Archive for Thursday, November 30, 2006

Column: Wolverines or Trojans, who deserves shot?

November 30, 2006

For everyone outside of the Southern California area that cheered for the Texas Longhorns last January, you better get ready to root for Ohio State, thanks to three stupid letters.

Once again, the Bowl Championship Series, or BCS, will pit two of the top teams in the country against each other for the NCAA championship, instead of the best two teams.

As long as the University of Southern California can take care of its rival, University of California-Los Angeles, it will be playing OSU in the BCS championship game on Jan. 8.

Instead of the No. 2-ranked Trojans playing the No. 1 Buckeyes, it should the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines. It would be the rematch of the century, as some have called it. But instead "style points" are helping USC make its way into the title game.

Ohio State sits at 12-0, while Michigan, USC and Florida only have one loss. Michigan's loss came at the infamous "Horseshoe" in Columbus, Ohio. The Wolverines lost to the Buckeyes by three points on Nov. 11.

USC lost to unranked Oregon State 33-31 on Oct. 28. Then the Gators' only loss came at the hands of once highly-ranked Auburn. Florida led at halftime of the Oct. 14 game, but lost 27-17.

So, it would seem as though Michigan would be the favorite to play Ohio State in a rematch for the national title. But think again, the BCS has USC ahead of the Wolverines by a few margins of a point.

The Trojans have played three more teams that should be in bowl games than Michigan, but in common opponents, Michigan would have the advantage.

The Wolverines destroyed Notre Dame by 26 points in South Bend, Ind., early in the season. USC beat the Irish 44-24 in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Which victory is more impressive? I would lean toward the 26-point road victory over the 20-point home win.

Plus, Michigan's only defeat was by three points at its biggest rival, which just happens to be the best team in the country.

I, for one, would love to see a rematch of the classic game between the Wolverines and Buckeyes. I watched the first match up on Nov. 11 and it was an instant classic.

The rematch would be on neutral turf between two historic rivals. Plus, I think I speak for many people when I say I am sick of seeing USC in the title game.

I am not a Texas fan, but I rooted loud for the Longhorns last winter when they beat USC in the Rose Bowl. I want to see two new teams play this year, plus the rematch factor would be a great storyline leading up to the game.

I hate the BCS! I am one of the college football lovers who would love to see the BCS thrown in the same trash pile as the XFL (Extreme Football League) and Ryan Leaf's worthless National Football League career.

Until then, we must bicker and dispute the wretched system, until the NCAA will create a four- or eight-team playoff system.

This year would be perfect for the four-team playoff. One game would be Ohio State vs. Florida and the other would be USC vs. Michigan. Both games would be at a neutral site.

Then the winners play for the national title in Arizona, as already planned. Instead, we are forced to allow the BCS to decide the two best teams. Maybe this year, the Buckeyes should be crowned champions, while USC and Michigan can play to see who the second best team in the country really is.

I know one thing for certain; I will be cheering for UCLA to win its game Saturday. Go Bruins.

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