Missouri, West Virginia Losses Send BCS Looking For Answers Again

Saturday, December 1st 2007, 10:54 pm
By: News On 6

Can you believe this? The folks who run the BCS computer certainly can't.

The last big Saturday of the college football season was pretty much like the rest of them -- nothing went to form.

No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia each lost and blew their chances to play for the national title. That opened the door for Ohio State, the clear No. 3, to play in the BCS championship game January 7 in New Orleans. There are no fewer than six candidates to face the Buckeyes -- including Georgia, LSU, Kansas, Virginia Tech, Southern California and Oklahoma, the 38-17 winner over Missouri in the Big 12 title game. All those teams except Kansas have two losses.

"I'm getting ready to get in the fetal position and crawl under my desk," joked Jerry Palm, the BCS analyst who runs www.collegebcs.com, when reached Saturday night.

Palm thinks LSU is the favorite to take the spot opposite Ohio State in the championship game, though he conceded nothing is for sure.

"Virginia Tech might have better computer rankings. Oklahoma might be better with the polling numbers," Palm said. "But I don't think either has the combination that LSU will have."