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Keeler: BCS might crumble on shopping's famed day


tkeeler@nvdaily.com

Black Friday.

Usually those are words that excite many women around the country. Many women can't wait to go out and shop all day and night, running up their credit card bills and having a girls day out.

For the men, it does nothing for us. All men know it's better to do your Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve (we do our best work under pressure).

This week, Black Friday will excite the men just as much as women. That's because three of the biggest college football games of the year take place on Friday.

No. 2 Auburn plays No. 9 Alabama at 2:30 p.m. Then at 7 p.m., No. 1 Oregon plays No. 20 Arizona. Finally, in the nightcap, No. 4 Boise State plays No. 19 Nevada.

Those three games will have a huge impact on the Bowl Championship Series standings. Those three games could possibly change college football forever.

The only thing I really want for Christmas this year, or any year, is the end of the BCS mess and playoffs for I-A college football.

Each year I hope and dream that something will change, kind of like those dreamers who want a white Christmas every year.

Well, this year I really think I can have my white Christmas -- the end of the BCS mess.

If Auburn and Oregon both lose on Friday and Boise State wins (by a wide margin would be nice) and TCU wins Saturday (which it definitely should), Boise State and TCU will be the last undefeated teams left. They should move to the top two spots in the BCS standings and potentially headed for a national championship showdown.

Boise State still has a game with Utah State left on Dec. 4, but it should win that.
The Broncos and the Horned Frogs playing for the title? That would be a dream come true for me, simply because it would make so many people mad. In order for a change to come, the right people have to be upset, and I think this just might do it.

There would be a huge public outcry that two non-BCS teams were playing for the BCS title. It even sounds funny saying it. In the past the non-BCS teams have been shafted, but nothing changed. So my hope is if the BCS teams get shafted, in their opinion, then the right people will be mad and finally what we've all been waiting for years might happen.

I personally don't think there's anything wrong with Boise State and TCU playing for the title. Didn't Butler almost beat Duke last year in the NCAA college basketball title game?
I'm not a fan of small schools, but I do respect them. As a Duke fan, I can promise you Butler earned my respect in that championship game.

However, there are many in the country who don't think like that and will be appalled at the idea of two non-BCS teams playing for the title. I'm sure they'll say the ratings will be down. They'll point to their weak schedules, or the fact that the Broncos barely beat Virginia Tech -- who couldn't beat JMU. They'll make up all kinds of excuses, but the bottom line is the top teams in the final BCS standings will play for the championship.

That's the way it's been set up, and if those two teams are Boise State and TCU, there will be nothing anyone can do about it -- at least not this season.

There's still a possibility that even with a loss by both Oregon and Auburn that at least one of them could sneak into the championship game. Oregon has a game left with Oregon State and Auburn will play in the SEC championship game with South Carolina. It's even possible that LSU, with just one loss, could leapfrog the Broncos or Horned Frogs.

Hopefully this will not happen, but anything's possible with the BCS mess. Maybe I'm wasting my time thinking that the battle of the underdogs could actually happen, but much like those who dream of the white Christmas or still long to hear Santa Claus actually come down that chimney on Christmas Eve, I'll keep dreaming and hoping that a Christmas miracle can happen.

So, I'll enjoy my day off on Friday, recovering from all the food I ate on Thanksgiving by eating more food as I lie on the couch and watch football all day.

And maybe, just maybe, Auburn and Oregon will lose this week and it will truly be a Black Friday for the makers of the BCS mess.



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