As a Georgia Tech fan, I played the old "what-if" game for this season. What if Georgia Tech had played Miami later in the season when the Hurricanes looked like an average team, not the team that may have been the best team in the country on that Thursday night in September? What if Georgia Tech beat Miami and entered today's game with instate rival Georgia undefeated?
Then, I came to the sad realization about college football. It would have meant absolutely nothing. Georgia Tech would have been ranked No. 4 behind the two SEC schools and Texas. Georgia Tech fans would be praying that Nebraska could find a way to upset Texas next week. Georgia Tech fans would be hopeful that Tim Tebow's arm falls asleep during his 10-minute hug with Urban Myer today at Senior Day, but recovers in time to beat Alabama next week. So fans in Atlanta would feel exactly like the supporters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fort Worth, Texas and Boise, Idaho.
Sad, sad, sad. Imagine putting an entire year's worth of work into a season and not having a chance to prove you're the best in the nation. Come to think about it, maybe I'm glad Miami beat Georgia Tech - much less disturbing to think about.
So do these final three games matter? And no, I don't benefit financially whether Georgia Tech plays TCU in the Orange Bowl or Tennessee in the Peach Bowl. Come to think about it, the latter may be a little more convenient. But yes, they do matter. Remember our friends in Athens a few short years ago. An impressive win over Georgia Tech and Hawaii helped lead Georgia to a preseason No. 1 ranking. Tim Tebow- gone, Colt McCoy- good luck in the NFL, Mark Ingram, well, No. 2 wouldn't be so bad. At least next season would have a chance to mean something.