Back to sports.
I am a Mizzou football fan. (I like the basketball team too, but I have been a bigger Memphis fan since Penny's Memphis State.) Anyway, it is unfortunate what has become of the Tigers' season. And it has come down to this: When Mizzou is destroyed by OU (prediction -- 63-35, with a large amount of Mizzou's points coming in garbage time), it will have ensured a Big XII-SEC BCS Title Game. (Can anyone really argue the winner of Florida-Alabama doesn't make it?)
This could be pretty exciting. After all, these are pretty much unarguably the two best football conferences in the country, especially with the disdainful efforts put forth by the Big East and Pac-10 this year. (Oregon State having a chance at the Rose Bowl, and Cincinnati easily winning the Big East? Ummmmm...) So the matchup would be a lot of fun -- easily more fun than the "Hicks and Heehaws" (MU vs. WVU)battle described by Mike Freeman, with a disgusting degree of reverse racism, around this time last year.
I think Florida will win this game without much of a problem. Tim Tebow is the Tyler Hansbrough of College Football, but a lot better -- same intensity, more skill, and way less douchebaggery. Ever since Florida lost to Mississippi, Tebow will not let this team lose -- he won't even let it win by less than 40. I just don't think he can be stopped.
So since I don't think Mizzou will come within light years of posing a threat to OU, and I think Florida will win, I guess I am logically predicting a Florida-OU BCS Title Game.
The only real problem that could have arisen this year in the BCS, then, is what has already happened to Texas. Because even if OU somehow loses, really only Texas will have a legitimate claim to the title game. (Although I have littled faith in Mizzou's ability to pull off this upset, I am obviously not going to argue it simply isn't possible.) Alabama would be a victim of timing and the fact that never will two teams from the same conference face off in the Title Game. USC is solely a victim of circumstance -- now is not a good time to be #5 with only a game against a second tier program left. Texas Tech and Penn State (the next-closest 1-loss teams) just haven't looked strong enough lately, and specifically to TTU, Graham Harrell just had about 80 pieces of his (throwing!) hand reattached. And Utah is...Utah.
So it's clear: The BCS Title will be (reassertion of my prediction in bold): Florida/Alabama vs. OU/Texas. Where's the problem this year? What's going to allow media outlets to resound with holiday complaints about the system?
Could it really actually work?
Oh, crap. It can't. It already screwed Texas. Oh well -- that's more the Big XII's fault anyway.