One of the reasons why college football will always be more exciting and more meaningful than, say, college basketball, is that teams only get 12 games to win or to lose. And, occasionally, even one loss—especially at the upper echelon of college football—can mean your team does not achieve its goal for an entire year.
Postseason bowl games, especially the highly lucrative BCS series, are the promised land—at least for now until they tinker with the current system to, hopefully, get our nation closer to some semblance of a playoff.
Looking at the 2012 schedules, some teams appear to have an easier road to a BCS bowl than others. In the Pac-12, for instance, while the bar will be set higher in 2012 because of USC's postseason ban being history and an influx of four new well-respected head coaches, Oregon and USC should only have their showdown on Nov. 3 in the way of a trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game.
In the Big Ten—and what are we doing about that name now that there are 12 schools?—reigning champ Wisconsin must play newly-scary Ohio State during the regular season but then can pretty much coast until the conference championship.
In the SEC, LSU has a bye week before the Alabama game in Baton Rouge, La. Sounds like cushy timing to me. And Georgia doesn't play LSU or Alabama until the SEC Championship Game, assuming the Bulldogs make it.
So, which of the probable highly rated teams will have a tough go making it to a BCS bowl game? Here's what I think.