Before the Colorado game, Nebraska was atop the BCS standings, had only one regular season game to go and as the old saying goes, in control of their own destiny. Sitting pretty isn't appropriate as the actual position hardly suggests a position of comfort, but Nebraska had everything in front of them for the taking. After a humiliating loss to the Buffs however, things have certainly changed.
Nebraska dropped to 6th in both the coaches and AP and people held their breathe silently waiting for the BCS to come out.
Between the time the Huskers lost and the time the BCS came out, people both cursed and praised the BCS, some thinking that the poll would inevitably put NU out of contention and some believing that only the BCS would keep Nebraska in it.
After the poll finally did come out, Nebraska fans now find themselves back in the mix for the national title and the BCS all of a sudden becomes more acceptable.
This has always been the way of things though. When it comes to the Big XII title game, when Nebraska had a national title shot in the bag so to speak, there stood only one game between them and a shot at the MNC. NU fans cursed the games existence as this wasn't a chance to solidify their shot, but another chance to lose it and those supportive of NU bristled that this game even existed.
On the contrary, OU fans (prior to the Ok. State game) were grateful that this game was a reality allowing them another possible chance at NU and still another shot at the Rose Bowl.
If it favors you, you like it, if not…….well….it's all been done and said before.
Now, as much as Husker fans hate it, they become fans of the team that just got done pasting them hoping that Colorado can beat Texas, lofting Nebraska up one more spot in the BCS. Also, NU fans become fans of the Volunteers hoping beyond hope that Tennessee can put a stop to Florida's run for the roses. And as improbable as it is, everyone from the Big XII will be rooting for Virginia Tech to beat Miami, though after the Canes annihilation of both Syracuse and Washington, you might as well be hoping for Snow in California in the middle of June.
So, thanks to the BCS, Nebraska is still in the mix. Thanks to the BCS, Nebraska still has a shot at the national title and best of all, Nebraska isn't in control of it's own destiny as that hasn't been good for Nebraska in recent years.
The BCS has it's problems and will always have. My own opinion is that you can't mix opinionated polls (the coaches and AP) and a myriad of computer polls and come up with an "accurate" determinate on who goes where. Either have one or the other. That won't happen though but again, it won't matter.
If your team is in it because the BCS exists, it's a great system. If your team is out because the BCS doesn't think as highly of your team as the other polls, it stinks.
In the end, considering the history of all the polls over all of their history, the more things change the more they stay the same.
This week though: Thank God for the BCS