The highly scrutinized BCS will be a part of sports history following this college football season, and while it is probably for the best, fans may never be treated to a regular-season Saturday quite as exciting and meaningful as the one we just witnessed.
It started at high noon, when the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes edged out archrival Michigan by the narrowest of margins, 42-41, following a failed two-point conversion by the Wolverines in the final minute. It seemed like the excitement meter from that game couldn’t be topped by those to follow, but that was far from the case.
Little did we know that Auburn’s Chris Davis would take a missed game-winning field goal from Alabama more than 100 yards in the Iron Bowl’s final play. It was one of the most memorable plays in college football history and sent shockwaves from Tuscaloosa all the way through Columbus.
So what will the BCS rankings look like with only one more week remaining in the season? If the USA Today coaches’ poll and AP poll are any indication, the Buckeyes will be sitting in the precious No. 2 spot with Auburn breathing down their necks.
|Samuel Chi's Projected BCS Rankings|
|2||Ohio State||12-0||Big Ten||3|
|6||Oklahoma State||10-1||Big 12||7|
|10||Michigan State||11-1||Big Ten||11|
|Jerry Palm's Projected BCS Rankings|
The biggest storyline from these projections is the fact that Ohio State is No. 2. If the Buckeyes are in that position when the actual poll comes out, it would be difficult to envision them being jumped in the future if they beat Michigan State. If Auburn isn't going to jump Urban Meyer and company after knocking off Alabama, it probably won't happen, barring an Ohio State loss.
It is also worth noting that Northern Illinois appears to be in position to clinch a BCS berth for the second straight year if it wins the MAC championship game. The Huskies would certainly love to have a better showing than they did last year against Florida State.
Finally, Alabama isn't dead quite yet. If Michigan State knocks off Ohio State, Duke beats Florida State and/or Missouri beats Auburn, the Crimson Tide could sneak into the national title game after all. It wouldn't be the first time a November loss didn't kill Nick Saban's title hopes.