This picture is basically how I feel about what I'm about to bring up, but am I drunk to think that the Badgers could have a shot at something larger scale than the Rose Bowl? I mean I can't be the only person dreaming up these scenarios right? I guess sometimes I forget that I live in a bubble here at Midwest Communications where it is considered 'work' and 'show prep' to stare at ESPN.com all day and make preposterous assertions about the chances Bucky has of teaching a national audience how to Bucky come January 10th. That sentence utilized every big word I remember from college. 4 years of school boiled down to one sentence. Oh and by 'words I remembered in college' I mean 'words that Word came up with on a thesaurus search and replace.' Six of one, half dozen of the other.
In any case the Badgers currently sit at #7 in the BCS and would still need more chaos than pennie tapper night at the bar to get to #1 or #2, but if you check the schedule for this weekend there is a path/not really but humor me. #2 Auburn plays at #12 Alabama on Friday. Huge rivalry game, the Crimson Tide are the defending BCS champs and are in front of their home crowd with a chance to salvage their season. #1 Oregon plays #22 Arizona at home on Friday night. The Ducks barely got past Cal two Saturday's ago, Zona has a stout defense and the Oregon Duck is an overrated mascot. #4 Boise St. plays at #19 Nevada late Friday night. As much as it pains me to hate on a team that I think has a valid argument to contend for a national title, the bottom line is they have played NO ONE this season. Virgina Tech in week 1 is the beginning and end of their list of credentials. So while I love their smurf turf, their high scoring offense blah blah blah, they are about to meet their first real challenge of the season on the road. To say Nevada's wolfpack has a new fan in me come Friday would be an understatement. It's wolfpack now has two. #5 LSU plays a tough game on the road against #12 Arkansas. The Tigers are essentially the Chicago Bears of college football, no one is sure how they keep winning so eventually you'd think their luck will run out. And #6 Stanford plays a talented Oregon State squad. Only #3 TCU has a cupcake in New Mexico so they should end the year unbeaten.
So you get all those things to happen and bingo bango it's Wisconsin and TCU for the national title. Alright it's a tad far fetched but at the same time it's completely possible and probably going to happen. The other caveat is that there are a lot of one loss teams out there that could leap over Wisconsin. If only there were a way where we could find out which one loss team is the best.....hmmmmmm.....maybe one day.
PS: I'll give the BCS this, it's because of that system that I'll probably watch all of these games this weekend. That and a cheese spread/pie/potato/pie/turkey/pie induced food coma. But it does force you to care about EVERY week. Like last night Marquette played #1 Duke in college basketball and I didn't really care. Call me in February when we get close to bracket time!
Double PS: If this doesn't play at every Nevada home game it's a crime;