Let’s take a short break from current events to talk about college football and the upcoming bowl season. As it does every year, the Bowl Championship Series has again managed to create controversy in its picks.
In my opinion, Texas got screwed. The national championship game will pit No. 1 Oklahoma (12-1) vs. No. 2 Florida (12-1). The only sticking point is that No. 3 Texas’ (11-1) beat Oklahoma in a head-to-head match on a neutral field, and their only loss came on the road to a fiery No. 7 Texas Tech (11-1) team, while Florida lost at home to a mediocre Ole Miss team. I don’t know how you can discount the results of a direct matchup and award the higher spot to the loser because they might have been playing “better football.” Florida probably beats Oklahoma, but we’ll see.
Now Texas is sure to have a chip on its shoulder coming into their Fiesta Bowl game against my own No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes. That’s gonna be a tough one for the Bucks, and hopefully it’ll be a good game. No. 8 Penn State travels west to take on No. 5 USC. I think USC wins that one, and I think No. 4 Alabama will beat undefeated No. 8 Utah in the Sugar Bowl, though I hope Utah keeps it close or even gets the upset. I don’t know who wins the Orange Bowl: No. 12 Cincinnati or No. 19 Virginia Tech.
And you know who else got screwed? Boise State. The Broncos, who two years ago beat Oklahoma in a dramatic fashion, are now ranked ninth and relegated to playing December 23rd in the Poinsettia Bowl against No. 11 TCU. That would have been a much better Orange Bowl in my opinion, but these two schools suffer from the non-BCS conference curse. It’s somewhat nonsense since BCS conferences like the Big East, the Pac-10 and the Big Ten are very down this year. Boise State is also being punished for Hawaii’s blowout loss to Georgia last year. It’s unfair, and it makes a playoff that much more appealing. Though I’m sure they’d probably screw that up too.