Today the USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll came out for the 2010 version of NCAA Football. There was really nothing too alarming or surprising. The top 25 was dominated by the BCS Power conferences. There were only 2 teams from non BCS conferences in Boise State and TCU who made the cut. Both of these teams have become perennial powers and will be tough again in 2010.
The two teams at the top are Alabama, the defending National Champions, and perennial power, Ohio State. Both of these teams are thought of as heavy favorites. Alabama is supposed to be even better than last year if that is possible and the Buckeyes went through a “rebuilding year” last season in which they still won a Rose Bowl. This Buckeye’s team will be very dangerous and the Big Ten will be stronger than it has been over the past few years. But lets look at the history of the BCS and gauge these teams chances of bringing home a BCS title.
Since the system that we have all grown to love (jk) took over College Football in 1998, only two teams have won the title twice. These two teams are LSU and Florida. Also, no team has ever repeated as BCS National Champion. In addition, 6 of the total 12 championships have been brought home by teams from none other than the SEC. Are you really surprised? Lastly, 4 straight championships have been taken home by the vaunted SEC. This is why people have considered this to be the best conference in the NCAA football ranks for some time now. They are deserving and should continue their dominance this year.
Since 2002, only one preseason #1 in the USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll has taken home the BCS National Championship. And that was in 2004 when the USC “professional” Trojans knocked off preseason #2 Oklahoma. Who cares if this USC team might have cheated. They were a dominant force led by Heisman winner, Matt Leinart. Also since 2002, only two preseason #2 teams in this poll have won the BCS Championship. This occurred in 2007, when #2 LSU took home the title over an “overrated” OSU team. It also happened in 2005, in arguably the greatest College Football Game ever. Vince Young, put the Longhorns on his back and led them over the seemingly “invincible” USC Trojans. The image of Frostee Rucker, USC’s star defensive end, diving at Vince Young on Vince’s last burst marked the end of an era (USC Dominance). Unfortunately for Frostee, Young made it into the end zone on this play. Pete Carroll and USC were unable to stop the man who should have brought home the Heisman that year (he still may get it due to Bush’s issues now). Lastly, only twice in the BCS since 2002 have the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll met in the BCS National Championship game. This happened in 2004 and 2005 in the years of the USC Trojan. Though Vince Young made sure this tarnished era in Trojanville ended on a sour note.
So there you have it. Only once has a team in Bama’s #1 ranked position taken home the title (since 2002). Also no team has ever repeated in the BCS era. So their chances of repeating are not too likely. In addition, only two teams in Jim Tressel and the Buckeye’s position have taken home the BCS National Championship since 2002. I will state that both of these teams have more than enough firepower to run away with a National Title. But the odds appear to be against them.
So will the Tide Roll into Glendale, Arizona come January, or will the Buckeyes be able to crash the party?
This is all a part of what we like to call the “BCS Madness.” Get excited for the College Football season as it inches closer.
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