Well ladies and gents, it's that time of year again -- time for giving. This year, it's the BCS computers that are giving the biggest gifts. This year's recipients include Illinois (9-3), West Virginia(10-2), and yes, you all know it already, Kansas (11-1).
I'm a big Tennessee Vols fan, but I will stick up for ole' Z-O-U on this one. To be snubbed for a team that they beat less than two weeks before voting is absurd. Not only can MU fans not believe it, neither can the rest of the college football world. Truth be told, Kansas themselves probably can't believe it.
And they shouldn't. Just less than a few weeks ago, Missouri beat Kansas fair-and-square on a neutral site, by a score of 36-28. MU took over the ranking as the No. 1 team in America, and less than seven days later lost that, as well as any chance of a BCS bowl game. KU however, sat in their living rooms eating popcorn, and watched last Saturday night while MU attempted once again to try to figure Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners out. (OU was MU's only two losses this season).
OU as we all know, won and has now advanced to the Fiesta Bowl to take on West Virginia, who lost to a horrendous Pitt team at home last Saturday, while MU was having it stuck to them in San Antonio. West Virginia got in because they were Big East conference champs, OU did as well (as Big 12 champs).
Ohio State did the same, in the Big Ten conference, and they won their conference championship game as well--eh, wait a second, they don't have a conference championship game. So, how did the Buckeyes, who got beat at home by 9-3 Illinois (who also lost to MU 40-34) get into the BCS title game? Simple. They sat at home and watched last weeks' games a few states over from Kansas.
Fifty-one days went by last year between Ohio State's final game and their BCS bowl game. They proved to the nation why they were put in the title game last year--to give Florida two titles in one season, one in basketball and one in football.
This season, it will be 51 days again, only this time, they will fall to the SEC-
powerhouse LSU Tigers, led by head coach Les Miles, who did what he should have last weekend, and manned-up and stayed put with his top-notch program, right before they went out to beat my Vols in the SEC title game. In Miles' three seasons as head coach, LSU has been to two BCS bowl games. Though they may have lost two games this season, both were in triple overtime. Good luck Buckeye nation, there's always the Michigan game.
Good luck also to Illinois. Be proud you slipped in, but USC should have fun winning another Rose Bowl championship.
Kansas' 109 out of 119 strength-of-schedule won't be enough to prepare them for Virginia Tech, who comes in as one of the hottest teams right now, and has played well all year, considering the horrible acts of violence that took place on their campus April 16. VT will take care of business Mizzou fans. Tell basketball coach Mike Anderson to get the troops ready for battle January 19, 2008, when "Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk" comes to town on the hard-
court. A side note of MU's football strength-of-schedule, it's 26th.
Probably one of the most intriguing games in the BCS bowl season will be between Hawaii and Georgia. The Bulldogs come in as one of, if not the hottest teams in the country right now, but will be facing the cannon-like arm of Colt Brennan, who has the nation's all-time record for touchdowns, 131, while playing on the island. Hawaii's record is also unblemished.
Though I'd love to see that remain, I still believe that the SEC is the strongest conference, so watch for rough seas as the Bulldogs should pull away late in this one.
My predictions, LSU over Ohio State, Georgia over Hawaii, Oklahoma over West Virginia, USC over Illinois and Virginia Tech over Kansas. SEC--2 wins, Big 12--1 win, ACC--1 win, Pac 10--1 win and Big Ten--0 wins.
Oh yeah, in that NON-BCS bowl, Mizzou should down Arkansas, the coach-
less Razorbacks--as long as they can contain Heisman-hopeful Darren McFadden. Mizzou and Arkansas meet up in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on New Year's Day.