Posted on: January 5, 2009 6:20 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If you have no rooting interest in the Fiesta Bowl, if you're not a Texas or Ohio State fan, there is only one team to pull for in this game: the Longhorns.
You want the Longhorns to win because that would produce utter BCS chaos and BCS chaos and outrage is what we want.
If there's chaos that will speed along the inevitable: a playoff system which is counter to the current stupidity in which college football finds itself immersed.
This is my Chaos Theory.
Texas wins against Ohio State. That's followed by Oklahoma winning later in the week.
If that occurs, both Oklahoma and Texas have legitimate claims on the title. The Sooners will have beaten a great Florida team and the Longhorns will have earlier in the year defeated the Sooners.
Utah has already demolished an Alabama team that spent a good chunk of the year ranked No. 1. Plus, Utah is undefeated. They'd have a legitimate claim.
So there would legitimately be three teams that would have claims: Texas, Oklahoma, and Utah.
Oh, wait, I forgot about USC. They're probably playing the best football in the country right now.
So, under my theory, that'd be four teams with a claim.
That would be wonderful. There would be some pretty powerful fan bases angry over this current system venting about it for weeks if not months. The only thing that would make me happier would be to see Doyel get his butt kicked in the boxing ring.
The chaos would again put the spotlight on this asinine BCS system and any time that happens, it's a good thing.
There are other chaos scenarios but I like this Chaos Theory the best.
So bring on the chaos.
Posted on: January 5, 2009 12:31 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It was an impressive scene. Jim Tressel's Ohio State Buckeyes had just been obliterated by LSU in the national title game. The following morning, at the airport in New Orleans, the Buckeye coach was waiting for a flight. Ohio State fans approached Tressel and asked for autographs. He gladly signed. They wanted pictures taken with him. He happily obliged.
No, it wasn't just an impressive scene, it was an incredible one. Because you knew Tressel had to be hurting inside. Badly. Yet he still signed and smiled and obliged.
Tressel had a classy moment but it doesn't obscure a simple fact: recently, for the most part, his Buckeyes have been terrible in big games. Stinky on top of ugly.
So it's not unfair to say that Tressel desperately needs this Fiesta Bowl game against Texas. He needs a victory as badly as any coach in college football has in a long, long time.
After blowout losses to Florida and LSU by a combined score of 79-38 another horrid performance will put Tressel's legacy at stake (if it already isn't). A win would at least temporarily stem the pain and criticisms of him as a big game failure.
He's got to win, he must win.
Another bad loss would cement the notion of Tressel critics that his one title was lucky and he's less John Coltrane and more like John Cooper.
If he can beat the Longhorns taking pictures with fans the next day will be even more fun than normal.