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Just when you thought that there was just a couple of things ready to be settled, the entire BCS system, Bowl games and National Championship was thrown into a chaos beyond all measure.  There will be no clear cut #1 and #2 tomorrow, and as such, controversy will reign supreme again, something the BCS System was allegedly designed to eliminate.

In Saturday’s games, both #1 Missouri and #2 West Virginia lost to #9 Oklahoma and unranked Pittsburgh respectively, clearing the way for a free for all tomorrow, as the Championship will be decided again by polls, something the BCS vowed to eliminate years ago when it was introduced. However some things we do know.  By virtue of their ACC Title win Virginia Tech will earn at least a trip to the Orange Bowl. LSU clinched at least a Sugar Bowl bid by defeating Tennessee  to win the SEC Championship. With Oklahoma’s win, and USC’s win over UCLA, they both earned host status for the Rose and Fiesta respectively (most likely). However, its all muddy after this.

Coming into Saurdaywe had the BCS top 15 teams aligned as follows

1. Missouri – Lost to #9 Oklahoma
2. WestVirginia – Lost to unranked Pittsburgh
3. Ohio State – Did not play – Won Big Ten Title
4. Georgia – did not play
5. Kansas – did not play
6. Virginia Tech – Won the ACC Championshp beating #11 Boston College
7. LSU – Won the SEC Championship beating #14 Tennessee
8. USC – Won the Pac-10 Title Defeating unranked UCLA
9. Oklahoma – Won the Big-12 Championship defeating #1 Missouri
10. Florida – Did not play, came in 3rd in the SEC East
11. Boston College – Lost the ACC Title game to #6 Virginia Tech
12. Hawai’i – Defeated Washington, Won WAC Title. Only Undefeated FBS team.
13. Arizona State – Defeated Arizona – Runner Up in the Pac-10
14. Tennessee – Lost the SEC Championship game to #7 LSU
15. Illinois – Did not play, Runner up to the Big Ten

With #1 and #2 goin down, this should NOT be a case of everyone just moving up. There are more considerations to be considered..

I think that Ohio State certainly deserves the #1 spot at this point, since they went 11-1 and won the Big Ten Title. They deserve the chance to play for the national title.  After this, it gets very jumbled up.

I dont think Georgia should automatically move to #2, even though they were #3 last week. This would place them in the National Title game, having not even won their own division, much less their conference. So Georgia probably slides a few spots.

I dont think Kansas moves to #2 either for the same reason. They were unable to win the Big-12 North and wouldn’t bring any championship to the Title game. They’ll slide.

The next consideration comes between Virginia Tech (ACC Champion), LSU (SEC Champion) and USC (Pac-10 Champion), each with 2 losses.  Either of these are deserving for a shot at the title versus Ohio State. So you have to wonder – which would match up best?

Virginia Tech ends the season with an impressive 30-16 victory over BC, and on a 5-game win streak including the ACC Championship. They are the hottest team of the three, and with the tragedy there earlier this year, it would be a fitting end.

LSU can brag that they have been #1 twice this year, but got  knocked off. They did win the SEC Championship, and have won 5 of their last 6 games. However, their defeat of Tennessee was not decisive. But they defeated Virginia Tech earlier in the year 48-7, granted VT was not playing its best ball. Their two losses were an overtime loss to Kentucky (then #17) and to unranked Arkansas.

USC – The Trojans have been #1 once this year. They lost to Oregon (ranked #2 at the time), and unranked Stanford.  They finish the year with 4 straight wins and 6 of their last 7, including a very decisive win over then #4 Arizona State.

Its very possible that all three of these schools jump up and over Georgia and Kansas leaving our BCS 15 to look like this:

1. Ohio State
2. Virginia Tech
3. LSU
4. Oklahoma
5. USC
6, Missouri
7. Georgia
8. Kansas
9. West Virginia
10. Florida
11. Hawai’i
12. Arizona State
13. Illinois
14. Tennessee

Thats a first cut, I’ll be back later for more.

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