In a BCS title game, USC would be favored over ... everyone
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
The Pac-10 blog has often called USC the most-talented team in the nation.
While something like that can't be measured and proclaimed a fact like, say, 2 + 2 = 4 is a fact, most folks without an agenda recognize that as a reasonably true statement.
Some know it to be reasonably true but deny it because they have an agenda. Others make fuzzy arguments and use hackneyed terms like "overrated."
We've also noted that USC would be favored against any other team.
That bothers many folks.
The Pac-10 blog seeks not to bother.
It merely seeks that which is reasonably true amid a maelstrom of regional emotions that are insufficiently governed by a BCS system that often confounds that quest.
So... this from Chris Fowler's column should help everyone who's been confused and bothered by the Pac-10 blog's quest for truth.
Fowler checked in the Wynn sports book in Las Vegas. Here's what he found:
While we're on the topic, here are some of their other thoughts on potential matchups for the BCS title game in Miami:
- Alabama would be an underdog against any of the Big 12 teams it could face. Texas Tech or Texas would be rated about a touchdown favorite and Oklahoma would be favored by 8½. USC would be an 11-point pick over the Tide in by far the most lopsided (on paper) potential title game.
- The Trojans, in fact, would be favored over all potential BCS opponents. OU would be a 2½-point underdog to USC, Texas Tech a 4-point dog, and Texas 5½ points. One of the most evenly matched title games would be USC and Florida, with the Gators a 1½-point underdog.
This doesn't mean that USC should, necessarily, be rated ahead of any other one-loss team questing for inclusion in the BCS title chase.
It merely means that folks who insist that USC shouldn't be included in the discussion are not taking a reasonably true position.