This year's clash of the titans will be dubbed "The Clash of the Coaches". Images from blog.oregonlive.com and Rex Arbogast, AP
The national championship game comes early this season. According to ESPN the two head-coaches that most define the BCS's first ten years, the two coaches that have withstood the test of time are USC's Pete Carroll and Ohio State's Jim Tressell (in that order). Carroll's Trojans have gone 70-8 in the past six years, winning 5 of 6 consecutive BCS bids (including going 2 for 3 on National Championships). Tressell's Buckeyes have gone 66-11 in the past six years, winning three of five BCS bids (including going 1 for 3 on National Championships). Tressel's recent image has been tarnished after back to back blowout losses to Florida and LSU in the '07 and '08 BCS championships.
For Tressel it's a chance at redemption. For Carroll, it's further proof that USC has merely reloaded its weapons. The Game of the 2008 Season, USC vs. Ohio State, goes down 9/13/2008 at the Coliseum.