters to task like 80 year old retired sports information director Georgia Wine who voted Houston fifth and Oklahoma State sixth and admitted, “I probably don't do as much research.” News bulletin — the BCS is flawed, unfair and corrupt. Nick Saban voted Okie State behind Stanford. I'm surprised he didn't leave the Cowboys off his ballot. It's a ridiculous system, but it is not the lack of a playoff or even a plus-one that is the egregious issue. It's the voting. It's a joke. All coaches have agendas. You don't think Gary Pinkel putting Oklahoma State fourth had anything to do with Missouri leaving the Big 12? I've said it before and I'll say it again — if we're going to have No. 1 vs. No. 2 get a committee of smart, objective football people into a room and use the computers the way the basketball people use RPI. But that makes too much sense.

11. On Sunday night, I posted my tentative Heisman Trophy ballot on Twitter and heard from a lot of fans. Some of them made sense. Some of them were just rude. That's Twitter for you. A couple of Alabama fans made me re-think Trent Richardson. I had him fourth, which is as good as being 44th. I did some more research, slept on it and my submitted Heisman ballot looks like this — 1. Robert Griffin III; 2. Tyrann Mathieu; 3. Trent Richardson. I just feel like Griffin was the best player in college football. I know many will eliminate the Honey Badger from consideration, but he made the most important plays in college football this season. There were six guys you could legitimately vote for and, like 2008, there is no wrong ballot. Just differences of opinion. I wonder who Tim Tebow voted for?

12. This is how big an affect Timmy has had at my house. My wife and daughter had to go somewhere Sunday, but Karen taped the game. Let me repeat that — she taped an NFL game. She doesn't even watch the Super Bowl. I have some advice for the anti-Tebites — just sit back and enjoy. We're having more fun than you are.

13. Because I have Aaron Rodgers on my fantasy team and because my buddy Nick Gilliam is a huge Packers fan and because I think it's cool when a team is unbeaten this late in the season, I have been rooting hard for Green Bay. Despite the fact there was some curse on receivers wearing “G” on their helmets this weekend, Rodgers had the Packers in position to win with under a minute to go. And then, as he took the field, you saw that grin and that look in his eyes and you knew the game was over. It took him two plays to get into field-goal position. And Green Bay is now 12-0. I'm thinking about buying a cheesehead.

14. So we know what the bowl lineup is and as we reported last week it's Florida-Ohio State in the Gator Bowl. Plenty of intrigue there. Not. It's not like Urban Meyer is going to be coaching the Buckeyes in the game. I have a feeling he'll be out of the spotlight. The Urban Bowl features two 6-6 teams who both had losing conference records and have the 88th and 116th ranked passing attacks in the country. The brands are among the nation's best, but I have a feeling we're in for a snoozer in Jacksonville. The Back Nine will be curious how many Gator fans will want to dish out $65 for a team that has been hard to watch all season. And speaking of the bowl lineup, how do you think an FSU fan would have felt before the season if you told him or her it would end up in the Champs Sports Bowl?

15. OK, so Tiger Woods is back, right? Well, he won an unofficial tournament with an 18-man field. But making birdies on the last two holes is a start. I'll let you know when he's back, but he jumped in front of Rory McIlroy as the favorite for The Masters in April.

16. Florida's basketball team certainly has battled on the road in losses to Ohio State and Syracuse and that's why they are still ranked as high as they are. But the Gators could really use a win over Arizona on Wednesday night. As Billy Donovan has said, it's great to play a tough schedule, but you need to win some of those big games.

17. Tweet of the Week goes to Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman — “If Oklahoma State was called ‘Oklahoma' we would not be having this discussion. Would be playing for title.” He has a point. It's worth thinking about.

18. The iPod got me through the dead zones on I-75 where there is no sports talk and the radio stations play nothing but Lady Gaga and country music. Try these downloads, if you dare — “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys, “Lost in My Mind” by The Head and The Heart and for the old-schoolers, “A Well Respected Man” by The Kinks.

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