But shooting for #1:
Perhaps for the first time all season, the national championship race can be explained very simply.
If No. 1 Missouri (vs. Oklahoma) and No. 2 West Virginia (vs. Pittsburgh) both win on Saturday, they will play each other for the BCS title. If one of them loses, No. 3 Ohio State will slide into the national championship game. If Missouri and West Virginia both lose, a two-loss team will probably meet the Buckeyes in New Orleans for all the marbles.
It seems unlikely that West Virginia will lose at home against Pitt, but if it happens, choosing which two-loss team belongs in the national title game will be a difficult assignment for the voters.
No. 4 Georgia is the highest-ranked twice-beaten team in the standings this week, but that might change next week if it matters who’s atop the two-loss heap. Because the Bulldogs didn’t win their division of the SEC, it’s doubtful voters would put them into a BCS championship slot, especially if another two-loss team (LSU) emerges as the conference champion.
This will be the biggest Backyard Brawl in my memory- I might go grocery shopping on Friday and lock all the doors until Monday.