BCS debate in full swing – again

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By Ray Hamill

Let the second guessing begin, and, appropriately enough in the final year of the BCS, it looks like there’s going to be plenty of it.

With the release of this week’s penultimate BCS standings, Florida State and Ohio State are No. 1 and 2 respectively, and if they both win their final games this week – as expected – they will likely advance to the final BCS championship game.

But not everyone agrees they should, and it raises the seemingly annual question for the BCS – should an unbeaten team with an easier schedule get the nod over a one-loss team that has come through a much tougher schedule.

In particular, many are questioning whether an undefeated Ohio State, which has had a relatively easy schedule in the Big Ten, should be favored over a one-loss team like No. 3 Auburn or No. 5 Missouri, each of which had a much more challenging run in the SEC.

(Like Ohio State, Florida State also has had an easier schedule in the ACC, but at least the Seminoles have won their games far more convincingly.)

And so, heading into the final weekend of the regular season, there are still plenty of possibilities, and no shortage of opinions as to who should be included.

If Auburn impresses with a big win over Missouri in the SEC Championship, the Tigers, who have escaped with a couple of miracle wins this season, could leapfrog Ohio State into the BCS Championship, depending also on how the Buckeyes fare against No. 10 Michigan State in the Big Ten title game.

On the other hand, if Missouri wins the SEC in impressive fashion, it might get the nod over Ohio State, especially considering its only loss came in double overtime against a very good South Carolina team.

And don’t me started on what might happen if Duke somehow beats Florida State in the ACC Championship.

Either way, there’s going to be plenty of debate over who gets into the BCS Championship, and a couple of teams are going to feel shorted.

And in the final year of the BC-Mess, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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