Easy Road To The Big Easy
Ohio State and Georgia can non-play themselves into the national title game
Nov. 27, 2007
By Carolyn Braff
Carolyn is an assistant editor and writer for CSTV.com.
This Saturday, while Missouri is calling plays they hope will win them the biggest game in school history,
For the 11 teams in the Big Ten Conference, the regular season ended on Nov. 17, a full two weeks before the Big 12, ACC and SEC heavyweights finish slugging out their seasons on the gridiron.
And yet, while the top two teams in the nation play their final games,
In a strange, twisted rankings oddity that seems only fitting given the irrationality of this season, both
The catch? Neither team plays in either of those two games.
On Saturday, BCS Nos. 1 and 2 will still be in action while the Buckeyes and Bulldogs sweat out their fate. The script goes like this: If Oklahoma beats No. 1 Missouri for the Big 12 championship (very plausible) and No. 2 West Virginia loses to Pittsburgh (much less plausible), Georgia and Ohio State should be the one-two punch for the national title game - not by virtue of their own play on the final week of the season, but because everyone ahead of them lost.
Please address all thank-you notes for this bizarre scenario to the conundrum that is the BCS.
In case you haven't checked the BCS standings recently, a lot happened last week. Simply by sitting on their couches and smiling, the Big Ten's three ranked teams moved up considerably in the standings.
In terms of championships, the Big Ten is one crayon short of a box, one team shy of the 12 the NCAA requires to have a conference playoff to determine a champion, so
Which brings us back to this less-than-ideal situation. The top teams in the country should be selected by virtue of their prowess on the field, not their ability to withstand watching others fall off of it.
"I don't know if I'll be glued to a television," Richt said, discussing whether or not he would watch this weekend's
Welcome to the world of the Big Ten, where the teams are done early, the televisions are turned up and the faceless calculators of the BCS computers choose everyone's lot long after the pads are packed in.
Certainly, this I'm-done-before-you phenomenon is a two-headed monster. True, the Big Ten teams are not in danger of knocking each other off in the season's waning weeks, a la last Friday's
Suddenly those La-Z-Boys aren't feeling so comfortable, after all.
"The bottom line is everybody does have an opportunity to beat the next team," Richt said. "There's nothing in the bank. Everybody was predicting all these other scenarios and just about every one of them has been blown up."
If this final Missouri-West Virginia scenario bursts, all that remains is the keep-your-head-in-the-game Olympics. By the time the national title game rolls around, the Buckeyes will have had more than seven weeks off to practice their billiards skills and to try to keep their focus, something they did not do so hot last season.
If the top seeds can win this weekend - easier said than done for
The foosball players should never have a shot at the championship before the football players.