COMMUNITY JOURNALISM: College football ramblings
Seth Ohloff, 29, is a graduate of Postville High School and Iowa State University, working on obtaining a Masters in Guidance Counseling.
By Seth Ohloff, community contributor
College football greatest travesty in 2012?
Let me introduce you to Alabama.
Did you know Alabama only played six regular season games against teams that finished with at least a .500 record?
Notre Dame played 10, Kansas State nine and Oregon played eight, as did this year’s best SEC team, Florida.
Did you know only one of those games — against LSU — was a road game? Notre Dame won at Michigan State, Oklahoma and USC. Kansas State won at Oklahoma, Iowa State, West Virginia and TCU. Oregon went to Arizona State, USC and Oregon State and Florida won at Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Florida State.
The other five winning teams on Alabama’s schedule? Texas A&M, Michigan, Western Kentucky, Mississippi and Mississippi State.
It’s been said the SEC has to face the toughest competition week to week, but did you know the Big 12 is sending nine teams to a bowl game this year? The SEC also has nine teams with enough wins to play in a bowl, but there are 14 teams in that conference — and only 10 in the Big 12.
What makes that really interesting is the Big 12 plays a nine-game conference schedule — meaning every team plays each other. The SEC only plays an eight-game conference schedule.
Alabama didn’t play Florida, South Carolina, Georgia or even Vanderbilt during the regular season.
What about Boise State? Like Alabama, Boise State tends to dominate most of its opponents. In 2010, Boise State started the year by beating Virginia Tech — the ACC champion. It also beat Oregon State.
It, however, ended up playing only five teams with a record of .500, or better. And when Boise visited Nevada and went home with a loss, it got left out of a BCS game.
OK, that’s one less game against winning teams and losing at Nevada is not the same as losing to Texas A&M, but Noise also went 11-1 last year. It went 7-1 against the eight teams that would finish the regular season .500 or better.
It started the year by beating the SEC runner-up (Georgia) in Athens, but, because it lost to TCU, it was, once again, left out of a BCS bowl.
Alabama started the year by beating Michigan, which isn’t among the top three in the Big Ten. The Crimson Tide didn’t really play anyone until they beat LSU. Yet, not only is Alabama going to be in a BCS bowl (technically they have to because they won a BCS conference), but it is ranked No. 2?
Why is it that losing to Texas A&M didn’t knock them further down the polls? If Boise State never got a “free pass” based on its conference schedule, why is Alabama getting one?
What are Alabama’s quality wins? Arkansas? It got beat by Louisiana-Monroe. Mississippi? Texas rolled up 66 points on the Rebels. Missouri? The Tigers couldn’t even beat Syracuse, at home (even Minnesota did that.). Tennessee? The Volunteers couldn’t beat Missouri, at home. Auburn? Ever heard of Gene Chizek? He doesn’t coach there anymore.
Mississippi State? Am I really supposed to believe the Bulldogs are that good when all they did was beat teams already mentioned?
Maybe Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky and Wofford are the teams bolstering this schedule.
And now, after beating Georgia, Alabama has locked up a chance to play Notre Dame in the national championship because the people who are voting refuse to look at the facts.
I’m not trying to say Alabama isn’t good. The truth is, it is good, one of the best teams in the nation this year. And the Crimson Tide might beat Notre Dame and win the national championship.
All I’m trying to say is, Alabama doesn’t deserve to be there.
Too bad for Florida. No one cares it only lost one game on a conference schedule that included playing five of the top seven teams.
Too bad for Kansas State. No one cares it actually played against tough competition every week.
Too bad for Oregon. No one cares its only loss was in overtime to a team ranked higher than the team that beat Alabama.
And, too bad for Ohio State. That will teach you to never get tattoos again.
But, really, too bad America.Want to join our community team? Contact J.R. Ogden at firstname.lastname@example.org