Yesterday, we started a little game of "What If?" and the responses have been pouring in.
With the help of our family of networks, we are looking at who would become the undisputed BCS National Champions if the BCS invoked an eight-team playoff system this season.
We started with top-ranked Alabama, the SEC Champions, facing eighth-ranked Ohio State, the Big Ten Champions.
Today, we look at the second matchup as second-ranked and Big XII Champion the Texas Longhorns battle seventh-ranked and Pac-10 Champions the Oregon Ducks.
No. 2 Texas Longhorns (Big XII Champions, 13-0)
The Texas Longhorns are either the toughest team in college football...or the luckiest. As proven in the last two weeks, a pair of teams that they were supposed to demolish gave them the fight of their collegiate lives. Now the Horns have shown that they are as tenacious as Alabama...but does that make them the outright National Champions?
They will have their chance to prove it as they will battle their way into the BCS National Championship via this year's playoffs.
Led by the dynamic duo of Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley, the Longhorns have managed to stay one step ahead of all the competition in the Big XII Conference. In the end, it took a long field goal to secure the postseason for the Longhorns. But if they hadn't won the Big XII, we wouldn't even be having this conversation. In any event, the Longhorns are here, so the what-ifs are pointless now.
No. 7 Oregon Ducks (Pac-10 Champions, 10-2)
For a team that has been on the outside looking in for quite some time, the Ducks started off on a bad foot. After losing a heartbreaker to Boise State (on top of their dark horse Heisman candidate), Oregon went on a severe tear that saw the likes of Cal, Washington, UCLA, and even USC become victims of a team determined to unleash hell on the Pac-10 Conference.
After taking out a dangerous Oregon State team in the annual Civil War, Oregon finally laid claim to the Pac-10 Conference and a trip to the Granddaddy of Them All, the Rose Bowl Game.
Despite losing LeGarrette Blount in the season opener, the Ducks found ways to get the job done with a sick and twisted offense and a stingier defense. Jeremiah Masoli stepped up in a huge way to lead the passing game for the Ducks, while LaMichael James stepped up in the absence of Blount to acquire nearly 1,500 yards this season.
With a pair of hard-knock runners and a mobile quarterback at the helm, there's no telling what could happen when they meet the Longhorns.
Be sure to vote this week for who moves on to the next round.
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