Well a couple of the ESPN gurus are penciling Texas A&M in the fiesta now. Forget Florida only has 1 loss, not even mentioned. LSU was also left out of the conversation. Just like they shoved Alabama down our throats last year, the campaign has begun and they are the only voices the public gets to hear.
ESPN will continue to push this because that is what they want to see. The problem is whether they play Texas or Oklahoma, it is Big 12 football 2011. The committees will be trying to get the most lucrative and most intriguing draw. LSU pits defense versus Oklahoma offense. Besides, those two teams haven't met since 2003 (selling point). Oklahoma and aTm are virtually the same in style and played in the same conference against each other just last year. These committees are making a financial decision. The Red River shootout is still the biggest draw for a Texas team versus Oklahoma. They will test the match-ups and choose the one that reaches the most viewers in many cases, because it produces more ad buys.
Zach Mettenberger also benefited from the Alabama loss because of his play then and this weekend as well.
Look at the two recap opening paragraphs from the weekend:
aTm - Johnny Football and the SEC newbies from Texas A&M took down the biggest bully in their new neighborhood and left No. 1 Alabama with badly bruised national championship hopes.
LSU - Zach Mettenberger rifled accurate passes over the middle, lofted timing throws down the sideline and demonstrated for a second straight week that LSU could indeed move the ball through the air.
One paragraph sounds more marketable than the other.
This post was edited on 11/12 at 6:41 pm