Shaping the BCS Title Game

The BCS title game is shaping up. There are actually quite a few left in the hunt going into this weekend. They say every week of the College Football season is a playoff, let’s see how this weekends playoff games look…

#1 11-1 vs. #9 10-2

This is where conference title games can go wrong. Right now Missouri sit perched at the top spot for the first time in 38 years but the Big 12 title game against Oklahoma looms for this weekend. OU won the first matchup earlier this season 41-31. Some say their experience is going to give them the win here and in fact the Sooners are favored by 3 points. Win and in Tigers…win and in! A win for OU can get them in the title game with some help.

#2 10-1 vs. 4-7

For West Virginia it’s “Win and in.” Standing in their way is a Pitt team that owns a 59-37-3 record in the series, although most of them are way back as WV has a 15-10-2 record since 1980 in the rivalry. Putting all that aside, WV is a 26.5 point favorite this weekend.

#3 11-1 vs. Big Ten that doesn’t have a title game that could push them forward.

While the other one loss teams are playing in their “playoff games” this weekend, OSU gets to sit on their Buckeyes and wait to see how it unfolds. See how another win in a conference Championship could help right now Big Ten? Could be a double edged sword here. If the Big Ten had a title game it could be enough to push Ohio State up in the polls. On the other hand, they may have to do nothing and slip into the National Championship.

Now some long shots…

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BCS can bite themselves

If everything plays out right the BCS can bite themselves. If Hawaii can manage to beat Washington next weekend and Kansas gets past Missouri and wins the Big 12, there will be two teams left unbeaten. Wouldn’t that be tasty?

An argument against a playoff and for the BCS is that the whole season is a playoff. Now if both of these teams make it unbeaten and one is left out (Hawaii) it wouldn’t be the first time but it sure wouldn’t look right. Ok, your going to start with the “Who have they beaten?”-that is besides the point. I’m talking about their argument that the whole season is a playoff. If they keep leaving unbeaten teams out they should be able to use that argument. If you make the “Who have they beaten” argument Ohio State should not really be sitting where they are. Youngstown State, Akron, and Kent State are not real tough opponents and the Big Ten sucked BIG TIME this year.

LSU falling to Arkansas was a kick in the ass. Depending on the way the ball rolled the BCS had to hope for LSU vs. Ohio State. OSU still has a very good chance to land in the title game with some help. Chances are they will even make it in over Hawaii if Hawaii goes unbeaten. That really grinds my gears.

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