The BCS National Championship is an opportunity for college teams to go for all of the Tostitos. All of the chips and the salsa lie in a single bowl game that will determine if the entire regular season had been bled for naught. The LSU Tigers are projected to boil over Ole Miss, skim past Arkansas and battle through Georgia in the SEC Championship, all leading to a BCS National Championship berth.
The problem with those standing predictions is that all others have crumbled in the light of teams that have been deemed of lesser talent, depth and/or substance. Iowa State was in an uncontrolled duel against the Oklahoma State Cowboys and in double OT managed to come out with the rights to an undefeated record that the Cowboys had once held. Of course it means nothing in the long haul for the Cyclones, but it completely knocked Oklahoma State out of the picture.
It would be too much like right if college football remained that simple.
However, analysts and experts are repeatedly being questioned this season as teams, who are supposed to win these games against unranked and desolate opponents, have come up short. This leaves the door wide open to NCAA basketball tourney-like disappointments and one-loss teams that have climbed back into the race. If a single loss knocks the Cowboys that far down the board, what matchups have regained life as the road to the BCS Championship struts on?