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Anyway, despite its impressive pedigree, the SEC has produced only two BCS Championship Game participants in the last eight years. By contrast, the Big 12 has sent five teams to the BCS interpretation of the final dance in that time frame.
Truthfully, IMO the writer's point is the SEC should be working towards a real playoff rather than the status quo based on their "image" of being most powerful, and appearing to get the shaft in appearing in these MNC games. Of course this is due to their abysmal "out of conference" scheduling which leads to a most dishonest high rating in the biased polls where apparently it is just wins not whom you play!!
If change in college athletics is like pulling teeth, you'd want Bernie Machen to be your dentist.Florida's president -- and dental surgeon (doctorate from St. Louis University) -- wants to move quickly when it comes to a football playoff. Machen moved the discussion to a new level recently, convincing SEC presidents to discuss a playoff at their next conference meeting in June.When CBS SportsLine.com sat down with him before Florida's second straight basketball national championship, Machen was more than revealing. The reason he is pushing his agenda is that Fox, he said, is pushing to extend its current BCS contract beyond 2010. Machen sees that as an extension of a flawed system."Which would just kill it (a playoff)," Machen said. "I made the pitch that if you're ever going to think about it, now is the time to think about it."The structure of the playoff is merely a "detail." It's more important for him to work on the nation's presidents to go away from the BCS. Machen has a meeting set up on the subject with an upper echelon NCAA official who he won't name. Maybe more surprising is that Machen says that Walt Harrison "is totally with me." Who is Walt Harrison? Only the chairman of the NCAA Executive Committee.The core idea: Set up a corporation that would run the playoff -- separate from the NCAA and the BCS commissioners."I've gotten a lot of inquiries from the non-BCS types and a few BCS types wanting to know what the hell are you doing this for?" Machen said. "Florida is creaming it why don't you just shut up?"
NOKIA SUGAR BOWL - LSU vs. OklahomaAndis Kaulins called it for Oklahoma 45-21 Stewart Mandel called it for Oklahoma 28-17 The favored Sooners were pasted 21-14 by LSU finishing off a dismal performance by the Big 12 in bowl games. What was once the proud and strongest football conference in America has apparently had a reverse in football fortunes as 6 teams in the Big 12 - Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Kansas - lost in bowl games. Only the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Texas Tech managed to come out on top. In any case, Oklahoma sure fooled us. What had been touted as one of the best teams of all time turned out to be not even one of the best teams of the year, as OU managed only 12 first downs against a tenacious LSU defense and was limited to 154 yards total rushing and passing. Heisman Trophy winner Jason White completed only 13 of 37 passes for 102 yards for no touchdowns and two interceptions - absolutely disastrous statistics - the Heisman this year clearly went to the wrong player.
Of all the national champions since Florida State won in 1993 (remember that only the BCS champions count in our new worldâ€¦sorry USC of 2003), only three finished with a loss. Take a wild stab at which league produced those three; yes, the SEC (1995 Florida, 2003 LSU, and 2006 Florida). You can understand why Auburn fans are still angry after their unbeaten team got left out in the cold in 2004. The SEC has proven time and again that when given the chance, it shines through on the highest stage. But really, how good is the SEC? To feed the ego a little more, the league has gone 7-1 in the BCS since 2001, with two national titles, and the lone blemish was Georgiaâ€™s 38-35 upset loss to West Virginia in the 2006 Sugar Bowl. In that same time span, the Big Ten went 4-6 (with Ohio State winning three of those), the Big 12 went 3-6, and the ACC was 0-6. Remember, it took USC losing to UCLA and a sizable portion of the voters to go against Michigan just to get Florida in the championship game. Maybe itâ€™s time to start weighing the strength of schedule more when it comes to the SEC, and to realize that a one-loss team here could be the equivalent of an unbeaten team from another conference. That might especially be the case this season.