Three weeks in a row, teams have dropped the ball and lost the number one spot in college football. I definitely understand shy Alabama lost. Their schedule was going to make it almost impossible to run the table considering they play five straight games against teams that have two weeks to prepare for them.
Ohio State came in with all the hype in the world and then they get the top spot and fold like a blanket about to be stored in a closet against a well prepared Wisconsin team. Buckeye nation stood up and acted like they wanted to be front runners. Message board after message board had them as the best team in the country all year. Seriously though if you have seen the Buckeyes play, in the back of your mind you had to know that they weren’t good enough to win the national championship this year.
Well this past weekend the newest number one collapsed. The Oklahoma Sooners wilted like a mushroom in twenty degree weather. The Sooners were doomed from the opening kickoff. Quite frankly even the majority of the Sooners fans didn’t really think they deserved to be number one. Blog brother EdTheSportsFan even went as far as stating that the BCS messed it up. Either way you look at it, their ride was short lived, and their chances of winning the national championship may have gone down the drain with their last loss. I just hope our biggest follower Wildcard hasn’t done anything drastic since he bleeds Oklahoma football.
Now there are only a handful of teams left with a chance to play in the championship game. When the polls are released on Monday I expect the top five teams to be Auburn, Oregon, Boise State, TCU, and Michigan State with Alabama on the outside of that five looking in.
Here is how it boils down though. Strength of schedule could change everything. If Auburn remains undefeated until they play Alabama and Alabama finds a way to win, they could possibly move into the top 3 spots if none of the others lose. If Oregon runs the table they are in. Boise State’s schedule is so weak that they could actually fall as far as number 5 if the Virginia Tech Hokies drop a couple more games. TCU can only play for the national championship if they run the table and Oregon State wins out the rest of the year and two of the three teams in front of them lose at least one game and Alabama doesn’t win out and then win the SEC championship. Michigan State has to run the table and hope that Auburn and Oregon both lose a game.
With all this being said, there is a reason to believe, like I said on Friday, that teams really shouldn’t care what the BCS says right now because unless you win all your remaining games it means absolutely nothing. You can raise your voice, you can blog about it, you can go from message board to message board, but to be the champ you have to run the table. So stop worrying where you are in the polls, win the games and the rest will take care of itself. If the BCS messes it up at the end, then we will get upset and complain.