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IF Ohio State were eligible...70-something percent voted this way?
Can you say "Alabama fatigue"?
1960 Les Paul
Honestly I think they're right. Ohio State would probably be #1. That's just the reality of the BCS: going undefeated trumps all. However, it's a big assumption that Ohio State would actually be 12-0.
EDIT: I really don't care about getting DVed but I do want to say this: holy crap some of you people are pathetic. How dare I suggest we won't win every NC for the next 20 years? DV away, just commenting on the homerism around here.
This post was edited by macamatic 16 months ago
But really... What difference does that poll make... NONE!! We are in!
Stars align for winners. I'm thankful for Baylor, Stanford, and Jim Tressel.
No, I don't think so, with the SEC as dominant as we are, and as weak as the Big 10 is...but thank goodness we don't have to worry about it!!
Either way, I think you and Verne are both overthinking it. Ohio State and Notre Dame are undefeated; Alabama isn't. That's why people voted that way. It has nothing to do with conferences.
I agree. I don't think it should be that way, but I'm biased for Alabama and SEC play. However, this would simply be another year where the SEC beat itself out of the title game like it did for many years prior to the "streak years".
This post was edited by strider696 16 months ago
"Nobility is not a birth-right; it is defined by one's actions"
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
OSU had several close games. Who's to say they would have remained undefeated if they were eligible? We saw several teams choke under the late season bright lights.
I'm sure Commish Delany would want OSU to stay home since they didn't win their Conference Championship.
I guess they can still dream what could've been.
Ohio State should have thought about the BCS before they decided to cheat.
There is almost no chance we'd be above an undefeated, non probationary Ohio State in the BCS.
That being said, OSU wouldn't be undefeated if they actually had a target on their back this season (like we do every game)
This post was edited by Generalleeiv 16 months ago
Not so sure about that. AP has Ohio St. #3 behind Bama. Human polls account for 2/3 of the formula. Assuming Coaches and Harris polls had Ohio State #3 as well, Bama could still very well be in title game.
If I had voted, I would have voted Bama too. OSU and ND are undefeated, Bama isn't; simple as that.
What if Louisville stayed undefeated?The Big Ten was no better than the Big East this year.
What about Kent St? Northern Illinois?
Brad Edwards said earlier that most computers had OSU ranked very low and they would end up #3 in the BCS, if they had gotten #2 in the polls, even if they were undefeated. But IMO, OSU would have been voted #1 and Notre Dame #2 and we would've probably been left out.
OSU would have had to play the Corn Huskers in the B1G Championship also correct? SO even though the Badgers hung like 70 on the Corn Huskers then maybe the Huskers could have took down OSU......Oh nevermind who am I kidding the Huskers would have layed down for OSU also..
Big 10 was 19-32 against teams ranked #11-#40
Big East was 2-9
Ifs & buts & candy & nuts & such & so on. Their biggest win in a highly overrated conference was against a 5 loss Wisconsin team.
OSU annihilated Nebraska in the regular season. It was at least as bad as the conference championship.
I firmly believe that OSU would be ranked #1 if they were eligible. Probably drop to #2 in the BCS because the Big 10 is garbage but I think the SEC would have cannibalized itself with us at #3. Remember, people thought conference championship games were a bad idea for that very reason, which is why Langham's pick-six to preserve our undefeated season was "the play that changed college football". The playoff should make this mostly a non-issue.
All that being said, I don't think OSU would be 12-0 if they had self-imposed a ban last year and were under pressure all this year. USC was 10-2 when ineligible and fell to 7-5 with the target on their backs. And without "tattoogate", Tressel would still be the coach, so forget about that.
There's absolutely no way of knowing how the they would have handled the pressure. Kansas State at Baylor and Oklahoma Sate at Iowa State last year are perfect examples of just how tough it is.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
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