Oregon has the hottest cheerleaders in the country and it’s not close.
I hope you’re all wrapping up the raucous celebrations that have surely persisted since Thursday’s big win* and are ready to look at the current state of the race for the national championship after the first week of games, especially pertaining to the crowning of the sixth SEC champion in a row, henceforth known as an SEC six-pack.
Most everyone in the top ten cruised to victories over cupcakes, but the marquee match ups that were both inexplicably slotted at 8 o’clock on ESPN and ABC by the Disney brain trust, featured top five teams in games that could decide their postseason destinations.
LSU 40 Oregon 27
This was basically a home game for #4 LSU and they used the added momentum of the insane crowd to absolutely demolish #3 Oregon. LSU did what they do best by sticking to their power running game and preventing Oregon from breaking any big plays thanks to ridiculous defensive speed. Now that Oregon has been embarrassed on a national stage by an SEC foe in their past two games, even going undefeated through the remainder of the season probably won’t net them a national title berth. LSU did a favor to every SEC team that finishes the year with one loss, because an undefeated Oregon team would be pretty much impossible to keep out of the national championship game. As for LSU, the only games they won’t be favored in for the rest of the season will be when they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Crimson Tide and when UK rolls into Death Valley*. Even a one loss LSU team that doesn’t win the SEC West might still have an outside shot at the national championship game. Something to keep our eyes on.
Boise State 35 Georgia 21
Dang #19 Georgia. All they had to do was win this game and #5 Boise State would have gone away. We wouldn’t have had to listen to all that annoying respect crap that has permeated the college football landscape since teams like Boise and TCU emerged as contenders. That being said, I was very impressed by the Broncos last night and I think that Kellen Moore is the best quarterback in college football. They played hard and beat a good SEC team, but I still don’t think they deserve a spot in the national championship game even if they win out, which is more than likely. They beat a good SEC team, but they didn’t beat a great SEC team. Georgia is the fifth best team in the SEC. They lost their top two running backs and their top two receivers, one of whom was A.J. Green, and three starters on the offensive line. Boise State’s win was impressive, but I don’t know if they deserve to play in the national title game because of it. However, if Boise State were to make the national title game and lose to a top tier SEC team, I guess there could be worse things in the world. My only fear is that an undefeated Boise State team and an undefeated Oklahoma team would beat out a one loss SEC team like UK*.
It’s an obvious fallacy of the BCS system that we could be talking about the effect of a week one game on the national title contest, but it’s an unfortunate truth. All the good that LSU did for an SEC six-pack might have been undone by Georgia’s loss to Boise State. Hopefully, an SEC team can go undefeated and we won’t have to worry about any of this though. My pick is UK^.
* – Sarcasm.
^ – No sarcasm*.