Make believe for a moment if you will that we live in a utopia, that everything is as it should be.
In short, pretend that all is right with the world of major collegiate football and there is a playoff to decide who reigns supreme on the gridiron. Wishful thinking, I know. A pipedream? Perhaps. As departed Beatle and eventual hippie/activist John Lennon intoned in his ballad Imagine, "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
So, in our utopia, the regular football season ends today and the four teams ranked highest in the Bowl Championship Series Rankings are, in order, Ohio State, Boston College, LSU, and Arizona State. This fab four will now duke it out on the field to determine who history will look upon as the national champion of 2007.
Okay, just to qualify, if it were a perfect world, we probably wouldn't limit ourselves to a four-team playoff. But we're willing to take this one small step at a time for the eventual giant leap that will hopefully be the final result. Now, where were we?
Seeded so that No. 1 faces No. 4 and No. 2 faces No. 3 in the semifinals of our playoff, The Ohio State University Buckeyes and the Arizona State Sun Devils are paired together as are the LSU Fighting Tigers and the Boston College Eagles.
Let the games begin…
No. 1 OSU 26, No. 4 ASU 14
Going up against the No. 1 team in the nation, the last thing an underdog can afford to do is give the superior opponent even more advantages than the ones they had prior to the opening kickoff. Unfortunately, for Arizona State, that's exactly what the Sun Devils did in committing five turnovers.
Four interceptions, one of which was a pick-six, combined with giving up a punt return for a touchdown, easily sealed the fate of the outmanned Sun Devils. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Arizona State's loss was the fact that it wasn't by more than 12 points with so many offensive and special teams miscues.
Of the Buckeyes 26 points in the game, a mere six points came by virtue of their offense.
No. 3 LSU 21, No. 2 Boston College 10
As far as the rankings are concerned it was a mild upset, but most pendants would suggest that the outcome in the fight between the Tigers and Eagles was expected. What may not have been expected was the way in which Boston College ultimately helped out LSU so much.
With under a minute to go, and virtually no chance of victory, the Eagles were intercepted by Chevis Jackson. It marked the fourth time in the ball game that Boston College was picked-off, mercifully ending a playoff game that wasn't as close as the 11-point margin of victory may lead some to believe.
LSU was led on the ground by Jacob Hester, who rushed 11 times for 84 yards and a score. Wide receiver Early Doucet added to the Tigers scoring with a 59-yard touchdown that helped bolster his four catches for 97 yards performance, and the defense even got in a bit of scoring when Jonathan Zenon returned an interception for a score.
Wins by the No. 1 Buckeyes and the No. 3 Tigers have set up our utopian national championship game. The moment everyone has waited for has arrived. Well, almost.
Check back tomorrow to find out the complete story of how the Virtual Tigers fared against the Buckeyes with everything on the line.
VIRTUAL TIGERS: Playoff Scenario
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