It’s no secret that in the world of BCS championship games, nobody likes a rematch.
There’s never been one before, and in 2006 when No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan made a compelling case for round two after playing a 42-39 classic, the Wolverines were left out.
This season, when No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama met in early November, the top team in the land won by a field goal, just like the Buckeyes in ’06. Ever since, players, coaches, fans and pundits nationwide have been wondering—and debating—if the Tigers and the Tide should meet again for the title.
Up until last night, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the two SEC superpowers would play in the Sugar Bowl.
Then, Bedlam happened.
No. 3 Oklahoma State absolutely destroyed No. 10 Oklahoma 44-10 in their annular showdown Saturday night, making their case for a spot in New Orleans on Jan. 9.
Could it happen? Do the Cowboys actually have a shot at leap frogging idle Alabama and playing LSU for the crystal football?
Already last night, a number of experts sure seem to think so. At BCS Guru, they are predicting an LSU-Oklahoma State national championship game.
Still, there are those like Jerry Palm at CBS Sports who don’t believe that Oklahoma State came close enough to Alabama (32 points) in the Coaches Poll to jump ahead of the Tide in the BCS.
Does Oklahoma State deserve a spot in the title game?
Bottom line: Nobody is going to know for certain until the final rankings are released this evening.
As long as computers remain such a big part of the BCS puzzle, that is likely always going to be the case.
Statistical analysis and projections are great, but they aren’t fool proof. You can account for human sentiment and bias—like the desire to avoid a rematch for the national title—but computers obviously don’t care about that stuff.
One this is for certain: The Cowboys did their best to make things interesting.
Hats off to Mike Gundy and OSU for reminding everyone that they too are an elite team worthy of consideration for college football’s top prize.