A Merciful End
Whether or not the chaos continues, the BCS delivers its verdict Sunday
Nov. 29, 2007
By Jerry Palm
Special to CSTV.com
Jerry runs the web sites CollegeRPI.com and CollegeBCS.com and a CSTV.com analyst. E-mail here!
The final week of the season is upon us. Will this finally be the week of sanity in a season of chaos, or will we suffer through a week of ratings whiplash?
We should know late Saturday night. No. 2 West Virginia and Pittsburgh kick off the Backyard Brawl at 7:45 p.m. ET with the Mountaineers a four-touchdown favorite. Normally, a
No. 1 Missouri and No. 9 Oklahoma get going 15 minutes later in
Sitting back, hoping one of those two go down is No. 3 Ohio State. If either of the top two loses, the Buckeyes would move up to the title game, barring some sort of voter revolution.
Should both of the top two teams go down, and isn't that what we should expect this year, we get what amounts to a seven-car pileup on the road to the BCS title game.
The team with the best chance to step up to No. 2 in that case is LSU, provided the Tigers beat
The Hokies play Boston College for the ACC title Saturday afternoon and currently lead LSU in the BCS standings on the strength of better computer numbers. That might be true after Saturday's games as well. The voting numbers are virtually even between LSU and Tech, proving once again that voters have no long-term memory. LSU pounded the Hokies 48-7 back in September.
The voters' decision between those two teams could end up coming down to Style Points - who looks better on Saturday.
If both LSU and Virginia Tech also lose, that could open the door for
In order for OU to get past
There is also some intrigue further down the list. Hawai'i checked in at No. 12 last week, which is the lowest the Warriors can be and automatically qualify for a BCS bowl. That doesn't mean that they can simply win and get in. The two teams right behind them, Arizona State and
Finally, there is even a scenario in which BYU, sitting way down at No. 19, can automatically qualify for a BCS game. First, they need to win their own game against San Diego State. Then, they need
In a season like this, who can say this won't happen?