Points Over Pints: Baylor Loss Restores Balance
This Week’s Beer
Third Wheel Belgian Pale Ale.
Every year college football enters the month of November with a logjam at the top of the standings. And every year we freak out about what’s going to happen at the end of the month when there’s still four or five teams that deserve a spot in the BCS championship game.
Here’s the thing: It rarely happens.
To quote Tarik, the insightful prisoner from Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, “The universe tends to unfold as it should.”
When the final poll of October was released, there were six undefeated teams that had realistic dreams of playing for the crystal football in Pasadena (sorry Northern Illinois and Fresno State, BCS rules clearly state that you never had a chance).
Now? We’re down to three.
Three teams for only two spots would lead you to believe that there’s still a problem here, but in reality, the universe is unfolding exactly as it should.
In honor of our odd man out, we’ll be enjoying a fresh pint of Third Wheel; a Belgian Pale Ale brewed by the O’so Brewing Company in Plover, Wis.
The First Sip
Baylor’s no-show in a 49-17 loss to Oklahoma State demonstrates a glorious case of Karma at work against Ohio State.
You’ll hear Buckeyes fans complain about Urban Meyer’s perfect record the last two years and how they deserve a shot, but all of those years of saying the non-automatic qualifying teams are undeserving due to their inferior schedules are coming back to bite them right on the behind.
Truth is, even with its convincing 42-14 win over Indiana, OSU is the least qualified of the undefeated trio. The Buckeyes have played a “Little Sisters of The Poor” schedule when you compare it to Alabama and Florida State’s slate of games.
Braxton Miller and company are the third wheel in the BCS because their schedule was weak, and they played poorly against inferior opponents like Illinois.
You can call it unfair. You can blame the BCS, if you choose, but I prefer to thank the universe — for doing exactly what it always does.
• Be careful what you wish for. Oregon was hoping to sneak back into the championship discussion. A few players, including De’Anthony Thomas, even went as far as to say that another trip to the Rose Bowl was a ho-hum “been-there done that” situation. Complain enough and the universe will listen. The Ducks were “gifted” with three turnovers and eight penalties en route to a 26-point loss to Arizona. Now there won’t be any BCS bowl game for Oregon. You’re welcome, guys. Didn’t want to bore you.
• Here’s a list of guys that we can officially dismiss as Heisman Trophy winners: Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Bryce Petty. With Jameis Winston’s potential legal troubles, AJ McCarron may win the trophy by default.
• Talk about a good day. Wyoming QB Brett Smith nearly scored a season's worth of touchdowns in one game against Hawaii. Smith threw for 498 yards and seven touchdowns and added 142 yards and a score on the ground. His 640 yards of total offense are the most by a single player in the FBS this season.
• Injuries or not, Florida’s 26-20 loss to Georgia Southern will spell the end of Will Muschamp’s tenure as the head coach of the Gators. Not because it was the school’s first-ever loss to an FCS team, but because of how it happened. This wasn’t a smoke and mirrors upset. Georgia Southern won the game with a completely unbalanced offense that rushed for 429 yards and passed for zero.
• Navy QB Keenan Reynolds broke the record for rushing touchdowns by an FBS quarterback with seven, but I’m pretty sure if you asked him now, Reynolds would have been a lot happier if he stopped at three. His fourth touchdown with 2:38 left in the fourth quarter was handed to him by the San Jose State defense. By gift-wrapping the score, David Fales had plenty of time to drive the Spartans down the field, tie the score and push the game into overtime. Navy won the game, but taking a knee instead of darting into the end zone would have closed it out in regulation.
The Last Gulp
Our pints of Third-Wheel are running a little low, so it’s time to raise our glasses to a rather quirky, unfortunate moment in college football this week.
Here’s to you, Joe Jenkins.
That’s right, this one’s on me.
On Thursday, I made note in an SEC debate column that Georgia had the relative luxury of navigating its injury-riddled season with QB Aaron Murray.
On Saturday, Murray’s season came to an abrupt end when he tore his ACL in the Bulldog’s 59-17 win over Kentucky.
Here’s to a speedy recovery and a successful NFL career…
… As for me? I’ll do my best to keep my trap shut moving forward.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.
The O’Duls “What’s the Friggin’ Point?” Award
Connecticut decided to gracefully bow out of the “worst team in the country” discussion by beating Temple, 28-21 on Saturday. The four remaining “completely beaten” teams in the country are: Miami (OH), Hawaii, Southern Mississippi and Georgia State.