Yesterday in college football, the last weekend of the regular college season the following occurred:
- The #1 team in the nation was an underdog to the #9 team…. and went out and got trampled.
- The #2 team in the nation was a four-touchdown favorite to an unranked team with a losing record… and went out and lost, despite some very favorable officiating.
I’m not sure when the last time the #1 and #2 ranked teams in college football lost on the same weekend, if ever, but that leaves us with the following situation:
- #3 Ohio State will end up in the National Championship game.
- It would make sense that the other team in that game would be the #4 team, which is Georgia, but… Georgia didn’t even win their conference.
- Which leaves us with #5 Kansas… who not only didn’t win their conference, but managed to lose to #1 Missouri, who, as mentioned above, lost last night.
- And then there’s #6 Virginia Tech, who actually did win their conference, but have been underwhelming all year.
Other teams with legitimate arguments for playing in the national championship game:
- #7 LSU—SEC champions, but they did lose last week to an unranked Arkansas team.
- #8 USC—PAC-10 champions. One of the hottest teams in the nation. Too bad about losing to Stanford.
- #9 Oklahoma. Hey, they did just bump off the #1 team in college football…
- And then there’s the long shot #12 Hawaii. They are the only undefeated team in major college football, and they have a QB who threw for 4,174 yards and 38 touchdowns on the year. When you consider that he basically only played in 10 games, that’s 417 yards per game and almost four TD passes per game. They have, admittedly, played a soft schedule, but there’s nothing they can do about that.
And if you thought the weekend in football couldn’t get any stranger, this afternoon features a game where the 0-11 Dolphins are favored to beat the 2-9 Jets. Not to mention the fact that the Monday night game features the largest point spread in NFL history….