1. By now everyone has heard that if there is a three-way tie in the Big 12 South the highest ranked team in the BCS will play in the Big 12 Championship Game. That means the humans (66% of the BCS Poll) will determine the Big 12 South representative. Let’s assume Oklahoma sinks the pirate ship at home next week. Try to sway the pollsters by arguing which team you think should face off against the Big 12 North.
I do not have a dog in this fight, but I will say Texas. They beat Oklahoma, shredded Missouri, beat Oklahoma State, and lost on the greatest play in Texas Tech history. Not bad for four weeks work.
2. ESPN is aggressively bidding on the rights to the BCS when Fox’s contract expires after the 2009 season. My half-baked theory is if they do win the rights they will push for a +1 system. Lucrative television deals have landed ESPN in bed with each of the BCS conferences. The revenue a playoff would generate could be a huge motivator for the four letter to be the common denominator and unifier among the conferences that finally helps them all to see the light of why a playoff would be good for college football. Help expand upon or debunk this theory.
I firmly believe a playoff is closer than we think and if it takes the Worldwide Leader to get us there then so be it. I think a playoff is in the best interest in college if kept to four, or even eight teams, but I say that with a twinge of sadness, knowing the the Ohio State Michigan game will never be the same. But with the crash of hedge funds hurting college endowments, university and conference presidents will be looking for any additional stream of revenue possible. A playoff seems like a sure moneymaker.
3. Rivalry week is around the corner. How do you think your team will fare? Feel free to talk a little or a lot of trash.
I have a vested interest in The Game and I feel fairly confident, but not bulletproof. There has only been one time in the last 15 years when I was totally free of nerves for this game and that was 1998. That was the most talented Ohio State team I can remember and they were playing an average Wolverine squad coming off a national championship season. Michigan had no chance that afternoon.
For whatever reason, I do not have that same level of confidence this week. I know Michigan’s chances are not great but they have a little history on their side and sometimes that is all you need in a rivalry like this one. I have seen Shawn Springs fall down. I have seen Biakabutuka run for 300 yards. I have seen Stanley Jackson run a screen pass to a Michigan LB.
I do not expect to see Nick Sheridan combine for 300 yards of total offense. But then again, I do not expect Tressel to be in a position “to go for three.”
4. And now for a little fun… Assemble your dream announcing team. Pick a play-by-play announcer, color commentator, sideline reporter and for the hell of it celebrity guest that drops on by.
Mike Tirico, play-by-play
Dick Vermeil, Analyst
Jack Arute, Sideline
I really wanted to be snarky with this response but I am getting very tired.