|Updated: 12/13/2011 6:25 pm
||Published: 12/06/2011 9:26 pm
After learning of his program's BCS title snub, Mike Gundy made an open challenge that shockingly (at least to me) went somewhat under the radar.
He challenged Nick Saban's #2 ranked Crimson Tide to a scrimmage sometime before the Fiesta Bowl and the National Championship game.
The venue? Gundy glanced at a reporter and said "Someone google halfway between here and Tuscaloosa."
My best guess would be to find a stadium around the Little Rock area, but spending all evening on Google maps wasn't the purpose of this entry.
Will it happen? In a couple of words...unfortunately no. Tulsa has a better chance of becoming a smoke-free city. (remind me to tell you about the guy I meet at QT the other day who was smoking a cigarette while pumping gas, I've never laughed and been scared for my life at the same time before.)
Teams are dead set on getting rest before bowl season and God only knows what kind of hurdles would have to be cleared with the NCAA to actually get a scrimmage of that magnitude off the ground.
How many headaches would the "Plus-one" system have alleviated this year? For those of you unfamiliar, it's a playoff between the top four teams in the BCS before the bowls (LSU would play Stanford, OSU and Alabama would hook up). The Big 12 AD's just took a vote, and they're all for it. They weren't in 2008 when it was first proposed, but when you take one close to the chest (OSU's snub) then even the most stubborn minds can change.
Doesn't seem that difficult to pull off, sandwich it right in between the conference championships and the title game.
Most likely the average sports fan feels that LSU beats Stanford and Alabama has their way with OSU. But then who's whining about the LSU-Bama rematch for the title? And think of the ratings those two playoff games would bring in.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but those are two very intriguing, dare I say sexy matchups. Matchups we don't get to see because of how much stock the BCS puts into human voters. Voters who probably don't watch every team's game....Voters who maybe don't think about how garbage time statistics affects a teams overall offensive or defensive rankings....
Then down the road, depending on the emergence of super sized conferences, slowly expand until you're including the entire top ten...maybe top 12.
This blog seems like it comes from a really angry place and for that I'm sorry. So while I brew some camomile tea to calm down, think about how effective such a simple change would be.