Tide's loss causes top-five chaos

jgiglio@newsobserver.comNovember 12, 2012 

Editor’s note: Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.

Let’s compare teams without using names.

Team A (10-0): Five wins over teams with winning records, four true road wins, one win over a top-20 team (in my poll) and one win over the last-place team from a major conference.

Team B (10-0): Five wins over teams with winning records, four true road wins, one win over a top-20 team (in my poll) and one win over the last-place team from a major conference.

Team C (10-0): Five wins over teams with winning records, three true road wins, two wins over top-20 teams (in my poll) and one win over the last-place team from a major conference.

Team C has one more win over a top-20 team and one less true road win, but there’s not a whole lot of difference between the three teams, is there?

Voting should be about results, but when the data is inconclusive, opinion enters the equation. When you add the “eye test,” Team A (Oregon) trumps Team B (Kansas State) and Team C (Notre Dame).

This week’s voting dilemma was created by previous No. 1 Alabama’s home loss to Texas A&M. The Tide (9-1) is not done yet, as coach Nick Saban correctly pointed out after the 29-24 loss to the Aggies. LSU in 2003, coached by Saban, Florida in ’06 and ’08 and Alabama in ’11, coached by Saban, were one-loss SEC teams who won the BCS title. Two of the three unbeatens would have to lose before Dec. 2 to let Alabama or SEC East champion Georgia back into the BCS equation, but as we learned (again) on Saturday, anything can happen.

TeamPv.TeamPv.
1. Oregon 3 14. Oklahoma 15
2. Kansas State 215. Oregon State12
3. Notre Dame 416. UCLA17
4. Alabama 117. So. California18
5. Georgia 518. La. Tech19
6. Florida 619. Texas20
7. Florida State 720. Nebraska21
8. Clemson 821. Louisville13
9. LSU 922. RutgersNR
10. Texas A&M 1423. Boise State24
11. Ohio State 1024. MichiganNR
12. South Carolina 1125. WisconsinNR
13. Stanford 16

Out: Toledo (22), Mississippi State (23), Northwestern (25)

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