An Interesting Hypothetical
First of all, let me get this out of the way...
LEEEEEEEEEEEEROY JENKINS !!!
So Sunday night I was talking to JFu on the phone while watching the 2nd half of the Duke-VT game. I got off the phone and went to take a shower with about 3 and a half minutes left in the game with Duke leading by 9 and having all kinds of momentum. Hey Jack - since I missed the end, how'd that game turn out?
Okay, this is a momentous occasion in the history of the blog. Or at least it is for me. This post is the first ever from my own computer. I still can't believe I have the internet at my home on my own PC. No more posting at work. And to prove it......BOOBS! Ha ha. That felt good. And speaking of boobs, did you know that they have pornographic material on the internet now?! It's amazing! You guys might not see me again for like 6 years. And when I do re-emerge, I'll be covered in drool, barely be able to see anymore, and have Jim Abbott arms from all the...well...
Anyway, on to the main point of this post.
Now I'm not trying to re-open old wounds and I absolutely agree with the general consensus in these parts that playing ND in the Fiesta is the best bowl matchup for us outside of going to the National Championship. But, consider if you will the following scenario:
We beat Texas back on September 10th. The rest of the 2005 college football season plays out exactly the way it actually did.
My question: Who joins USC in the Rose Bowl?
Three teams have a legitimate (understatement) argument. (I'm not even going to go into why one loss Oregon can't go - this is Midwest Bias after all - we've been over it.) Let's look at the resumes:
Texas: One very early season loss to a top 4 team (Ohio State) on the road. Domination throughout the rest of the year as they run the table in the Big 12, which is not the best league in America, but nowhere near the worst.
Ohio State: Beat a top 4 team (Texas). Their one loss came to a top 4 team (Penn State) by only 7 points on the road at one of the most hostile environments in college football. This loss was fairly early in the year as well. For the most part, improved as the year progressed. Toughest schedule of the three.
Penn State: Beat a top 4 team (Ohio State). Their one loss came smack dab in the middle of the year on the absolute last play of the game in one of the most hostile environments in college football (Big House). The one team on the list that didn't actually lose to another team on the list.
So who goes to Pasadena, and who gets screwed?
My guess is that voters all hop on the Texas bandwagon simply because their wins (70-3 in a title game?!) were so dominating AND their one loss came so early in the year, which despite the Diddy's frustration, is apparently important to the voters.
And since the BCS is now so heavily weighted to give us what the voters want regardless of computers/strength of schedule etc., I think there's little doubt that the Rose Bowl matchup would be unchanged.
I'd love to hear arguments to the contrary though.
Follow-up question: Would this be the biggest BCS controversy yet? Methinks it would.