I couldn’t help but ponder that question when the final whistle blew at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl last night, watching Cam Newton search the crowd for — and eventually finding — the father Auburn’s Athletic Director, and the ESPN broadcast, said wasn’t in attendance.
Sure, we as college football fans can choose to ignore a lot of things, but it’s hard to overlook the fact that the Auburn Tigers’ 22-19 victory over the Oregon Ducks marks the 5th straight BCS Championship for a team from the Southeastern Conference; a conference that now possesses 7 of the 13 Crystal Eggs awarded since the Bowl Championship Series’ inception back in 1998.
Here’s the breakdown:
- 1998: Tennessee (Beat Florida State 23-16)
- 2003: LSU (Beat Oklahoma 21-14)
- 2006: Florida (Beat Ohio State 41-14)
- 2007: LSU (Beat Ohio State 38-24)
- 2008: Florida (Beat Oklahoma 24-14)
- 2009: Alabama (Beat Texas 37-21)
- 2010: Auburn (Beat Oregon 22-19)
Now, considering there are five other conferences that are supposed to have a realistic shot at winning this thing — and the next best showing by any of them is the Big 12’s two Crystal Eggs — isn’t the SEC’s dominance of this party teetering on the precipice of preposterousness?
I wish I could say the absurdity of it all ended there, by merely looking at the actual champions, but it doesn’t. In fact, some of the SEC’s “misses” — within the context of its hits and intra-conference dynamics — actually add fuel to the fire…
And now for the big one. The one for all the marbles. The only marbles, depending on who you ask. The BCS Championship. Nick Saban and Mack Brown are both seeking their 2nd BCS Title tonight; Texas, its 5th Mythical National Championship…Alabama, its 37th (depending on who you ask).
After Central Michigan could only give us a push last night against Troy, Frumpzilla is sitting at 9-6-2 for our feature. With that in mind, we’re definitely in the playmoney regardless of what happens tonight, and that’s always nice. Still, think it’s time to press our luck a bit more than usual and try to get us to 11-6-2. Frump it here for how we’re gonna do this in a BCS Title game that packs a bit more drama than usual…
And now, the bowl we’ve all been waiting for. That’s right, Frumpsters, it’s Central Michigan vs. Troy in the GMAC Bowl; and timed perfectly, the night before the BCS National Championship. The whole staff here at Frumpzilla is thumped up for this one, espiecally considering that, after Iowa came through for us in convincing fashion last night (The Gingerhead Man owes me some booze for that one, by the way), we can hit double digits in the win column if when we pick this one correctly.
Expect us (and possibly you) to be 10-6-1 after tonight. Frump it here for why…
When I found out (from Ciaran) that I had missed the Cuke’s Fiesta Bowl rendition of the National Anthem, I was destroyed. Devastated. Cukes do not stay fresh forever, and these moments do not grow on trees (or in the ground). Shockingly, I could not find video of the performance; I found something much, much bettah…
Frump for additional Cuke.
Okay, so we missed a day, but I think B-Diddy’s excellent post on the Fiesta Bowl probably redeems us (despite his incredible insensitivity).
Now sitting at 8-6-1 for the feature, tonight we take a look at what appears to be a relatively drab matchup between the Iowa Hawkeyes and ACC Champion Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. 8:20 PM ET, Fox.