Thanks to LSU’s choke against Darren McFadden (the proper choice for the Heisman) and the rest of the Arkansas Razorbacks and a football-filled Thanksgiving weekend that actually clarified some things, the BCS standings needed another bout of musical chairs-like rearrangement. Because of Les Miles’ inability to coach his team in an overtime setting (both of LSU’s losses came in overtimes), we now have a new number 1 atop the BCS polls.
Welcome to the party, Missouri Tigers. Enjoy your stay.
The top of the new BCS looks like this:
2. West Virginia
3. Ohio State
But how will it play out? Will these teams remain in their current positions? Given the fact that Missouri and West Virginia still have games to play, there’s no telling who will wind up in New Orleans on January 7, but we will try to clarify things a little:
On Saturday, the Tigers play Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship, giving Mizzou an opportunity to avenge their only loss of the season. Lots of Missouri defenders try to excuse the loss by saying the Tigers were in it until some mistakes in the 4th quarter gave Oklahoma the win. Sorry folks. A loss is a loss. It doesn’t matter if you look good doing it or not. When the historians look back at MU’s schedule, they will see a loss next to the Oklahoma game, not a disclaimer saying the Tigers played well but gave the game away when it mattered.
When you consider the fact that, much like Kansas, Missouri hasn’t played ANYONE of note (I don’t really count Illinois because the Big 10 is very average this year and Ole Miss was just horrid), it’s hard to see them beating Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. If they do happen to win, it’s welcome to Louisiana. If not, expect more BCS chaos to ensue.
West Virginia Mountaineers
Pat White and the gang are in a great position going into the final weekend before the bowl selection process. After dispatching conference foe UConn in convincing fashion, some expected the Mountaineers to leap-frog Missouri for the top spot in the BCS. Alas, this did not happen but West Virginia still controls their destiny. They finish the season with a home game against the 4-7 Pittsburgh Panthers.
Provided they don’t fall flat on their faces against Dave Wannstedt’s mustache, the Mountaineers will be in New Orleans on 01/07/08. Hide your couches.
Ohio State Buckeyes
With their regular season over (you may want to stretch this out next season, Coach Tressel), the Buckeyes can sit and watch this weekend play out, knowing if Oklahoma beats Missouri or West Virginia loses to Pittsburgh (better root for the Sooners, Buckeye fans), they will be playing in the BCS Championship game. While this OSU team may not be as strong as previous versions, they do have a chance. I just hope their fans can stand rooting for different teams on Saturday.
As of today, Georgia is probably playing the best football of any BCS team, but their two losses will be difficult to overcome. The only thing Georgia fans can do is hope both WVU and Missouri lose on Saturday. If that actually does happen, look for a Georgia/Ohio State National Championship game, much to the chagrin of Kansas fans everywhere.
Sorry Mangino fans, your team absolutely does not belong in the top 5 of the BCS (but then again, neither does Missouri). The Jayhawks have not played anyone of note all season and when they were given the opportunity to prove themselves, they failed. If you think this Kansas team could stand toe-to-toe with any of the 5 teams below them (LSU, USC, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Florida), then you haven’t been watching any football outside of the Big 12 North (something Jason Whitlock is obviously guilty of).
Of the 12 games they played, only three were against teams with winning records (Mizzou, Central Michigan and Texas A&M, a team so successful, they fired their head coach). The rest were either .500 or below. If that sounds like a team deserving of shot at the title to you, you may want to have yourself checked for delusional thinking.
As it stands, the only team I’d bet on making it to the January 7th match-up is West Virginia… and for all you BCS defenders out there, do you really think this is an acceptable alternative to a freaking playoff???
Agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think.