If you read my projections regularly, you may have come to realize that I put a lot of stock in history. It's kind of on the theory of those who do not learn are doomed to repeat. And what makes college football so much fun, is when history gets thrown out the window for a Saturday.
Mizzou had lost 19 of their last 20 against Oklahoma. Iowa had won 6 of 8 against Wisconsin, and no Iowa team that had won 7 games had ever lost to the Badgers. Texas had beaten Iowa State every meeting. And in the span of ten hours, we saw all three of those historical facts thrown out.
It's caused the biggest shake-up yet in these predictions. The big winner in all of this? Probably the SEC (and talk radio). I expect to hear quite a bit of discussion as to whether the one-loss SEC champion deserves the BCS Title game over undefeated Boise. They will, and they'll go.
As for this upcoming week, history teaches us that there's no way that Missouri beat s Nebraska, right? On to the picks...
- The best teams don't always go to the best games. In the end, butts in the seat and eyes to the television are the biggest factors.
- The order of BCS selection is 1) Replacement for #1 Team; 2) Replacement for #2 Team; 3) Sugar Bowl; 4) Orange Bowl; 5) Fiesta Bowl.
- If a Big Ten or Pac-10 team qualifies for the BCS Championship Game, the Rose Bowl will be required to take a non-automatic qualifier. This will only be required of the Rose Bowl the first time it occurs over the next four years.
- The Gator Bowl picks its Big Ten team ahead of the Insight Bowl this year. It will rotate the other way next year.
Got it? Good. Let's get on to the projections.