Sunday, December 02, 2007

It's "Official" - Ohio State Plays LSU in BCS Title Game

The "official" BCS announcements have been made, and the Ohio State Buckeyes will be taking on the "undefeated in regulation" LSU Tigers for the National Championship.*

This is the 2nd year in a row that the Buckeyes have gone to the Title Game, and the 3rd time since 2002, the year they last won the National Championship.

Taking Ohio State's place in the Rose Bowl against the formidable USC Trojans will be the team that handed the Buckeyes their only loss of the season, the University of Illinois Illini. Congratulations to Coach Ron Zook who has done an outstanding job of rebuilding Illinois' football program (and who, prior to being fired from the job, recruited much of the Florida Gators' team that won the National Championship last year under Coach Urban Meyer).

My Virginia Cavaliers, who had a solid 9-3 season, will be playing a team from my home state - the Texas Tech Red Raiders - in the Gator Bowl. Wahoo-Wa!

* Expect to hear much from SEC fans about how the number of upcoming Bowl games featuring match-ups between SEC and Big 10 teams, especially the BCS Title Game, will be a referendum on the relative quality of play between the two conferences. I really don't care about such matters. But for some reason - maybe it's the influence of NASCAR, or something, where fans root for the make of a car - fans of SEC teams are almost as chauvinistic about their conference as they are about their respective teams.

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At 12/03/2007 10:04 AM, Blogger chelsea said...

Jay, I love you and am a devoted fan of your blog, but I gotta tell you, as a second generation Florida Gator (both parents graduated from U of F) - having grown up watching and loving SEC football - we're not all as stubborn and chauvinistic as you say and we're not that bad once you get to know us :-)

At 12/03/2007 10:27 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Thanks, Chelsea.

I have several good friends who are SEC fans. Most of what I write about their allegiance to conference is good-natured ribbing.

Everything except the part about the college football world revolving around the Southeastern United States.


At 12/03/2007 4:02 PM, Blogger Dale P. said...

Well, is the toughest conference. And until the B10/11 steps up and wins bowl games against SEC opponents, we're just going to have to live with it.

And I am certain Florida is going to eat Michigan's lunch in the Cap1 Bowl. Ugly, ugly, ugly.

At 12/04/2007 2:15 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Tigerbait (also known as Jay),

I've always thought that bowl games were considered the closest thing we have to determining the best conference. Aren't all traditional bowl games ways of setting up rivalries between conferences? Pac-10 and Big-10 in the Rose Bowl? Whoever win gets bragging rights. I think they even hand out a trophy to the conference with the best winning percentage. So sure, SEC fans (and Big 10 fans should too, if they think Ohio State has a chance of winning) will look at the Title game as a reference on the Big 10's strength to the SEC.


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