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Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 9:19 AM


I know my Steelers and I can talk American Football but I really know little about college ball, mainly because I have had little interest or exposure until recently. I went to the Pitt/Louisville game yesterday and it was a blast - in the way a 41-7 football game can be. I was also at the Pitt/Rutgers game, where Pitt was beaten soundly. I am not certain how to tell my friend with the Pitt blue van, decked out in all things Pitt, who wore Pitt clothing from head to toe yesterday that I dont see Pitt beathing West Virginia on the 28th... I have heard much fuss about how terrible the ranking system is in college ball. Someone please enlighten me or share your thoughts....

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 9:58 AM

Oh, well, I don't even know where to start on the BCS ranking system.

Depends if your school has had a history of a great program and ranking the prior year and the predictions of the talent you have on your team for this year...that affects the ranking before anything gets started.

Once wins and losses happen, it depends on the perception of how strong your conference is and how tough your school team's schedule is.

Then if it comes down to ranked teams having at least one loss, it depends on who've you've beaten and how hard your schedule is. (i.e., have you beaten all other highly ranked teams.)

Some controversy is over schools who have a better record than schools ranked higher than they are - usually due to scheduling and perhaps history (traditional powerhouses.) It's the subjectivity that gets people all fired up.

Plus, there's always a faction that would like a college playoff, just like that have in NCAA basketball. The problem with that is if you have the top 8 teams, for example, a playoff would have 4 games first week, two games second week, and championship game 3rd week, which adds three more weeks to the schedule (unless you count the championship game replacing a traditional bowl game in January). And, what would that do to the bowl games? Take a little luster off the top one which would also be an advertising dollar hit.

(I'll stop now. BTW Have to root for Texas Tech - my son goes there - although my heart is with U of Texas, where I attended.)

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 10:00 AM

Ah, well that helps, and I say for Marsha
Hook 'em Horns!

Donleigh  (Level: 146.2 - Posts: 4987)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 10:07 AM

I thought it was all chicken guts, tea leaves, and voodoo.

Can you say playoffs?

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 10:31 AM

Oh and further proof of how little I know. What does BCS stand for?

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 10:42 AM

Bowl Championship Series (...but, oh, I so wanted to post a sarcastic something or other.)

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 10:46 AM

Martina, there's a whole entry in Wikipedia devoted to BCS Controversies.


Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 11:17 AM

How much fun you've had going to those two games! I go to Rutger's games, my son graduated from there and gets season's tickets. The tailgate parties are so much fun!

Texas Tech is looking great these days. Things will change again this week with Penn State losing in the final moments. Alabama remains unbeaten, I thought LSU gave them a good game.

I enjoy college football, but the NFL has me even more hooked!

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 11:23 AM

I did have so much fun. I have discovered at lovely man, who took me to my first Steeler game --- who found my getting weepy at the National Anthem, endearing and let me stay for every minute of the game -- instead of leaving early like many where doing due to impending rain... We have since gone to the Rutgers game -- and frankly Rutgers had their way with Pitt. Yesterday was just a blast. Football is fun!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 2:07 PM

Penn State may have lost, but good googlie mooglie, how old is Joe Paterno? He has got to do some kind of testimonial to the power of vitamins. (I fully expect Alvandy to post that it's the power of the Peppermint Pattie.)

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 2:13 PM

He is 81 -- I have a theory however -- I think that he has actually died, but they had him stuffed and animated him, using cybernetics --- there is a reason why he has been coaching from the booth.

Alvandy  (Level: 226.0 - Posts: 7527)
Sun, 9th Nov '08 2:23 PM

I believe from a past visit to the PSU "Creamery" in State College, that there is a peppermint pattie ice cream flavor.
Actually, "Joe Pa" has an ice cream named for him up there ["Peachy Paterno"].

It was very cold and windy at the game yesterday.
Joe should have told the players to chew a p.p at the end of every quarter for quick energy and to keep their hands warm.
Iowa had hand warning equipment on their side of the field. Penn State did not.
That was a factor!
Joe should have chewed a p.p to for more strategy imagination too.

Dam it! [in honor of Jank}

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