So the final pre-bowl Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll is out, and guess what? Everybody's pissed about something, except for Ohio State and Florida, the two teams that received Golden Tickets to the big game. Different year, same BS for the BCS.
There is no dispute about who should be on one sideline in beautiful Glendale, AZ this January 8 to play in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game. Ohio State (12-0) has handled all comers this year and clearly stands out as the best college football team in the land. But who should they play? Who indeed?
Coming into this past weekend, it looked like the nation was headed for an Ohio State v. USC matchup. The Troy boys had only to beat their crosstown rival UCLA, who came into the game a mortal 6-5 to USC's haughty 10-1. But it was not to be. Apparently grown soft on their success in recent years, USC played like a spot in the BCS championship game was their birthright, and all they had to do was show up and the game was theirs. UCLA wanted the game more and it showed. For their effort, the Trojans backed into the Granddaddy of Them All.
The Southern California condoms will be joined in the Rose Bowl by this year's BCS third wheel, the Michigan Wolverines. The Ann Arbor ankle biters missed out on their chance to play in the national championship game by losing to the Buckeyes earlier this season in Columbus, Ohio. It was a close, exciting, well-played, hard-fought game decided by a last-minute field goal -- hardly a decisive blow in the battle to determine the best team in the country. But when it was all said and done, Ohio State had the game, and Michigan had their chance.
There is no M in Fiesta Bowl. Photo from Ozone.net.