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Is in conference SOS really that different?

Posted on: November 2, 2008 11:59 pm

SOS carries more weight when two teams have the same record.

Lets see how totally different these conferences really are,

LSU, Ohio State, Georgia, and Missouri... Each team had two chances to play against other top 15 teams and each team blew both chances (6/8 games were complete blowouts). 4 teams, 3 conferences, same story.

USC and Florida are two teams on opposite sides of the country and both manage to have powerhouse offenses that can put up points at will. Yet these two teams arent that different, both of these teams have slipped up on mediocre in conference opponents.

Clemson, South Florida, Auburn, Kansas, and Pitt all had hopes of a good season and slowly watched their seasons crumble away into nothing. 5 completely different teams in 4 conferences with very similar stories!

Vanderbilt, ECU, and Wisconsin each started the season very well yet have completely collapsed since then.

Washington, Indiana, Iowa State, Washington State, Syracuse, Mississippi State, and NC State... Apparently no conference is above having a bottom feeder.

Texas Tech, Penn State,  and Alabama... Each team started the season with other teams from their respective conferences sitting in the spotlight. Yet each team has played through every game on the schedule that was given to them and refused to lose. 3 different conferences, 3 different teams, 1 story.

So perhaps these conferences arent so different, perhaps the problems that occur for one team also occur for another team on the opposite side of the country. Maybe... just maybe.


Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2008 4:37 pm

Is in conference SOS really that different?

I agree.  I get tired of all of the banter between fans of teams in the different conferences.  Growing up in Big 10 country, I was inundated with propaganda of the Big 10 over every other conference.  I went to school at Florida, but still get tired of hearing the talk of one conference being better than any other.  I believe that there are a couple great teams from every conference each year.  The stakes of one national championship game or one bowl game is not only dependent on who is the better team, but who has done the better preparation and coaching job during the game.

Should Florida have lost to Michigan last year in the Citrus Bowl?  Well, watching it first hand, I would day yes.  Michigan looked much better than Florida in that game.  More enthusiasm, better coaching throughout the game, and much more hunger on the Michigan sideline.  I think the same could be said for the 2006 title game where Ohio State just looked flat.  Last year's title game came down to talent in my opinion.

I am loving the Big 12 this year.  The games are fun to watch and there are some great teams!  I am hoping that Florida gets a chance to play T-Tech or Texas in a bowl game and hope that both teams come in with a hunger to provide an unbelievable game.  Another game similar to the 2005 title game would be spectacular.

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2008 9:34 pm

Is in conference SOS really that different?

Yes, I think you are right is saying that each conference is not that much different. I think that if you compared the teams you would find that the teams that are not doing so well very well may be struggling in the same areas. Now that wont always be the case but it is likely. Now if you were to take it from the other end and compare the teams that are winning and are powerhouses in their conference i think that you might more of a variation in the things that they are strong in. Yes, of course, there are going to be similarities but there are many things to consider when a team is a powerhouse. Also, i think that if you were to put all the powerhouse teams up against each other you would see who the real winners were. Just because a team is the best in their conference doesn't mean that they are necessarily good. Everyone in their conference could just be really awful. So is there a big difference, no. i would say not.

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