I'm back, apologies for the gap in posting here.
What we have now are various tiered clusters of teams sorting themselves out atop the heap in college football.
- Texas Tech
- Oklahoma State
- Penn State
- Ohio State
- Oregon State
And then it gets silly, but chief among the remaining teams I think Boise State, Utah, BYU, TCU, Michigan State and Cincinnati are worth mentioning.
I carefully place USC fourth. Anyone who has seen them this year knows their offense is almost comically inept at times but they're probably playing the best defense of any team in several years and may have finally found an offensive identity running the ball with abandon in the second half against Stanford last week.
The Big 12 is having an amazing year, but we already know that.
Oregon State is on a mission and I'm fairly certain they'll win out and with ease, cementing their first trip to the Rose Bowl in ages.
For selfish reasons I hope form holds for most of these teams. I'd love to see a Florida/Texas Tech BCS Championship game, or maybe Florida/Oklahoma (or Texas), with USC playing either Alabama with all that tradition or USC playing Texas Tech to pit the nation's top offense against the nation's top defense.
At first an Oregon State/Penn State rematch is unfortunate, but both teams have changed a great deal since then. Penn State is returning to Earth while Oregon State plays scorched Earth against the remains of its schedule. Neither team has been to Pasadena in a while, so its a feel-good story between two solid teams that will be much more competitive than the first time around.