Final Acts at Hand in BCS Drama
How big is college football's final weekend?
"I can't think of a bigger game that I've been a part of," said Florida coach Urban Meyer, who knows a bit about big games given the Gators have won two of the last three national titles.
The Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday in Atlanta between Florida and Alabama, the top two in the Bowl Championship Series standings, will serve as a national semifinal of sorts, with the winner advancing to the BCS title game Jan. 7 in Pasadena, Calif.
"(Playing) Nebraska in the Big 12 championship is a super matchup," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "It's two of the elite teams in college football. . . . Two of the winningest programs in college football history . . . at Cowboys Stadium should be fun."
If BCS No. 3 Texas beats No. 22 Nebraska on Saturday, the Longhorns play the SEC winner in the BCS title game. However, if the Longhorns lose, No. 4 TCU or No. 5 Cincinnati is expected to advance to the BCS title game. TCU has finished its regular season; Cincinnati must beat No. 15 Pittsburgh on Saturday to keep its championship hopes alive. The BCS pairings will be announced Sunday.
Five teams could finish the regular season undefeated: Florida or Alabama, Texas, TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State. In 2004, when five teams finished with perfect records, including Auburn, controversy ensued.
The wide-open Heisman Trophy race will also be decided after three leading contenders - Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, Alabama running back Mark Ingram and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy - present their final case. Finalists will be announced Monday, and the Heisman will be awarded Dec. 12.