What would an NCAA football tournament look like? Probably much like last weekend, Auburn knocking out Alabama, Ohio State escaping Ann Arbor without a point to spare, keeping alive its hopes for a national title.
But there isn’t a football tournament. The calculations of the Bowl Championship Series hold sway, until next year when college football launches a four-team playoff that eventually should expand to an eight- or 16-team tournament. And with the BCS in play, even Alabama has a slim chance of getting back to the title game (if Florida State, Ohio State and Auburn lose).
Won’t happen? There are two ways to look at the breathtaking end to the Auburn-Alabama game, Chris Davis returning a failed field goal 109 yards for the winning touchdown: Either anything really can happen, or Auburn has that championship karma, having just defeated Georgia in nearly as improbable of a way.
So, fans are left with one more week of BCS speculation and potential fury — with the Buckeyes in the middle of things. Beat Michigan State in the Big Ten title game, and an undefeated Ohio State surely plays for the national championship, right? Or would a victory over formidable Missouri vault once-beaten Auburn past the Buckeyes? You can bet an argument will begin.