What a wild finish we are in for ladies and gentlemen! If you watched the games Saturday you are emotionally drained from trying to figure out just who is who among the top 15 and especially in the BCS race. There were some clear losers by the end of last night, but the winners might not be so clear. Going to take a shot here at a few teams that benefited from the fiasco that was college football in week 13.
Loser: Oregon Ducks
Think Chip Kelly would’ve had his team up for this one? People will say the Ducks need to stop talking before football games, but hey, at least they weren’t lying. Not wanting to play in the Rose Bowl can be arranged. Actually, it has been.
Winner: Stanford Cardinal
The Cardinal showed up against USC, they just didn’t win the game. This week it was Cal and the Cardinal didn’t let themselves fall victim to worrying about their bowl opportunities not being what they wanted. That’s why they are celebrating this morning. People around the country will say they backed in to the Pac-12 Championship game, but make no mistake, this team deserves it and the team they backed over does not. Also, they are fully capable of winning it as they get a rematch with ASU, whom they dominated earlier this season.
Winner: Arizona State Sun Devils
The other half of the Pac-12 Championship game was decided emphatically when ASU beat UCLA last night. The Devils are winners not just because they earned a spot in the conference title game, but because the win gives them an outstanding shot of earning home field advantage. They are a much better team at home, even though they’ve been more than capable on the road. Trust they do not want to go back to Palo Alto for that rematch.
Loser: Baylor Bears
Baylor fell victim to having to play a game against a great defense. The Bears have to hope and pray that the Sooners upset the rival Cowboys in two weeks. Meanwhile they still have to play TCU and Texas, but their schedule doesn’t figure to be strong enough to make an at large bid. Not if these next two teams stay undefeated…
Winners: Fresno State Bulldogs and Northern Illinois Huskies
These two mid-majors are in celebrations this Sunday morning as they really took a huge step towards a BCS berth with the losses of both Oregon and Baylor. They have to finish off their seasons undefeated, but they both have high hopes for a bid now. NIU already has the foundation and track record to be invited back, Fresno State would earn their first ever berth.
Loser: Texas A&M
The Aggies have had their opportunities to prove it, they just haven’t delivered. Not only did the team lose their hopes of a BCS game in Baton Rouge, Johnny Football lost all hope for a second Heisman trip to New York.
Winners: South Carolina, Oklahoma State, Clemson
These three are setting themselves up for a BCS Berth and all three now control their own destiny, but only two can make it. Obviously Oklahoma State took the biggest step. The Pokes ready for Oklahoma and they can win the Big-12 outright with a victory. For Clemson and South Carolina, it looks like their rivalry game next Saturday might decide which goes as an at-large without actually making it to their conference championship. The Gamecocks still have hope of getting their shot at Alabama in the SEC Championship if Missouri were to lose to Texas A&M, but that might actually be the worst possible thing, because a loss to Bama would surely knock them out.