From all across college football’s upper tier, last Saturday had that distinct and uncomfortable feeling like it was going to be one of those cataclysmic days when nearly every dream championship scenario of this exciting season was about to come unraveled. Top-ranked Alabama – this year’s supposed super team – was on the verge of being upset at Louisiana State. No. 2 Oregon – college football’s Greatest Show on Turf – was in a crazy shootout in the LA Coliseum against Southern California, and fourth-ranked Notre Dame needed triple overtime to beat unranked Pittsburgh.
I thought – I hoped, actually – that we were heading to the symbolic conclusion to college football’s imperfect process. How could it be any better than this? In the final season under the control of the fraudulent Bowl Championship Series, what more fitting end than to have all the top contenders fall out of the ranks of the unbeaten?
If ’Bama, Oregon and the Fighting Irish had all lost, we would have been left with the BCS computers spitting out a lot of craziness. Kansas State (who no one seems to be excited about), Ohio State (which is on probation) and Louisville (which plays in the sorry, no-account Big East) would have been the only remaining unbeatens from automatic qualifier conferences.