Big games shook up the BCS and college hockey this week, prompting questions from the readers, but one annoyed frequenter of the site first has a serious question he wants answered.
West Springfield, MA rages: Why the (expletive) do I have to watch Notre Dame on Saturday? We have basic cable, so I only get the network channels and I know to avoid NBC on Saturdays, but then they’re on CBS this week, playing a team that nobody cares about. Why does a team that hasn’t won ANYTHING as long as I’ve been alive keep getting so much play?
Well, my friend, you’re not going to like my answer, but here it is. I’m going to throw out a number: 75,614. That’s the number of people that packed the Meadowlands to see this game. Notre Dame still matters to a lot of people in this country. There are very few 4-3 teams that could pack that stadium. Notre Dame is one of them. You may not like it, but that’s the way it is. And if you don’t care about Navy, then you don’t care that much about football. Over the past decade, Navy has been one of the most consistently underrated football teams in the country. They have been to seven-consecutive bowl games, have won three of them and two of the games they lost were by less than a field goal. While not quite as rich as the Army-Navy game, the game that was played Saturday was one of the oldest rivalries in college sports. As for why it was on CBS, the network has a contract with Navy and broadcasts Navy’s home games against Notre Dame, which always fall on even-numbered years.
Fairfield, CT wonders: When will Oregon get some respect from the computers? First Oklahoma is way ahead of them in the BCS rankings at number one, then Auburn takes the top spot away from them. What’s up with this? Everyone else can see that they’re the best team in football.
Right now Oregon is in line to be in the national title game, so what does it matter if they’re No. 1 or No. 2? That said, it probably has a lot to do with their schedule and perhaps for good reason. Outside of Stanford, it’s been pretty weak, whereas Auburn has now beaten three ranked teams in its last five games. Oregon has been laying a whooping on teams, as they should. So has Boise State and people are clamoring that that should mean something. But remember, it was the coaches that rallied to get margin of victory removed from the formula. There’s still a lot of football to be played and a win over USC would be very valuable to Oregon. It’s also very possible that all of this conversation will be moot because Aurburn plays Alabama, maybe the best one-loss team in the nation, in the final game of their regular-season schedule. We shall see.
Boston, MA wants to know: Sure, BC (hockey) lost to Notre Dame (Sunday) night, but is that really going to be enough to drop them out of the No. 1 spot?
It probably will, but I don’t think they’ll be out of it for long. That said, for right now, I think you’d have to say Miami has a right to it. Miami is not undefeated, though the argument can be made that they have played a tougher schedule. Miami split a series with UNH, a top-10 team, beat and tied another ranked team in St. Cloud State and just brutalized Northern Michigan this weekend. So there’s at least an argument to be made. Boston College hasn’t exactly been playing slouches. They won a conference game in the first game of the season and took two from Denver before losing a one-goal decision to Notre Dame. It also should be noted that they haven’t played a home game yet. So arguments could be made in either direction, but I think the quality of Miami’s opponents on their way to a similar record to BC puts them just a tad above them.
Springfield, Ma says: I think today’s game showed just how much the Patriots need a guy like Randy Moss. What do you think?
I think every team would love to have a guy like Randy Moss. And yes, Randy Moss may have helped. I don’t think there are many rational thinkers out there who think this team is better without him. However, give San Diego their props. The Chargers came into the game as the top statistical pass defense in football and they left the game that way. Sure, they haven’t played a team with a good quarterback AND dynamic receiver and that could have made a difference, but then again, maybe it wouldn’t have. It’s time to get over Randy Moss, folks. He’s gone.