If there’s a rallying cry for football fans who placed future bets on the eventual national champion, it’s probably "Hold all tickets!"
As the teams play musical chairs atop the BCS leader board, ticket holders of the BCS title game have seen their chances fluctuate more wildly than the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
After last weekend, in which No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Kansas both lost (the second time in two months that the top two teams have fallen), two new candidates for the championship game have emerged, Missouri and West Virginia, who both climbed into the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.
Of course, there’s no guarantee either will play in the BCS championship bowl, scheduled for January 7 in New Orleans.
West Virginia has to get past Pittsburgh in its season finale next Saturday, but they’re favored by four touchdowns.
On the other hand, Missouri will have its hands full with Oklahoma (—3) in the Big 12 title game in San Antonio on Saturday.
If either or both stumble this weekend, the door swings open for Ohio State (currently No. 3) and Georgia (ranked No. 4).
For bettors who backed LSU in the championship game, the Tigers upset loss to Arkansas in overtime was particularly, well, upsetting.
LSU had climbed back into the No. 1 spot since they were knocked off that lofty perch by Kentucky on October 13. But apparently, history can and does repeat itself, much to the chagrin of LSU coach Les Miles.
At least the winner of the BCS championship game should reward backers with a decent price. Even though LSU opened the season at 15-1, they were bet all the way down to —1.20 in some casinos.
The current No. 1 and No. 2 teams, Missouri and West Virginia, were listed at 5-1 and 7-2, respectively, to win the title.
At No. 3, Ohio State has a real shot at making the title game. The Buckeyes opened the season at 8-1, but were bet down to about 5-1. Hopefully, their backers kept their future tickets after the Buckeyes were knocked out of the top spot on November 10 by Illinois.
Georgia, which has been the hottest team in the SEC the past few weeks, opened the season as a 50-1 longshot to win the BCS. Prior to last weekend’s action their odds hadn’t dropped much, hovering close to 50-1 in some casinos, and as high as 100-1 in others.
But the Bulldogs would need the top two teams to falter in order to make the title game.
Of course, as we’ve seen all season, the top two spots have been vulnerable to the upset.
The season is coming to a close, but there should be plenty of fireworks over the final weekend. We probably won’t know until Saturday night which teams will be playing for all the marbles.
But, the way this season has gone, virtually anything can and possibly will happen