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Washington’s Upset Of Stanford Good For The SEC

Last night, the Washington Huskies knocked off unbeaten, #8 Stanford 17-13 in Seattle.  That’s good for the SEC for two reasons.  (And we’ll keep this short and sweet.)

First, the Big Ten is already out of the BCS Championship picture and the Pac-12 is closely following in Jim Delany’s league’s footsteps.  Stanford upset everyone’s preseason favorite Southern Cal two weeks ago.  Now the Cardinal have fallen, too.  Could a one-loss Pac-12 team reach the BCS title game?  Possibly, but it’s unlikely.  Which means the league’s main hope of reaching rarefied air is Oregon.  If the Ducks quack their way through the season unbeaten, they’ll likely face — barring several unexpected collapses — the champion of the SEC in Miami for the crown.  But if Oregon loses, it could be curtains for two of the nation’s remaining “big five” conferences.

Second, LSU’s strength of schedule just got a boost in the computer rankings and in voters’ minds.  Back on September 8th, the same team that toppled Stanford last night ventured in Tiger Stadium and found out why they call it Death Valley.  Final Score: LSU 41, Washington 3.  There are currently four SEC teams (Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and South Carolina) ranked among the nation’s top six teams and Florida’s rising fast as well.  That means there’s still a chance — a better chance with the woes of the Big Ten and Pac-12 — for another SEC versus SEC national title tilt.  LSU took a bit of a hit in the public eye after last week’s two-point win over what looks to be an average at best Auburn squad.  Now the Tigers’ win over Washington should help to make up for that.

Bottom line: The more teams in other conferences upset one another, the more likely another SEC versus SEC BCS Championship Game becomes.  Whether people outside the South want one or not.

 


7 comments
ChaseTheTrainWarren
ChaseTheTrainWarren

I'm keeping my eye on Notre Dame, i see them being the haters next great hope.

here is my worry if Oregon, Florida state and Notre Dame all go undefeated and some how South Carolina beat Alabama at the SECCG. will they still get the pass to go to the NC?

MoKelly1
MoKelly1

What do you think would happen for the BCS Championship game if Alabama went undefeated, LSU had one loss, Oregon had one loss and Florida State had one loss? Seems to me based soley on schedule, it would be Alabama v. LSU. However, given the SEC backlash/fatigue you have written about, voters may try had to make it Alabama v. Florida State or Oregon.

emoats85
emoats85

We're going to have teams beat each other as well. The upset no doubt helps the sec.  We also have several sec games that feature the teams mentioned above.  It's just a matter of when/how the sec teams in the top beat each other.

 

UGA/SCAR

UF/UGA

LSU/BAMA

LSU/SCAR

UF/LSU

UF/SCAR

SEC Championship

 

Who really knows....only time will tell...

 

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @emoats85 

 

Obviously, we realize that point.  But the SEC is the only league that's likely to have one unbeaten and one one-loss team AND the reputation among the computers and voters to land both of those teams in the BCS title game.

 

Losing to Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama or LSU -- as we stand here today -- won't be as big a rankings drain on a team as losing to a team like Washington that was clobbered by 38 points (by one of the aforementioned SEC squads).

 

Thanks for reading,

John

satchseven
satchseven

 @John at MrSEC  @emoats85

 i would like to see sec schools go to crap weather games up north in december seattle ,east lansing,lincoln.that is why sec fight a true playoff going on the road to those crap weather places against a good team may not be a good thing,kind of like nobody wants to go to green bay in jan .

satchseven
satchseven

 @John at MrSEC  @emoats85

 get a true playoff so 1 loss is not a excuse to put 2 SEC teams in national title game.look at college hoops early losses mean jack ,you still can win the title same thing in 1-AA football.funny southren schools do not dominate the 1-AA playoffs with crumbs and transfers from SEC schools. a 16 game playoff ,  i suspect would be the same the best teams winning the title not hype and espn bs putting teams from sec in title game.college football fans  would start to revolt against that mess

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