Both No. 1-ranked Missouri and No. 2-ranked West Virginia had to go and lose in the final weekend of this year’s regular college football season, throwing the Allstate BCS National Championship Game into a crapshoot in which No. 3-ranked Ohio State and No. 5-ranked LSU won.
Had Missouri beaten Oklahoma for the Big 12 championship, and had West Virginia beaten Pittsburgh, they would be playing in the BCS National Championship Game. Instead, it will be Ohio State (11-1) and LSU (11-2) for all the marbles. LSU will be the first two-loss team to play for the national title since the inception of the BCS in 1998.
No. 9-ranked Oklahoma (11-2), which whipped Missouri 41-31 earlier in the season, humbled Missouri again by 3 touchdowns, 38-17, to end the Tigers national title hopes. By winning again the Sooners won the Big 12 championship and a BCS bowl game berth. They will face West Virginia (10-2) in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
West Virginia lost to Pittsburgh (5-7) 13-9 on its home field in a defensive battle. It was a sad end to the Mountaineers regular season. The Mountaineers continue to vex themselves สมัคร ufabet บนมือถือ by having won more games than any other team in major college football without winning a national title.
Pittsburgh Coach Dave Wannstedt, a Pitt grad who played tackle for the Panthers, was a former defensive coordinator for the NFL Dallas Cowboys and also Head Coach for the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins. He has made Pitt a tough opponent despite a 16-19 record since taking over in 2005.
LSU helped its case immensely by turning back Tennessee 21-14 and winning the SEC championship. By staying the course, the Tigers find themselves playing for their 2nd national championship in 5 years. LSU won the title in 2003 by beating Oklahoma 21-14.
The LSU Tigers also benefited by losing both of their only losses to Louisville and Arkansas in triple overtime. They could have just as easily been 12-0 like Hawaii.
Ohio State, which was idle this weekend after beating Michigan 14-3 for the Big 10 title a week earlier, just sat patiently and watched as Missouri and West Virginia blew their chances.
No. 6-ranked Virginia Tech (11-2) slapped Boston College 30-16 to win the Atlan