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In the battle for the BCS Championship Game, there seems to be only one shoe-in for a definite BCS bid: the LSU Tigers. At an undefeated 11-0, the Tigers have stomped out the likes of Oregon, then-ranked Mississippi State, West Virginia and Florida. But contrary to popular belief, they are not the only undefeated team in college football.
The Houston Cougars, lead by red-hot QB Case Keenum, have been on a roll since their season began. Leading the NCAA in passing yard (447.5) and points per game (53.1), the dynamic Cougar offense has rolled over every team they’ve played.
So why are they only ranked ninth in the BCS Top 25?
Strength of schedule
The Houston Cougars have yet to play a single ranked team this season. They opened the year with a, beating UCLA by only four points and they barely inched out over Louisiana Tech, with a 35-34 road victory. But because strength of schedule — essentially, how good your opponents are — is weighed so heavily by the BCS rankings, Houston can’t possibly move up among the charts.
Even though the Cougars haven’t beaten anyone of importance this season, they still deserve the chance to show that they can compete on bigger stages against tougher opponents. Houston’s beaten their opponents by an average of 31.73 points per game; isn’t it time they get the chance to showcase their flammable offense against a team more suitable to extinguish it?
Arguably the best defense in the NCAA, LSU is ranked second for points allowed, only giving up an average of 10 points per game. However, some of us would rather see the No. 1 offense take on the No. 1 defense for what could be the biggest game of the year.
I was personally bored to tears watching the LSU-Alabama game a few weeks ago. And seeing as though all of the anticipation for an Oregon-LSU rematch was smashed when USC came and strangled the Ducks’ hopes of a BCS Title, who better to replace the Oregon “Quack Attack” Spread Offense than Houston.
The Cougars haven’t played anyone worth getting them into that game, but going undefeated has got to count for something. Give them a chance to take on a worthy opponent, and, guaranteed, it will be the most exciting game of the season.
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