Okay folks I’ve had enough of this bowing down to Alabama and giving them a pass on this season just because they are the reigning BCS champion. Even this late in the season pundits’ love to point out how the ranking system is fluid and as the season comes down the stretch the schedule will work itself out. Meaning that sooner or a later a highly ranked team will be beaten or "exposed" (as the talking heads love to use) as they fall from the BCS ivory tower, only able to look up at what they won’t be able to ascend to for the rest of the season.
The love affair with the SEC this year just doesn't have the shiny look and feel it had in the past seven seasons. Outside of Alabama and perhaps an Auburn or Missouri, the rest of the vaunted SEC are a bunch of ugly bridesmaids this year. And this just in folks - Alabama isn't the same pretty southern co-ed Alabama she was the last two years. Sure they’re unbeaten and have outscored all eight teams 337 to 78 and looked pretty much like what we think Alabama should look like. Not so fast my friend! Yes, the shut outs are there but who are they really against? After Alabama gave up a whopping 42 points to Johnny Football’s Texas A&M Aggies, the Tide have outscored their last six opponents 253-26. I’ll even admit that’s pretty good defense. But if you look closer and take off those Crimson colored glasses you’ll see that of those six teams only one team was ranked, #21 Ole Miss who currently sits 5-3, 5th in the SEC West and 8th overall in the conference. The body of work for the last six teams that Alabama has beaten is a measley 18-25 (including Ole Miss). That’s right folks just 18-25. True their schedule is little bit back loaded with #12 LSU this weekend and the annual Iron Bowl against a surging top ten Auburn. But hasn't the rub been for the top teams in the ACC and Big Ten that their schedule just isn't tough enough?
Now I ask you to put on your Garnet & Gold colored glasses and just look at the numbers over the same time period for Florida State and tell me, honestly, why isn't or can’t the Seminoles be ranked number one or number two behind Oregon? Over the last six games Florida State has outscored its opponents 306 to 85. Yes, they’ve given up more points than Alabama but they've scored more points and the PF/PA difference between the two teams is 27 points in favor of Alabama. Look even closer at the schedule and during this time span FSU has played three ranked teams outscoring them 155-28 and whose combined record is 20-5. Overall the combined win-loss total for the last six opponents of 34-15.
So without knowing what team was who and you looked at the naked numbers, one team undefeated whose opponents are a combined 34-15 thru six games with three of those teams being ranked (two top ten teams) and the other being undefeated, as well, with its last six teams going 18-25. Hands down you’re telling me I’m foolish if the former team isn't ranked higher than the latter team. The only reason why Alabama is where they are is because they started the season number one and for some ridiculous, unwritten rule of college football pollsters a team cannot be moved down if others with better numbers verse better teams can be ranked higher than them if they started out below the top team. This is the 21st century and I think I’ll take that computer eye test over the human eye test since computers dont care about silly written rules.