Oh, my: Oklahoma is getting clobbered by Kansas State, LSU is handily beating Georgia, and USC skunked Oregon State. The BCS final rankings are going to be very, very interesting.

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  1. Steven says:

    Crud–and K State’s win over OU will kick Texas out of a BCS bowl, cuz OU will still get a bid (as #1 or #2) and K State gets the Big XII auto-bid and no conference can have more than two BCS teams. CRUD.

  2. Paul says:

    Predictions Anyone?

  3. I predict that fans of one of the three teams will be furious, the BCS will try again in the off-season to fix an unfixable system, and BCS apologists will say how good all this controversy is for college football.

  4. Well, LSU-USC looks like the best matchup, to me at least. If Oklahoma can’t stop Ell Roberson, they certainly can’t stop Matt Leinart or Matt Mauck.

    If you go by the “who lost to the best teams” it should be LSU-Oklahoma.

    If you go by MOV, it should be LSU-USC; those two teams lost close (USC by 3, LSU by 7). The Sooners were practically out of the game at halftime.

    Let me say this: any pollster rating OU #1 after today’s performance is on crack, and Jason White proved he’s not even the best QB in the Big XII South today, much less a deserving Heisman winner. IMHO, the best OU deserves is a trip to Pasadena where the Wolverines will eat them for lunch. And I’d rather see Michigan-KState with OU facing Miami or F$U.

    (I guess the open question is who the second BCS at-large pick will be. Neither tOSU or Tennessee are satisfactory picks, IMHO, but it’s between them.)

  5. James Joyner says:

    I’d rank them USC, LSU, Oklahoma. I don’t see how a team that didn’t win their own conference can be a national championship contender, although it’s happened before.

  6. Steven says:

    My guess is that OU stays in the Championship game. An awfully lot will depend on the computer polls. It will not suprise me if OU only drops one slot in the AP and Coaches poll–and I expect that some voters will still rank them #1 amongst three teams with 1 loss.

    Should be interesting. But someone above is correct: one of the teams is going to be hacked off.

  7. James Joyner says:

    The early speculation seems to be that USC will wind up #1 in both polls–but excluded from the BCS championship game. How screwed up would that be?