With Boston College’s first loss last night, we are well on our way toward a repeat national championship game of last year. When B.C. was still undefeated, it looked like we were heading for a title match between two undefeated teams from very weak conferences, a far from preferable end to a great college football season. Now that B.C. is out, LSU is back in the hotseat; and if both teams win out, January’s championship will once again feature an undefeated Ohio State team getting trampled by a one-loss power house out of the SEC. The only difference is in the name, replacing Florida with LSU.
Of course, many things could happen between now and then to change the title ticket, we’ll start with the possibilities I would welcome. I would love to see an Ohio State defeat between now and the end of the regular season. The likely candidate to end Ohio State’s undefeated run would be Michigan. Assuming both LSU and Oregon win out, our title match would then pit the two winners of this season’s best conferences: the SEC and the Pac-10. This is my ideal situation,
I can’t think of a better championship match up.
Here’s a different possibility that I haven’t heard anyone else kick around yet: what if the Kansas Jayhawks go on to beat Missouri AND Oklahoma to win the Big 12 conference and finish the season undefeated? If a BCS conference team finishes the season undefeated, don’t you have to put them in the title game, especially if they beat two top 10 teams to get there? Granted, this still seems totally unlikely, and I’m not even sure if the BCS polls would let Kansas leapfrog
LSU to get to the number 2 slot, but let’s play out the scenario anyway. If the championship game ends up between Ohio State and Kansas, we are in a no win situation. If Ohio State wins, we will have a champion team who most will agree was never really tested. If Kansas wins . . . well . . . I’m not sure that the sporting community is prepared for a world in which the Kansas Jayhawks are the national college football champions.