Oregon is a great offensive team, but--as last year's Rose Bowl showed--a strong defense can stymie them. And their defense is bad enough to cost them a game before the season is over.
Alabama has some weaknesses but they are easily the best team in the country. I think there are several teams that could beat them given the right circumstances, but they are the clear favorite against anybody in that BCS Championship Game.
It wouldn't surprise me to see Ohio State stumble somewhere before the end of the year, but if they go unbeaten they will be deserving of their spot in the title game. The way people interpret the results of the possible matchup between Ohio State and Alabama will be unfortunate, because it has nothing to do with this being Ohio State team being weak and overrated; Alabama is just that much better...
Don't make snap judgments based upon one game performance. While Oregon may have looked like world beaters OSU beat Miami up and down the field a couple of weeks ago. One poor performance (against Illinois) doesn't all of a sudden make OSU a poor team. Just the same with Boise St. That win against Virginia Tech was a statement until Virginia Tech lost to Dolly Madison.
As for Alabama they are a good football team. They are a solid all around team with no apparent glaring weakness. I don't really want to nominate them team of the decade after they beat a pretty lackluster Florida team. As much as the SEC gets pimped throughout college football they appear to have one dominant team and then a couple of good teams. Right now I think the championship game should/will come from one of these teams.
I don't buy Boise St. nor do I think they are deserving of playing in the national championship game. If Stanford goes out and beats Oregon State is it a program defining win? Or is it just another Saturday in the Pac 10?
Alabama is as good as it gets in college football. It's going to be hard for anyone to beat them. They play at South Carolina this week and play Auburn at the end of the season. That's about the only teams that can keep it close and have a shot at beating them.
Ohio State and Alabama should be on a collision course for the BCS Championship game. Ohio State may be the only team left that could give them a good game. Maybe Nebraska or Oklahoma is that mix too. Oregon's defense isn't that good and that will get them beat somewhere along the way. Both Tennessee and Stanford jumped on them in them in the 1st half but neither of those teams have a very good defense. I think Alabama or Ohio State could figure out something to stop them. I think someone in the Pac-10 will before the season is over.
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I think OSU gets beat in Iowa this year.
The Pac10 is as deep as it's been....well, probably ever. Oregon will have their work cut out trying to get through that gauntlet.
But yeah, whoever makes it....Alabama looks to be the clear cut favorite. They have the talent, swagger and poise that only come along once every 10 years or so.
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I also think it makes sense to be honest to a guy who is a sophomore and is the 4th string running back, and there are going to be two or three freshman who come in and will likely move ahead of him. If you're honest about what the expectations should be if he stays than there's no problem "encouraging" a player to transfer somewhere where he can get more playing time.
One thing different about say Alabama than Georgia Tech(who the website brings up) a player may choose to stay at GTech because of its excellent academic reputation, whereas if they transfer from Alabama it may not be as detrimental. For this reason, I'm guessing Vanderbilt and Northwestern have a hard time encouraging people to transfer for more playing time. "Um yeah thanks coach, I think I'll stay and get my $40,000 worth of education for the next two years."
South Carolina is beating Alabama 35-21 with 7 minutes left
To back up what I said about the rushing South Carolina has really shut down the 2 main backs from Alabama. Ingram has been held to 41 yards rushing and Richardson 23 yards rushing.
That is it. South Carolina beat Alabama 35-21. Ohio State will be the new number 1 team.
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