Stiff Arm 2008: Coming right up...
Yes, yes, yes... stop with the emails and phone calls. Yes, we are doing our H------ Trophy projection this year.
It seems that all the speculation and prognostication is getting off to a later start this year, probably because of the crazy race to the finish in the BCS - and all the implications the conference championship games have had for the Trophy race.
Questions we'll be watching this week: Has Tim Tebow done enough to convince voters that he should be the second person ever to repeat - and set himself up as a possible triple winner? Or has Oklahoma's explosive offense convinced voters to send the trophy home with Sam Bradford? Will voters look kindly on Colt McCoy or Graham Harrell - the QBs of the two programs left out in the cold by the silly Big 12 tiebreaker system? In this age of video-game passing offenses, is the era of the Stiff Arm running back over and dead?
Ballots are out, the games are over. All that's left is the shouting.
Stay tuned. It's going to be a wild week.
I heard Saturday that Al Eshback on WWLS radio is voting 1) Bradford 2) McCoy 3) Tebow.
Whew, I was getting worried.
What are you waiting for?
If you wait til it's announced, it ain't much of a prediction.
Olin Buchanan rivals.com
1. Bradford, 2. McCoy, 3. Tebow
Tom Dienhart rivals.com
Bill King - Rivals
Chip Brown Rivals
3. Brandon Spikes
Brent Hubbs volquest.com
Neal McReady RebelSports.net
Al Eshback WWLS Radio
"If you wait til it's announced, it ain't much of a prediction."
Well, it's a projection - not a prediction. The idea is to count up the declared votes and make a scientific projection. Any jackass can make an wild-ass guess (or even a thoughtful, educated guess.)
I'm having trouble finding the original sources for all the Rivals.com votes you've noted. Can you post links, please?
Why is the Big 12 tiebreaker silly? The purpose of it is to give the Big 12 the best chance possible of having a team play for the national championship. In a three team tie, it seems to make the most sense to take the team that is ranked the highest in the BCS. Eventually, the SEC tiebreaker will bite them in the butt. There will be a year where there is a 3 team tie, with one team ranked around 3 or 4 and another ranked 6 or 7. If the 7th ranked team had won earlier then they will go to the SEC championship and it will greatly hurt the 3rd ranked teams chances from advancing to the BCS championship game. Without a playoff in place the SEC tiebreaker seems the silliest to me.
Fair enough, Josh. That's a good point. It just seems to me that the BCS rankings should be an analysis of the games -- not the other way around. It sets up a feedback loop. I'm not a fan of ANY Big 12 program (I'm a USC guy - and yes, the Pac-10 system is even worse)... but at most, the BCS rankings should be used to eliminate the third-place team, not identify the first-place team.
But whatever. This is a discussion about the Trophy - not the BCS.
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