Advocates for either a playoff system or the current BCS way of determine a national champion scored points when USC didn’t on its final possession in a stunning loss to UCLA.
The rare sight of Pete Carroll actually humbled explained more than words just how Southern Cal approached the game. Take nothing away from the Bruins, which played a rousing game on defense and were deserving winners. We saw this coming and Carroll could do nothing to make his team focus on the matter at hand, which was to defeat their archrival.
The loss opened up a Pandora’s Box for the BCS and created one of the wildest and most exciting Saturdays in college football history. For once, all the conference championships were hotly contested and highly entertaining. Add the Wake Forest miracle 12-1 morning opener with Rutgers’ 3-OT loss to West Virginia in prime time and capped off by Oregon State’s late night upset of Hawaii.
Channel surfing was never better.
"It was an amazing day," said Mark Dufty, director of race and sports at Jerry’s Nugget. "Championship Saturday gave us a lot to talk about. Our customers were stunned over the USC outcome.
"I thought UCLA would make it tough on the Trojans," Dufty continued. "USC had played emotional games back-to-back with Cal and Notre Dame. I knew the Trojans wouldn’t lay down, but felt it would be hard for them to remain that high. The situation was perfect for UCLA."
Not to mention the result.
"We had a lot of USC money here," Dufty said. "It was our best game of the day. We also did very well on the Oregon State upset over Hawaii. There was a good amount of money wagered on Hawaii. Give the Beavers a lot of credit."
In the wake of Florida surviving another scare, this time against Arkansas, we were swamped in debate over the merits of who should be No. 2, whether the SEC is the best conference in the country, and more outcries for a playoff.
"It would be a win-win situation and generate tremendous revenue for both the books and fans," he said. "I’ve been a proponent of playoffs for 20 years. The BCS is flawed. Twenty years from now, sports historians will look at the BCS as a farce, much like prohibition was. I hope it’s within my lifetime."
One thing you can say for the current BCS system, it’s not boring. Every game really does mean something. We’re not getting involved in the discussion of Ohio State’s opponent. I’m just as excited to see Oklahoma play unbeaten Boise State in the Fiesta and Wake Forest head to the Orange Bowl.
In Las Vegas, we just want to see games with betting lines and posted totals. Show us the money and we will come.
There are 32 bowl games on the docket, capped by the national title game in Glendale, Ariz. Bring them on.