Last week at this time it had already been decided.
There were no lingering questions for some and matchup t-shirts were already being designed and printed.
LSU and Alabama were destined to meet again in New Orleans for the crystal football.
Someone forgot to tell Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys played nice all week long, being complimentary of Alabama, biting their tongue at what must have been uncontrollable vitriol toward any and everyone who had already wrote them off regardless of their result against Oklahoma.
That was then and 44-10 is now.
The Cowboys just didn't beat their rival, they obliterated them much like Alabama stomped all over Auburn. The only difference, and it's a big one, is that Oklahoma was a Top 10 team.
No longer is Mike Gundy being polite, but assertive in demanding that Oklahoma State now get their shot at LSU.
Is he right?
It's very hard to argue against him just as it is to argue against Alabama.
At this point I wouldn't have a problem with either team playing LSU in New Orleans.
When it comes to my own opinion, I would put Alabama in the title game over Oklahoma State. I just have a hard time swallowing that loss to Iowa State, much like Cowboy supporters can't overlook the stronger schedule the Pokes played when put up against the Tide's.
Who should face LSU for the national title?
There's an argument saying that loss to Iowa State was affected by the tragic plane crash that killed two OSU women's basketball coaches. Perhaps, but I don't think it's appropriate to bring tragedies into BCS politicking, especially when anyone can take a drive down 15th Street in Tuscaloosa and see what that community is still dealing with.
No, this argument should be settled on the field, but sadly that is not going to happen.
Back in 2008, SEC commissioner Mike Slive proposed a plus-one system that would have created a semifinal between the top four teams.
It was shot down.
So here we are, left to campaign like some slimy politician lobbying for votes.
We're left with talking heads dueling it out on 24 hours sports channels talking about good wins, bad losses and the eyeball test.
The BCS needs to die, plain and simple. Is it better than the old system? Perhaps it is, but it's still not good enough.
The game of college football deserves a better way to decide its champion and until then we will be stuck with this subjective mess.
It's not fair to Oklahoma State, Alabama and Stanford, just as it wasn't fair to Auburn in 2004 or even back before the BCS like in 1994 when Penn State was jobbed.
Yet, tonight we'll all tune into the BCS selection show and salivate for the results, giving the powers that be just what they want.
My name is angry college football fan and I approve this message.