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Thanks for the clarification, Groverat. I don't remember the Irish being eligible since the system was fully in place. If they're in the middle of the teams that are BCS-approved at the end of the season, It will be interesting to see what happens. I know money talks, though.

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post #202 of 493
For your edification.

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post #203 of 493
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Jeez, that gets complicated. :confused:

But bottom line for ND, if they win 9 games, they're in.
As long as they don't wuss out on their future schedules, that seems fair enough.

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post #204 of 493
It's funny how Miami fans completely ignore the fact that they beat FSU by one point and gave up a last minute field goal attempt. I'm not a V-Tech fan by any strtech of the imagination. But if Miami can lose to FSU, and they obviously could have, it was a matter of a few feet on a kick that Miami had nothing to do with, they can lose to V-Tech. Miami can't stop the run. That means OU, OSU, V-TECH any predominantly running team has a chance to beat them. having seen the game, between Miami and FSU, I can't believe they can handle any running team. FSU picked up almost 300 yards on the ground, They quite simply shredded them.
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Only problem is OSU can't stop the run either. <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> Just look at last week against Wisconsin.
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post #206 of 493
[quote]Originally posted by norfa:
<strong>It's funny how Miami fans completely ignore the fact that they beat FSU by one point and gave up a last minute field goal attempt. I'm not a V-Tech fan by any strtech of the imagination. But if Miami can lose to FSU, and they obviously could have, it was a matter of a few feet on a kick that Miami had nothing to do with, they can lose to V-Tech. Miami can't stop the run. That means OU, OSU, V-TECH any predominantly running team has a chance to beat them. having seen the game, between Miami and FSU, I can't believe they can handle any running team. FSU picked up almost 300 yards on the ground, They quite simply shredded them.</strong><hr></blockquote>

you've got to be careful here. fsu and v-tech are totally different animals for a defense to handle. fsu may have run the ball effectively, but it is there passing game or the threat of it that allowed them to do so. if miami would have committed to stopping the run, they would have been burned big time in the air with single coverage on the corners. v-tech is a bit more one dimensional on offense. they run the ball at you, then they run the ball at you some more. i'm not saying that they can't beat miami, but they'll need to balance out their offense and pose more of a passing threat down field to be able to make it happen. if miami can force an air game, then the contest is more than likely theirs.
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You're absolutely right. If you have heard anything that Coach Beamer has said, he has said exactly that. He stresses the fact that tech needs to work on their passing game, and its improving, slowly. It should be interesting to see how randall is doing by the time miami comes around. Do not forget that this is his first season starting.
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post #208 of 493
If VTech can develop a passing game then obviously that makes them a lot more dangerous. As it is now just put 8 in the box. Against teams like Miami who have super-athletes (same for FSU) at corner you might even be able to cheat with 9 in the box.

That's why Miami and FSU are always up there; they get the best athletes and while they may allow some numbers they have speed and power and they get wins.
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post #209 of 493
That site that you linked groverat is wrong on one count and outdated on another.

The outdated rule used to be that if you finished in the top four in the BCS then you got an at large bid; provided of course that there are not already two at large teams from among the other members of hte top four. If there are three or more out of the top 4 which are at large (not conference champs) then the BCS can pick from any among the top four. That website was correct on that, as the website refers to last year. However for this year the rule was change to apply to the top six rather than the top 4. As you may recall, this was an outgrowth from 1998 when no such rule existed at all. Kansas State finished #3 or #4 in the BCS at 11-1 after losing the Big 12 championship game to Texas AM and got shafted into the Alamo Bowl because as a tradional low profile team wiht a small TV base they are unattractive bowl team. Of course Kansas State did not help their cause by going out and getting punked by a Purdue team that was 7-5 or something like that. Anyway, then the rule was put into place for 99-01 with top four getting automatic at large bids and now this year it is top 6.

That website is just flat out wrong on the Notre Dame rule. They are misunderstanding a somewhat convuluted rule. The actual rule is that if any non BCS conference team finishes in the top 6 and thus receives an automatic bid, that Notre Dame in that case also receives an automatic bid should Notre Dame have at least 9 wins and be in the top 12. Let us suppose that Bowling Green, a non BCS conference team goes undefeated this year and finishes in the top 6 in the BCS [this won't happen in reality because even if they are undefeated they won't make the top 6 with their weak computer rankings]. In that case Bowling Green gets an automatic bid. However, lets say Notre Dame also finishes with 9+ wins and a top 12 BCS ranking which is pretty likely anyway in reality. In that case Bowling Green's automatic bid triggers an automatic bid for Notre Dame. Yes, honestly it really does. Now maybe just maybe no other teams finish in the top 6 except 5 conference champions and Bowling Green. In that fairly low probability case Bowling Green and Notre Dame get the two at large bids. On the other hand, lets say that there is another at large team in the top six, say a 1 loss Virginia Tech that loses to their conference champion Miami. Now Virginia Tech has an automatic at large, Bowling Green has an automatic at large, and Notre Dame by way of Bowling Green has their own at large. Now you have three automatics for the two at large berths. In that case the BCS again gets to choose which of the two it wants for its bowls, and which two it would chose is obvious.

If Bowling Green does not make the top 6, as will be the case in reality, Notre Dame does not get that non BCS team trigger and the standards are the same for them as for anyone else. This is where that guy's website gets it wrong. The Notre Dame rule only applies if a non BCS team is top 6, if no non BCS team is top 6 is will be the case this year, as it was in past years and probably will be in future years, then the Notre Dame rule is not invoked and their standards as the same as those for anyone else. As I read his site, it seemed he thought the rule applied to Notre Dame all the time without the prerquisite non BCS top 6 team which is in fact a requirement. So if say Texas and Virginia Tech finish top 6 and take up two at large bids then that is that and they cannot take Notre Dame over the other two. Same as any other team 7-12, they are out in cold.

If only Virginia Tech is top six then they can pick from the rest of the top 12 for the second team and if Notre Dame is in the top 12 and they get a chance to pick you can be certain that Notre Dame will be picked. This isn't a rule but there is only one small possible realistic way that they would ever not be picked if there is a slot and they are top 12 and that is if the Big Ten champ were going a national championship game and the Rose Bowl had a chance to fill with Ohio State, Penn State or Michigan then they might choose one of those 3 instead of Notre Dame since both are big time for TV and fan support and preserve the traditional Big Ten Pac 10 Rose Bowl matchup.

In essence the BCS would tell you that the theory for the Notre Dame rule runs on hte premise that they as top 12 with hteir generally difficult schedule are more deserving than an undefeated Fresno State or Air Force or Bowling Green or Tulane or someone from those types of conferences even if they have a lower BCS. There is probably some truth in that too although it is not really what is driving the process. In reality of course it is a way to **** those teams over for the sake of TV revenue because Notre Dame brings the ratings and MAC teams don't.

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post #210 of 493
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Well, just like last week ND is in the most interesting national game. I think they can do it, if they can keep the game low-scoring.

Hoping again Iowa State can keep it close. If they manage to run the ball some, I think they can, if not, things could get out of hand fast, just like last week. At least they're used to playing against a great defense!

Iowa/Michigan should be a good game, too.

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post #211 of 493
Cheer, Cheer for old Notre Dame.........
Guess what, FSU? it wasn't even that close.
ND may lose only 1 game, and that would be USC, but I doubt it.
12-0= automatic title game for ND
11-1= probably the same thing

it took 8 weeks ,but now I am now a believer
post #212 of 493
Ok, apparently I was the stoned one about the FSU/ND game. Gah, how I hate that team.

Michigan let me down.

But, my Longhorns won, so I guess it's happy time either way.
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post #213 of 493
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Heck of a team down there, Groverat!
It was kind of like watching the Giants in the mid-80's.
Great D, run the ball, high percentage passing from Simms...
Iowa State played a heck of a lot better than they did against OU, but I thought the Texas O-line was the real difference. They could have run it all day long.

Coach McCarney said the last 2 weeks have been like 4! Nice to be home next week and play a non-top 10 team. Missouri's no pushover, though.

I'll be rooting for UT and OU the rest of the way.(Unless ISU comes in the back door to the Big XII title game! )

Like I said at the beginning of the year, I think it's good for College Football if Notre Dame is a contender, given their tradition and polarizing effect on fans. I didn't think they'd get this good this fast, though!

I believe, MagicFingers!

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post #214 of 493
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Biggest surpise of the year for me:
Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl? :confused:

Never would have guessed that at the start of the year, weak Big Ten or no.

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post #215 of 493
Ohio State wins again!

Without the services of Mr. Clarett.

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post #216 of 493
So after another wekend of carnage,
It looks like ND will win out. It's quite possible Ohio State will win out. Oklahoma has a championship game to play. That's gotta be tough. Miami and V-Tech, one of them will win out. Georgia will have a championship to play. If Ohio State beats Minnesota, they will probably move up in the BCS based on Strength of Schedule. And if Washington State wins out, Ohio State gets a bonus .5 points for beating a top 10 team. People are saying what if there's three undefeated teams , what then? To hell with three, what if there are 5. True football fans everywhere are hoping for this because then, we'd maybe, finally get a playoff. What would be better than a playoff of 5 or 6 undefeated teams after a 12 game schedule? I can hear the money rolling in. Once we get to the point where there are way more unhappy people with legitimate beefs, than happy people, change is gonna come.
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Who's the Buckeye's next victim? Michigan is it? DIE DIE DIE!!!!!
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post #218 of 493
I never thought I'd say this, but:

How 'bout them Hawkeyes?

Undefeated so far in the big 10, after handing Michigan their asses at their own homecoming.
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post #219 of 493
Damn nice work this year from Iowa. I'm hoping they knock off Ohio State.

Random thought of the day:
Michael Vick, had he stayed in the NCAA, would be a 5th year senior right now.

Can you imagine a backfield of Mike Vick, Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones?

Sweet Jesus.
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post #220 of 493
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Once again, Iowa doesn't play Ohio State this year.

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post #221 of 493
Not that it would matter anywayz.
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post #222 of 493
Oh yeah, the Big 10 doesn't have a championship game. Duh.
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post #223 of 493
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[quote]Not that it would matter anywayz.<hr></blockquote>

Truthfully, I'd love to see the Buckeyes kick their tails!
It'd shut up a bunch of people around here (Iowa, not AI) talking about Iowa being better than Iowa State.

Oh, yeah, the Cyclones lose on the road to 2 of the 5 best teams in the country, that makes me forget all about Sept. 14!
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Not saying Iowa isn't good, I think they are, but I'd like to see how they'd do in the Big XII this year.

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post #224 of 493
True that!

Both teams are good this year. But a lot of people, including those who make the polls, are very effected by how won or lost the last game.
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post #225 of 493
Iowa is better than Ohio State. Which is not to say that they would necessarily defeat OSU if they were to play because this is college football after all but they are the superior team. At the moment.
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Better based on what? I'm interested in guessing how an undefeated team ends up worse than a one loss team when they play in the same league. Their perfromances against Penn State, or some other common foe? The number of top 10 teams they've beaten? How are you thinking here, besides, maybe, that you like Iowa? Ohio State beat Penn State by 6, Iowa by 7. Ohio State beat Indiana by 28, Iowa beat them by 16. If anything I would say the stats show Ohio State to be the better team. Especialy now that Iowa State's losses are starting to pile up. Iowa lost to a 3 loss team. Ohio State hasn't lost to anybody.

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[quote]Originally posted by norfa:
<strong>Better based on what? I'm interested in guessing how an undefeated team ends up worse than a one loss team when they play in the same league. Their perfromances against Penn State, or some other common foe? The number of top 10 teams they've beaten? How are you thinking here, besides, maybe, that you like Iowa? Ohio State beat Penn State by 6, Iowa by 7. Ohio State beat Indiana by 28, Iowa beat them by 16. If anything I would say the stats show Ohio State to be the better team. Especialy now that Iowa State's losses are starting to pile up. Iowa lost to a 3 loss team. Ohio State hasn't lost to anybody.

[ 10-30-2002: Message edited by: norfa ]</strong><hr></blockquote>


THe fact that one is undefeated and the other is not means nothing in comparison of the two as OSU obviously did not play ISU. As far as ISU losing three games, all three were to solid teams with two on the road and one neutral. Beyond that ISU and Iowa is an instate rivalry game which always skews things towards chaos.

Iowa has an extrememly good run defense which would make things extremely difficult on OSU's offense which still hasn't shown it can pass adequately. Beyond that OSU plays a fair amount of man and Cover 2 and Banks would excel at scrambling on them. Plus Iowa's defense has improved significantly in pass efficieny defense, even if they still give up a fair amount of passing yards as a result of their excellent run defense and solid offense. The matchup just favors Iowa IMO, their run defense primarily being the determining factor.

Common scores is worth something but there is not enough distinction to put a whole lot of emphasis on that. Even if you were, you need to account for PSU playing Iowa at PSU whereas OSU got PSU at OSU.

Poor PSU. Looks like they are headed for the Alamo Bowl again although that beats sitting on their asses again as they were the last two years.
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Well uh , ya it does mean soemthing especially since Ohio State easily beat Washington State, a one loss team now ranked in the top 10.

I did a comparison of stats/

OSU Iowa Comparison

Passing Statistics
Ranking Craig Kenzel #8
Brad banks #3
A difference of 13 yards a game.

Rushing yards
Maurice Clarett #7 6.2 YPC
Fred Russel Iowa #17 5.2

Scoring Iowa #9 37.6 per game
Scoring Ohio State #27, 33.1 pergame

Iowa 5 times has allowed over 21 points in a game.
Ohio State has never allowed over 21 points in a game.

Ohio State is best in the big 10 in total defense, givning up 13.9 per game.
Iowa is fourth giving up 20.6

Strength of schedule OSU 23
Strength of schedule Iowa 43

The bottom line is Ohio States defense is 6 points a game better than Iowa's. Iowa's offense is four points a game better than OSU's giving OSU a statistical edge of about 2 points. Plus OSU has played a harder schedule. What would your arguments be for saying Iowa is a better team, again?
post #229 of 493
Ohio State is a damn good team. However, without Maurice Clarett they are just one of the many good to avergae teams out there.
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I think you hit it on the head, smithjoel.
I should probablyÂ*preface everything I say about Iowa by saying I have a 20+ year bias against them.
But, they have earned my respect, starting with the Iowa State game, which they dominated for a half.
That said, they're a solid team that doesn't beat themselves, and that's enough with their schedule this year.
The Buckeyes are those thing PLUS #13, and to me, that's a huge difference.

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My first double post ever! Damn.

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[quote]Originally posted by norfa:
Well uh , ya it does mean soemthing especially since Ohio State easily beat Washington State, a one loss team now ranked in the top 10. <hr></blockquote>

You are ignoring individual matchups, individual team strengths, the effect of emotions, home field impacts etc. To ignore such things is to ignore the realities of college football.

WSU? Their wins are over Nevada (3-5), Idaho (2-6), Montana State (1AA), Cal (5-4), USC (6-2), Stanford (2-5) and Arizona (3-5). One decent team in USC which they won at home only because the USC kicker missed an extra point. If WSU had played FSU, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa they would not have one loss nor would they have two losses nor would they be in the top ten.

[quote]I did a comparison of stats/

OSU Iowa Comparison

Passing Statistics
Ranking Craig Kenzel #8
Brad banks #3
A difference of 13 yards a game.<hr></blockquote>

Lets do this right if we are going to do it. Here are the full stats for the 9 games each has played:

Banks: 119-201-59%-18-4-1797
Krenzel: 99-158-62.6%-9-4-1387
Banks: 52-258-5.0
Krenzel: 65-233-3.6

So Krenzel throws about 3/4ths as much as Banks, has the same number of INTs but half as many touchdowns and has thrown for 410 fewer yards. I'm not sure where you came up with the 13 yards a game figure but it is mistaken. Banks is also the superior scrambler and runner.

[quote]Rushing yards
Maurice Clarett #7 6.2 YPC
Fred Russel Iowa #17 5.2<hr></blockquote>

The problem, well OK, not the only problem but the worst problem with boiling things down to one player is that Clarett accounts for 40% of OSU's rushing attempts and Russell has 46% of Iowa's rushing attempts. That ignores over half of each team's attempts to run the ball. Not a good idea especially since these two running backs both left their games this week with injuries. Now let us compare what actually matters, team rushing:

Ohio State: 408-1976-4.84-21
Iowa: 388-1925-4.96-5

Slight edge for Iowa though if you like we'll let the 5 touchdowns cancel out the difference.

[quote]Scoring Iowa #9 37.6 per game
Scoring Ohio State #27, 33.1 pergame<hr></blockquote>

I have no idea where you are getting your stats from but they are mistaken. Iowa is #8 in the NCAA 37.78 and OSU is #24 at 33.11. Furthermore Iowa has scored on the better teams that they have faced, 31 on ISU, 42 on PSU, 31 on Purdue, 34 on Michigan. Whereas OSU put up 25 on WSU, 19 on Wisconsin and 13 on PSU. OSU's suffers from a severe stratification between their outputs against good and bad teams, they put up 51 on Kent State, 50 San Jose State, 45 on Indiana and 45 on Texas Tech (87th in total D, 95 in scoring D). Iowa doesnt suffer the same sort of dropoff when they play competent competition. Iowa has the superior offense. They have a three dimensional offense, OSU has a one dimensional offense. One dimension is fine against the Kent States of the world but it won't work so well against decent teams.

[quote]Iowa 5 times has allowed over 21 points in a game.
Ohio State has never allowed over 21 points in a game.<hr></blockquote>

Ohio State has the better overall defense. I won't dispute that. I will dispute this description of the situation though.

One of those 21 points was the Akron game where Iowa gave up 21 exactly. How many points a team gives up with their scrubs in and the game in the bad, since Iowa had a 37-0 lead after the first quarter, is irrelevant. Secondly you also would be citing the Miami Ohio game in which 24 points were scored. Seven of those were scored on a fumble recovery in the endzone and another seven were on a late TD in the last five minutes after Iowa had the game in hand. That leaves 10 points scored against the defense when the game was actually on the line.

The other three games point out a major weakness in Iowa's D. They are vulnerable to a decent passing offense, and as they got ahead in all three games, that forced their opponents to run 3/4/5 wide and throw most of the time. And then those teams were successful. Iowa State trails 24-7 in the second half, then goes on to score 29 points and throw for 361 yards. Penn State trails 35-13 in the 4th quarter and scores 22 points to force overtime, accumulating 399 yards passing. Purdue was down 24-14 and then scored two touchdowns in the last eleven minutes before Iowa scored for the win. Purdue accumulated 410 yards passing. In essense, Iowa has kicked everyone's ass in the first half, their problem is that when they get too far ahead their biggest weakness in their pass defense is most relevant and most easily exploited.

The other side of the coin is that Iowa's run defense is awesome. Naturally that is part of why they have been out ahead in every game. They are #2 in the country at 62.3 yards per game and are at 2.11 yards per carry. Ohio State is quite good at defending the run too, but not on the same level as Iowa. OSU is #8 at 82.2 but they are allowing 3.02 yards a carry, almost 50% more than Iowa. This right here is the key that you are ignoring. Iowa would contain OSU's running. OSU can't pass the ball around the way that Mills, Wallace, or even Purdue with their spread can. It's just not what they do. The matchup favors Iowa. OSU is too dependent on this aspect and Iowa is just too damn good at it.

Now OSU would have some success shutting down Russell. The thing is though, Iowa can still beat you passing or with Banks on draws, rollouts, boots etc. They also have Clark as another complication for WILL. They have the balance that OSU lacks that would give them the advantage.

Iowa rushes four plus MIKE run blitzes, maybe secondary blitz even with FS or SAM. All day long on 1st. Then 2/3 and long and play Cover 2 or Cover 3. OSU would not be successful at all. They just are not built for it. Which is not really a shortcoming of OSU too much, for most other defenses they would be OK but Iowa is one of the few with bad ass DTs who can shut down the run, even with 5/6 no problem. This matchup is the key.


[quote]Ohio State is best in the big 10 in total defense, givning up 13.9 per game.
Iowa is fourth giving up 20.6<hr></blockquote>
Total defense refers to the number of yards given up, not the number of points which is scoring defense.

As I've said, OSU has a bit better defense overall. As far as the factors that go into stats, I think that has pretty much been covered.

We should also be discussing TO margin here but I am too lazy to look it up and see what impact it has had.

And really if we wanted to do the stats right what we need to do is take a team's production and then compare it to the mean production for the opponents and see how it is as an over/under but I'm too lazy to do that too.

[quote]Strength of schedule OSU 23
Strength of schedule Iowa 43<hr></blockquote>

OSU is number #24 not #23, if it the BCS formula for SOS that you are refering to. Lets look at BCS SOS factors for each:

OSU:

Texas Tech 5-4
Kent State 3-5
Washington State 7-1
Cincinnati 3-5
Northwestern 2-7
San Jose State 4-5
Wisconsin 6-3

Iowa:

Akron 1-7
Miami Ohio 6-3
Iowa State 6-3
Utah State 2-6
Purdue 4-5
Michigan State 3-5
Michigan 6-2

This is of course one of the obvious flaws of the BCS. SOS is based on records but the record of a team has a ton to do with its schedule. For instance Miami Ohio is viewed as as good as Iowa State in the BCS because they have the same record. As it applies to Iowa, they actually factor in as a better record with the Iowa game removed as all are when a specific team's SOS is counted. Of course Miami Ohio plays and happens to beat a bunch of MAC teams whereas ISU is playing Oklahoma and Texas and losing. Naturally if their schedules were reversed ISU would have the superior record and we all know ISU is the superior team. But in the magic of the BCS things get distorted so that they are viewed as equals, or in Iowa's case with Miami Ohio as the better team.

Another problem is the general worthlessness of a record as team's chance of victory approaches zero. San Jose State is just flat out not going to beat Ohio State. Akron is just not going to beat Iowa. The reverse would be true, Akron could not beat OSU and SJSU couldnt beat Iowa. The problem is that even though these teams chances of victory are both equally negligible, they don't count the same in the BCS. Akron counts as a 1-6, SJSU as a 4-4.

The actual BCS records of OSU's opponents is 34-29. For Iowa it is 30-31. OSU has a slight lead in the 1/3 opponents' opponents factor, 55.75% to 54.85% but that is margin as you can see. to If Iowa had played San Jose State and OSU had played Akron, both would have still won easily. The actual difficult of their schedules would have effectively remained the same as either game would be almost impossible to lose. Except that then Iowa would have the better BCS SOS. It makes little sense and it is why BCS SOS is such a dubious stat. The better method is to look at the teams they have played and compare. Iowa played ISU, lost. OSU beat WSU solidly. Both beat PSU in close games. OSU beat Wisconsin barely, Iowa crushed Michigan. Iowa snuck out a win over Purdue. That pretty much covers the decent teams that they have played.

[quote]The bottom line is Ohio States defense is 6 points a game better than Iowa's. Iowa's offense is four points a game better than OSU's giving OSU a statistical edge of about 2 points. Plus OSU has played a harder schedule. What would your arguments be for saying Iowa is a better team, again?<hr></blockquote>

Again, schedules need to be accounted for in points. Layout the % over under on O and D for each relative to their opponents' season mean and then we will talk. OSU has not played a harder schedule regardless of what the BCS formula says. You still have not addressed the actual football aspects of the game. What does OSU do with SAM? Cover2 or FS for Russell? What in the world to do about Clark? Will you play a one gap and how will you get OSU to run? Can Krenzel throw the post corner, fly, intermediate crosses etc or is it just curls, outs etc. If so how in the world can OSU win?

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Whoa-that was a long quote, Colander!

I still don't trust the Iowa corners. The Hawkeyes defend the pass more with pressure of the QB. With OSU's running game, I think play-action would kill them, and Krenzel ought to be able to chuck the ball out there.

On D, I see Ohio State selling out on the run, I like the Buckeye secondary vs Iowa receivers.
Clark is good, but overrated.

It's really a shame this game won't happen...speculation is fun, though!


Jeff
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post #234 of 493
You're trippin but I still love you anyway. Provided that you support deep cuts in our federal farm subsidies of course.

OSU's passing game is mediocre and the only time Krenzel is gonna do any chucking will be upchucking after a kegger. Where is Artman's photo when I need it?
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[quote] Provided that you support deep cuts in our federal farm subsidies of course. <hr></blockquote>


[quote]the only time Krenzel is gonna do any chucking will be upchucking after a kegger. Where is Artman's photo when I need it?<hr></blockquote>
<img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

Like I said, the anti-Iowa sentiment runs deep. They could have Brett Favre at QB, Randy Moss at wideout and Priest Holmes at runningback and part of me would still be tempted to say they suck!


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post #236 of 493
Oh I guess no farm subsidy talk then. Unless groverat wants to jump in with his oft stated opinion that family farmers are all a bunch of welfare whores living in silos and that those silos are a metaphorical embodiment of the phallic organs which they metaphorically stick up the taxpayers' asses. I tell him he is wrong because I enjoy corn on the cob and a baked potato- no cheese, too fatty - but he never listens to me.
post #237 of 493
Lets add a grain of smiley to that post for safety's sake.

<img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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We all need to take a moment to realize that there is at least a 50/50 shot that Miami will be undefeated and not go to the National Championship. Notre Dame and Oklahoma would have better BCS rankings. If that would not get us a playoff system I do not know what would. If that did happen the season could end, even after the bowl games with, with 5 teams undefeated. A five way tie for the MNC, that would get us a playoff.

5 undefeated teams:
(Ohio State from the Rose, Miami from the Orange, OU or ND from the Fiesta, Georgia from the Sugar, and Bowling Green from the I dunno Bowl) you could also sub in Vtech for Miami and NC state for Georgia
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I like the idea of a playoff, but I'm afraid it could further muddle things some years: X team should have been in, Y team shouldn't, Z team beat W team but lost to V team...

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Pointing out minor differeces in the stats in generally useless. The over all points still stand. I can make up just as many reasons why Ohio State would win as you can make up about why Iowa would win. Bottom line, Ohio State played better against mutual opponents. Did you see the Penn State , Ohio State game? OSU held Penn State to 8 first downs in the whole game. The same team that put up 35 points against Iowa. I got my stats from CBS sportsline and Espn.com, if you want to argue , argue with them. It's a pointless argument. However, OSU looks better on paper. For all those "reasons" that you trotted out, aybody can make up a bunch of "reasons" like that for any team. All you are doing is showing your bias.But that's OK, that's what fans do,support your team, trash your competition. Just don't delude yourself into thinking it means anything. The question you need to ask here, is, "Is Ohio State better than Iowa State?" I think they are, but hey, I'm not from Iowa.
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