TM NOTE: The following post is authored by my big brother, Larry Marshall, who is an “incurable college sports fan.” He’s visiting and we spent Saturday glued to college football until the remote cried for mercy at around midnight. The fun we had also inspires a huge shout out to Gary Danielson of CBS for outstanding coverage that made the day immensely enjoyable.
LAST NIGHT the controversial BCS was once again turned upside down, much to the chagrin of SEC haters nationwide.
When the night began only 3 major college programs were undefeated, K State at number 1, Oregon at number 2, and the much loved/hated Notre Dame at number 3.
When the night was over, to everyone’s surprise, K State was pummeled by Baylor 52 to 24.
A lesser surprise resulted in the overtime loss by Oregon at home to Stanford by a 17-14 score, leaving only Notre Dame undefeated and sure to rise to the top of the BCS rankings when they’re announced this evening.
The likely outcome of last night will place Notre Dame number 1 in the BCS rankings, followed by defending national champion Alabama at number 2. Therein lies the next mystery to be developed by the voters and computers in the next week.
The real question is whether Oregon, previously number 1 in both polls and number 2 in the BCS rankings, will only drop to number 3 or fall behind previously number 5 Georgia and previously number 6 Florida, each of whom, like Oregon, have only 1 loss and are from the powerful SEC conference.
The reason this becomes an interesting question is because soon to be number 1 Notre Dame travels this coming Saturday to Southern California to take on USC on their home turf. If Matt Barkley’s injury last night prevents him from playing the Notre Dame game, this becomes a academic exercise. However, if Barkley is able to play and if USC can forego the mistakes that have plagued them this year, Notre Dame’s undefeated season could come to an end. Such a defeat would bring front and center the question of Oregon’s defeat and whether it will fall below Georgia and Florida in the final BCS rankings. Such a fall by Oregon would leave Alabama, Georgia and Florida as the top 3 teams in the final BCS rankings.
Since Alabama and George are set to meet in the SEC title game, one of them will no longer be in the BCS title hunt. However, the winner of the SEC title game will face Florida in the BCS title match up unless Oregon somehow manages to creep above Georgia or Florida in the final BCS rankings.
The obvious and ultimate result will be what most people outside the SEC are praying against, another SEC matchup for the BCS national championship.