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BCS Championship free for all

I’ve been to some pretty amazing football games.

I sat through a blizzard to watch Brett Favre and the Packers beat the Seahawks in overtime (again). Snowballs were thrown, there were plenty of plays I couldn’t actually see, but it was a game I will never forget.

Only a week later I bundled up in layers upon layers of clothes to sit through negative degree weather to sadly see Favre throw his last pass – and interception – as a Packer. Still, it’s not every day you get to go to an NFC Championship game.


But I can honestly say that no other football game or sporting event for that matter can compare to the magic that was last Saturday night.

In the days leading up to the game I was a skeptic – who wasn’t? Even under the belief that Ohio State was way overrated sitting at No. 1, I still felt they were a good team that Wisconsin would be able to keep up with, but by no means dominate.

It was a game I didn’t want to miss, but at the same time I wasn’t too confident in a positive outcome. In fact, I was fairly certain UW would lose.

South Carolina knocked off then No. 1 Alabama only a week earlier, but could the No. 1 team be taken down two weeks in a row?

Well apparently yes, it can, but I didn’t think it was actually going to happen.

When Alabama walked into Williams-Brice Stadium in South Carolina it didn’t look like itself. The squad just didn’t have that dominating style of play that kept them on top of the polls all season long and won them a national title last year. Before they knew it, the Gamecocks were up 21-9 at halftime. South Carolina didn’t give up that lead, or the game, unseating a No. 1 team for the first time in their school history.

Next thing I know it’s Saturday, and David Gilreath is 97 yards down the field starting what would be one of the greatest games of my life with a touchdown. For the first time all season I believed.

Could we actually beat Ohio State? I always thought we could keep it close, but to actually dominate a game and take down the (overrated) No. 1 team?

As I stood there in disbelief celebrating a touchdown mere seconds into the game, I knew anything was possible.

It’s week eight and this season has been full of surprises.

Although Oregon currently tops the AP poll, Oklahoma is currently No. 1 in the BCS rankings. With the third No. 1 team in three weeks it’s increasingly starting to seem as if anything could happen this year.

I still believe Oregon and Boise State will end up in the championship game – it’s still not certain by any means – but it’s starting to get increasingly difficult to predict anything about anyone.

Not only was Wisconsin’s upset over Ohio State amazing, Texas – who fell out of the rankings after starting the season at No. 5 – upset then-No. 5 Nebraska on Saturday as well.

This season is starting to become very competitive and it almost seems like it’s anybody’s to take. I absolutely love it.

I’d rather have 10 different teams legitimately fighting for that No.1 spot than have it given away to a perennial dominate team. Alabama may be a great team, but for them to lose a game made this season so much more exciting.

Teams are being forced to step up their game and actually fight for the national title rather than just walking away with it as if they owned it the whole season. I’m not saying Alabama owned last year’s national title from the start, but I’d rather see a team have to fight for what they want, to be forced to face a little adversity and rise above.

That being said, the position the Badgers are currently in is almost perfect. They lost a big game to Michigan State and stepped up their game to take down Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State. Now I just hope they don’t fall on their faces against Iowa.

If I could have it my way, every team would have at least one loss. In this way they would be tested mentally. They would have to fight back from disappointment.

It’s what Ohio State has to face now. They lost a huge – emphasis on huge – game to Wisconsin. Although I’m not a big Buckeyes fan in the slightest, if they can finish out their season and still win the Big Ten, I feel like they would actually deserve it rather than win with a perfect record.

Overcoming this type of adversity shows a team is mature and tough physically as well as mentally. A loss for a team puts them in a position where they need to rise above and prove they’re still a strong team.

With losses for the last two No. 1 teams, it’s made the league more competitive and just more interesting this season. Who’s going to step up and still fight for a BCS game despite a loss on their schedule? The sad thing is the ranking system sort of gets in the way.

Regardless, this season has suddenly become very competitive and a lot more interesting.

If any of my predictions become completely wrong by season’s end, I’m perfectly OK with that. I’d rather be wrong and witness an exciting season than pride myself on calling the season right.

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