Call me bitter, but I hope Miami wins out. That way the insufferable Sooners (No. 3 AP; No. 4 Coaches) will be denied a shot at their second national title game in three seasons. The Iowa Hawkeyes (how the hell did Iowa State beat these guys?) are No. 4 in the Coaches Poll, but No. 3 in the AP.
Georgia is an over-ranked No. 5 in both polls, followed by No. 6 USC and No. 7 Notre Dame (the teams face each other Saturday in a game that means something for the first time in more than a decade). Kansas State is (yeah) No. 8, followed by Washington State (a triple-overtime loser to archrival Washington).
The 9-2 Horns will try to put the foul aftertaste of the Texas Tech loss behind them when they face Texas A&M Friday at DKR (11 a.m. CST). Its hard to believe that the Aggies were ranked No. 6 just five years ago (and Oklahoma was 5-6) when Ricky Williams broke the NCAA career rushing record on that foggy November morning. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders brief tenure in the Top 25 came to an abrupt end after OU slapped them around, 60-15, in Norman.
A win over A&M would likely mean a Cotton Bowl berth for the Longhorns; an inexplicable loss would probably send Texas to the Alamo Bowl. And how much does it bite that 8-4 Florida State (No. 22/23) "earns" a BCS Bowl on the same day it loses to North Carolina State by backing into an ACC championship? If the Noles lose to No. 11 Florida this Saturday, youve got a five-loss team in a BCS Bowl while Top 10 squads like Texas and Kansas State (from an infinitely superior conference) go to second tier venues.
Oh, well. A couple plays here and there in Lubbock on Nov. 16 and you could be spending a festive night in Miami or New Orleans come bowl season. Instead, the best you can hope for is to set the aspirin bottle next to the alarm clock for that 10 a.m. kickoff in east Dallas against the fourth best SEC team (since Alabama is ineligible).