The Big 12 and SEC are now bowl partners like the Pac-12 and B1G, as the two conferences announced Friday morning in a release that they’ve reached a five-year agreement for their football champions to meet in a postseason game following the 2014 reg…
Mike Slive and the Southeastern Conference continue to put the squeeze on college football, and this time the SEC has an ally in the Big 12. In some respects it is more show than substance, because the new deal is dependent on the champions of both lea…
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The Senior Bowl officially announced the names of the Alabama players Saturday that have accepted invitations to the annual NFL showcase game in Mobile. The Crimson Tide contingent includes linebacker Courtney Upshaw, center William Vlachos, wide receiver Marquis Maze, cornerback DeQuan Menzie, safety Mark Barron and nose guard Josh Chapman.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – For the second time in four years, the SEC won’t place a team in Birmingham’s bowl game. That means Conference USA could replace the SEC on Jan. 7 to play a lower-selected Big East team than usual in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Or not. Such is life this time of year and given Birmingham’s convoluted bowl arrangements. “Maybe you can figure this out for us,” C-USA Associate Commissioner Alfred White joked.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – This is how much LSU and Alabama are separated by in the first Bowl Championship Series standings: .0003 points. Just get to Nov. 5 already. Or does ESPN’s BCS contract include a clause that Skip Bayless must debate Craig James each week on the standings show to demonstrate every game counts? Except, of course, it doesn’t. There’s a plus-one in the top four of the first BCS standings – LSU and Alabama at 1-2 from the SEC and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at 3-4 in the Big 12 – with teams who control their destiny.
Everyone should be happy. You’ve all gotten what you wanted. Sort of. The first BCS rankings of the season were released Sunday night with LSU No. 1, Alabama No. 2, Oklahoma No. 3 and Oklahoma State No. 4. That should make those who want a playoff happy. In essence, you have one. The top four teams represent two conferences and two upcoming matchups potentially serve as luck-of-the-draw national semifinals.
TUSCALOOSA – The University of Alabama debuted at No. 2 in the initial Bowl Championship Series standings that will determine which two teams play for college football’s national championship. The standings, based on a formula that considers rankings from several computer systems, the coaches’ poll and the Harris poll (which has former coaches and athletes as voters), were released Sunday evening. LSU is No. 1, with Oklahoma ranked third.
In the history of the Bowl Championship Series standings, the Southeastern Conference has the most appearances with 410 (since 1998). Here is a capsule look (conference alignment at time of game played / counting first week of 2011 BCS?Standings):
The standings are out, and LSU stands in the top spot. Alabama is rated No. 2, followed by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State. The margin is slim. LSU’s average is .9522. Alabama’s is .9519.
Stop the talking, college football, and just get to Alabama-LSU on Nov. 5 already. Let’s be honest: The first half of this season hasn’t been very interesting. The number of games that will impact who plays for the national championship can be counted on one hand. There may be some exciting regional games, but the national title race crawls along week by week with blowout after blowout. Alabama dominates. LSU dominates. Oklahoma wins. The rest of the the undefeated teams wait for a slip-up.
LSU still is ranked No. 1. The two Southeastern Conference schools are less than three weeks away from a Nov. 5 showdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Oklahoma still is ranked No. 3, followed by Wisconsin and Boise State.
ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 01: Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide blocks Trenton Robinson #39 of the Michigan State Spartans on a touchdown run during the Capitol One Bowl at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2011 [...]