It's "Official" - Ohio State Plays LSU in BCS Title Game
The "official" BCS announcements have been made, and the Ohio State Buckeyes will be taking on the "undefeated in regulation" LSU Tigers for the National Championship.*
This is the 2nd year in a row that the Buckeyes have gone to the Title Game, and the 3rd time since 2002, the year they last won the National Championship.
Taking Ohio State's place in the Rose Bowl against the formidable USC Trojans will be the team that handed the Buckeyes their only loss of the season, the University of Illinois Illini. Congratulations to Coach Ron Zook who has done an outstanding job of rebuilding Illinois' football program (and who, prior to being fired from the job, recruited much of the Florida Gators' team that won the National Championship last year under Coach Urban Meyer).
My Virginia Cavaliers, who had a solid 9-3 season, will be playing a team from my home state - the Texas Tech Red Raiders - in the Gator Bowl. Wahoo-Wa!
* Expect to hear much from SEC fans about how the number of upcoming Bowl games featuring match-ups between SEC and Big 10 teams, especially the BCS Title Game, will be a referendum on the relative quality of play between the two conferences. I really don't care about such matters. But for some reason - maybe it's the influence of NASCAR, or something, where fans root for the make of a car - fans of SEC teams are almost as chauvinistic about their conference as they are about their respective teams.