Being conference championship week, we didn't see too much on-field action. However, a loss to Alabama results in uga falling 2 spots (I disagree with this, they played Alabama tougher than anyone not named Texas A&M), and conference championships mean that Kansas State and Stanford are able to take a small hop up. BCS Buster Northern Illinois checks in at #16, which I disagree with wholeheartedly as they're yet to beat a BCS conference team with more than 1 win. Boise gets a solid boost with their 10th win against conference rival Nevada. Louisville stops a 2-game losing skid and sets themselves up to
get stomped by play Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
Here's the poll. Check below for a discussion-worthy question.
Results for Week 14
SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Rankings 2011
I think it's silly that Northern Illinois is given the opportunity to play in a BCS Bowl game. They lost their only game against a BCS team with any sense of legitimacy (Iowa), and even then Iowa only won 3 more games after that. Their opponents' combined record is an abysmal 55-89 (as in, 34 games under .500). Now, I haven't watched them play, but I feel like it's very unimpressive to have 12 wins against such inferior competition. Their best win? Probably Kent St. in the MAC Championship game, the same Kent St. team that gave Kentucky its only win this season outside of Samford, and by a 30-plus-point margin. The Golden Flashes played a schedule against teams that were 14 games under .500, and their best win was undoubtedly against a then-undefeated and #15 ranked Rutgers team. That one impressive victory over a team that's proven itself, along with a slightly tougher schedule, would have made me a little more accepting were Kent St. the team that made a BCS bowl, but Northern Illinois making it is very disappointing to me given their extremely weak resume. I hate the idea that we're rewarding teams with some of the biggest prizes for succeeding despite not being challenged.
What say you, readers? Is Northern Illinois BCS-worthy? Is Kent St. BCS-worthy? Is Georgia Tech BCS-worthy? (That last one is a lot easier to answer.)