I have to get my last one in before we know who’s playing, so here we go….
BCS National Championship Game (Jan 7, New Orleans)
Ohio State vs. LSU
Look, LSU didn’t lose a single game in regulation all season. Frankly, they did what good teams will do sometimes…..lose close games to good teams. The fact that their season included wins over Florida, Auburn, and Virginia Tech will probably be enough to get them in. PLUS, a Coaching nightmare actually could have hurt them in voting-so Les Miles may have done them a serious favor by addressing the problem yesterday.
Now, I’ve been reading up on the BCS selection process, and how LSU-Ohio State affects the selection order of the other Bowls all day. If I understand it fully, and if I know how Bowls still pull under the table deals with each other, here’s how I think everything will shake out…
FedEx Orange Bowl (Jan 3, Miami)
Virginia Tech vs. Missouri
I think Missouri will look better than Kansas, especially thanks to the fact that they beat Kansas last week. I don’t think either team provides a travel bonus, so I’ll stick with the Tigers.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan 2, Glendale)
Oklahoma vs. Arizona State
I know the Fiesta Bowl doesn’t want them, but how could they convince the Phoenix community that they did the right thing by taking a 3 loss Illinois team instead of a 2 loss ASU team? They won’t be mad if they’re forced to take someone else instead.
Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan 1, New Orleans)
West Virginia vs. Hawaii
The Sugar Bowl COULD block the Rose Bowl from taking their home conference (SEC)’s 2nd option, but I think the Sugar Bowl would be satisfied with having the Mountaineers back on the Bayou.
Rose Bowl Presented by Citi (Jan 1, Pasadena)
USC vs. Georgia
If the Sugar Bowl blocks the Rose Bowl from taking Georgia, they’ll take Illinois, and Arizona State will be the trickle down loser in the BCS mess. Otherwise, they’ll like the historic matchup they’ll have in Georgia-USC.
Final Heisman Top 5:
Colt Brennan, Hawaii (It’s a shame no one was watching last night, as he completely won this award)
Darren McFadden, Arkansas
Tim Tebow, Florida
Chase Daniel, Missouri
Kevin Smith, Central Florida