The final year of the BCS has somehow managed to enter the final weekend of the regular season with a strong chance of avoiding any sort of controversy for its championship game.
If Florida State beats Duke for the ACC title and Ohio State downs Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game, those undefeated teams will face off Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif. for the crystal football. Despite what the SEC folks might think, if there are two unbeaten teams from BCS conferences still standing, they will play for the title ahead of a one-loss SEC team, strength-of-schedule be darned.
It's not "un-American," as suggested by Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs—it's the way the numbers came out.
But ours is an uncertain world, where nothing is definite, and the possibility of chaos and mayhem are always just a fluke tipped-pass or an extra second added onto the clock away.
While some teams are virtual locks to play in a BCS game, only Central Florida is guaranteed to be playing in a certain place and time in early January. There are countless scenarios that still exist for all five games, including some particularly scary (for bowl organizers) ones.