And, the furniture throwing and wailing sorrowfully at BCS headquarters may have stopped - at least temporarily.
The 2007 season has been a maddening one for the system designed to pick the true national champion, and even then, there could still be some question after everything is over.
As it stands, the BCS National Championship game could feature one, if not two, of the following four schools - Ohio State, West Virginia, Missouri and Kansas. That quartet is certainly not what the BCS was looking for when the season started.
In fact, it was supposed to be USC and LSU marching their way to New Orleans for the big showdown. Nobody mentioned that to Kentucky, Arkansas, Stanford and Oregon, the four teams that have put losses on the duo's record this year. And worse yet, Michigan took itself out of the running in the first game, losing to I-AA - no, I won't call it the FCS here - Appalachian State 34-32.
(You can thank me later, Buckeye fans).
Personally, I can't think of a better scenario for college football than to have those four teams left within sniffing distance of the national championship. Sure, the ratings for the games may not be the sparkle that the big names, other than Ohio State, would provide, but at least it would offer a refreshing matchup.
Plus, USC-LSU was rammed down our throats so early in the year, I couldn't help but want to see someone else in New Orleans. And don't forget Hawaii, one of the last undefeated teams in college football and WAC champions. Of course, the Rainbow Warriors may never get in the top 10, considering most football writers don't want to watch football that late.
In a perfect world, Hawaii would be playing for a national championship, considering it has done what has been required of it, and that is just win. However, the team may get the consolation prize of playing against a national power in a major bowl, a la Boise State against Oklahoma last season. And we remember how that went, right?
If there is to be any solace in this, it will be that the BCS, antiquated as it is, may be replaced by an even better idea in 2008-09 - a playoff. Take the top eight teams, play the four major bowls on Jan. 1, then have the semifinals on Jan. 8 and the National Championship Game on Jan. 15. Simple, effective and a major opportunity for some choice advertising.
That probably won't happen though, and it will be a matter of a computer picking the top two teams again. If I'm the BCS, I'm cheering for Missouri and Kansas to lose once more each.
If not, make sure you knock before visiting to avoid flying debris.
JOSH HICKLE can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 241