SjT: B ... C ... S ... CHAOS!!!

Saturday's upset of #2 USC opens the door wide for a rematch of Ohio State and Michigan, something that would be great for the Big 10 and maybe restore some of our conferences' glory, even if, as Steve points out, it would mean the Big 10's 2nd national champ in 5 years.

It'll be interesting if we see all those anti-Michiganders jump on the Florida wagon now
or if they accept that the Big Ten has the top two teams in the nation! And maybe the cries from SEC land about being screwed for the second time in three years (legit cries, IMO) will lead to a playoff.

What a gutsy win by UCLA. They seemed to be getting no help from the refs (a clear helmet-to-helmet hit on 3rd down late wasn't called as it was vs. Michigan in Columbus), but pulled it out.

Actually, I wouldn't complain too much about an OSU-Florida title game either because it would lead to a much better BCS bowl lineup (Big East vs. Wake and Big XII vs. Boise State seem certainties either way, but if Florida goes to the title game, we get a USC-Michigan Rose Bowl and Notre Dame-LSU Sugar Bowl).

If it were anyone else but the Bucknuts, I'd feel bad about the rematch and how tough it'll be to beat a team twice. But this is a good thing for the Big Ten and even better for NU fans since we now don't have to root for the Buckeyes in a bowl.:) The only sad thing is that Wisconsin will almost certainly be a top 5 BCS team now and still get screwed out of a BCS bowl. Boo!

This will guarantee the Big Ten its second national champion in five years and fourth (counting PSU '94 and Michigan '97 - sorry UN-L fans) since 1994, more than any other league except that Nebraska-led Big XII run. And to go along with our strong teams at the top argument, eight of the 11 teams have won the Big Ten title in that 13-year span. Not bad depth either.

Looks like Arizona is about to become Big Ten country, with Buckeye, Wolverine and Gopher fans heading here for the holidays.

GO CATS!!! -SjT
Stephen J. Truog, former NU Marching Band member and now educator in Arizona, comments on the Wildcats from both the sidelines and his couch He has his own NU oriented Web Site - Visit SjTonline

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