Sports media in today’s world is partly driven by overreaction. The hordes at ESPN make headline news out of a minor preseason injury to LeBron James, the Cowboys poor start and writing off the May struggles for the Phillies.
What could possibly trump the Worldwide Leader’s regurgitated nonsense? The BCS.
Prior to falling to Wisconsin last weekend, projections had then-No. 1 OSU as the fifth-ranked team in the BCS. Some people around Columbus were talking like they wanted to grab their torches and ignite the nearest couch in sight.
Now the question, following the beating the Buckeyes took last Saturday night, is can the Scarlet and Gray still conceivably reach the BCS title game?
The answer is yes, but not without a lot of help. Here’s a breakdown of what the title contenders face the rest of the season:
No. 1 Oregon still has to play at Southern California, home versus Washington, home against No. 18 Arizona and at Oregon State.
No. 2 Oklahoma travels to No. 18 Missouri and No. 17 Oklahoma State before their regular season ends. They’ll likely face Missouri or No. 14 Nebraska in the Big 12 title game.
Following their match Saturday, both No. 5 Auburn and No. 6 LSU have to take on No. 7 Alabama as well as the SEC East winner in the SEC championship game.
On Nov. 6, No. 9 Utah and No. 4 TCU square off.
No. 8 Michigan State is about to play their first game outside of state lines. A week from Saturday, they travel to No. 13 Iowa.
Mark it down: No. 2 Boise State will go undefeated, again.
You say so what? OSU still needs a ton of help. I say yes, but also consider the immediate past. Here’s a history lesson. Anyone remember the 2007 college football season?
Week 1: Appalachian State tops No. 5 Michigan.
Week 5: No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 Florida fall to unranked conferences opponents.
Week 6: No. 2 USC loses at home to 41-point underdog Stanford.
Week 7: OSU and South Florida rise to No.1 and No. 2 after previous No. 1 LSU & No. 2 Cal lose.
Week 8: South Florida falls to Rutgers.
Week 10: New No. 2 Boston College is stunned by unranked Florida State.
Week 11: Illinois runs roughshed over No. 1 OSU
Week 12: No. 2 Oregon loses Dennis Dixon and falls to Arizona. No. 4 Oklahoma is beaten by Texas Tech.
Week: 13: No. 1 LSU is topped by the Fighting Darren McFadden’s (Arkansas) in triple-overtime. No. 4 Missouri beats No. 2 Kansas.
Week 14: No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia choke in the final week of the season, giving rise to No. 1 OSU and No. 2 LSU, who ended up being the first ever national champion with two losses.
The point is to let the season unfold. There’s no clear No. 1 team this season. What needs to happen? The Buckeyes needs the SEC West to beat up on each other, TCU and Utah to lose and have Oregon and Oklahoma fall at least once.
Most importantly, OSU needs to win out and win impressively in each game. Their fate lies in the hands of the voters. Maybe they can put a phone call into ESPN for some overblown coverage as well.