Posted: Wednesday November 29, 2006 12:24PM; Updated: Wednesday November 29, 2006 2:07PM
If Brandon Renkart (47) and Rutgers beat West Virginia, there's no chance Brian Brohm and Louisville will receive a BCS at-large bid.
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After watching LSU win against Arkansas and seeing Notre Dame get dismantled by USC, I was shocked to hear ABC's announcers say that Notre Dame had done enough to earn a rematch against Michigan in the Rose Bowl. What are the conditions under which ND would get an at-large bid over LSU? Is it even a close call? --Jerel, Tucson, Ariz.
As baffling as it may seem, I've been told Notre Dame remains at the top of the Rose Bowl's wish list, even after last Saturday's dismantling. The Irish haven't played there since 1925, and the folks in Pasadena don't know when they'll get another chance. My guess, however, is that saner heads will prevail by Sunday. If USC beats UCLA and Arkansas beats Florida, the Rose will have chance to match No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 4 or 5 LSU. It would be extremely unwise for the Rose Bowl to pass on that opportunity, and here's why:
It's no secret that the large majority of college football fans no longer embraces the bowl system. They want a playoff. The BCS and the bowls themselves have spent considerable time and resources over the years defending their system against hordes of critics. If the Rose Bowl, the oldest and most revered of the bowl games, deprives the public of a potential No. 3 vs. No. 4 matchup in favor of a regular-season rematch that I'm not even sure the participants themselves want to see played, the bowl system will lose whatever credibility it had left with the public. Bowl people will no longer be able to argue with a straight face that they're serving the greater good of college football.
No pressure, Rose Bowl.
If Rutgers can beat West Virginia in Morgantown, what would happen with the BCS? Does Louisville get the last at-large spot ahead of Notre Dame? --Jason, Detroit
Not in a million years. The furthest the Cardinals can rise in the BCS standings is No. 4 (if USC and Florida both lose), but even then they'd probably be behind LSU. If two at-large teams finish No. 3 and 4, the BCS is only obligated to take No. 3. Even if the Rose Bowl takes LSU, the Sugar Bowl is not going to voluntarily pass on Notre Dame to take Louisville. It's just not. The 11-1 Cardinals would presumably slip to the Gator Bowl -- that is, unless the Gator Bowl objects to hosting Louisville for a second straight season and uses its option to take a Big 12 team (Texas, Oklahoma or Nebraska) instead. In that scenario, the No. 4 team in the country would fall to ... the Sun Bowl.
I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.
It's an absolute travesty that 6-6 Wyoming is going lose out on a bowl game so 6-6 New Mexico can go to the New Mexico Bowl, despite the fact that Wyoming finished with a better conference record (5-3 vs. 4-4), did not lose to Division I-AA Portland State and actually beat New Mexico. I know New Mexico might be able to fill more seats in New Mexico, but shouldn't the better team get to go? --Brian, Colorado Springs
C'mon Brian. Rule No. 1: It's always about who will fill more seats. I've got to say, though -- that's pretty bad. But it's not like Wyoming can't do something about it. If Hawaii, New Mexico and Boise State can host their own bowl games, why not the Cowboys? In fact, I will personally chip in the first $20 to anyone who can successfully get the NCAA to grant a license for the 2007 Laramie Bowl. Because this injustice should never occur again.
What do you say we tackle some other subjects?
Yes or no: Is Greg Schiano staying at Rutgers? --Brian, Lafayette, N.J.
Yes -- at least for this year. Schiano says he's not going to Miami, and I believe him. I think he genuinely prefers the job he has. Whenever Joe Paterno finally retires, however ... that's another story. Schiano would crawl to State College to take that job, but of course there's no guarantee it will be available. If Paterno gets to handpick his successor, it's much more likely to be Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.
You also never know if the NFL might come calling. I'm sure that would also tempt him.