After several weeks of uncertainty at the top of the Bowl Championship Series rankings, its become crystal clear as to who deserves to play in the National Championship game in early January 2014, assuming all things stay equal. The country’s two best teams are the Florida State Seminoles and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Along with the Northern Illinois Huskies whose lack of schedule strength will always keep them from being a part of the picture, the Seminoles and Buckeyes are the country’s only remaining undefeated teams, and being undefeated simply cannot be argued against, no matter how hard some SEC teams may try in the coming weeks.
This pure, unassailable fact, however, won’t prevent the rhetoric from coming to the forefront. In fact, it’s already happening. In an interview with USA Today, Auburn Tigers athletic director Jay Jacobs laid out his case for a one-loss SEC team playing in the National Championship with things as is, regardless of the two undefeated teams at the top of the pack:
An SEC team can’t get left out of the [BCS title game] with one loss. We just beat the No. 1 team in the nation … And a one-loss SEC team that wins in Atlanta — if it’s us or Missouri — you can’t get left out of the BCS after you beat the No. 1 team. We have a better argument because we beat the No. 1 team.
It’s already happened in 2004, and it would be a disservice to the nation if we got left out.
Obviously, using the phrase, “disservice to the nation” is absurd and a vast overstatement, but it’s far from surprising to see Jay Jacobs’ attitude. After all, one-loss teams on the fringes of college football’s biggest game have always done their best to make a case as to why they deserve a greater level of attention. Regardless, if Florida State takes care of the Duke Blue Devils in the ACC Championship Game and Ohio State does the same against the Michigan State Spartans in the Big 10 Championship Game, neither team can be left out of the battle for the crystal trophy.
It just won’t happen. Undefeated is undefeated.
Both programs truly do control their own BCS destiny.
Guys like Jay Jacobs would be best served to just stay quiet and let things run their course. If there is a slip-up at the top of the heap, then, the team with the least blabber in the airwaves may just get handed an unexpected surprise.
It’s possible, but given how Urban Meyer’s squad and Jimbo Fisher’s squad have looked this season, I certainly wouldn’t count on it.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer, Business Analyst and College Content Coordinator for Rant Sports.