Here's one of the things that drives you absolutely crazy about the BCS. Just when you get the top of the standings figured out and things seem to be going chalk, you forget about the bottom of the standings. And the bottom of the BCS is where the action was on Saturday because these teams all lost:
Why do we care? Trust me. If you're an Oklahoma fan, you care. Because all those losses have opened the door for the Kent State Golden Flashes (11-1) to take one of the BCS at-large spots that is usually reserved for one of the big boys.
It's pretty simple: Because of all those losses, Kent State jumped from No. 23 to No. 17 in Sunday's BCS standings. If it beats Northern Illinois in the MAC title game and gets to No. 16 in the final BCS standings this Sunday, and it finishes ahead of the Big East champ (there is no Big East team in the Top 25), then Kent State, Nick Saban's alma mater, gets one of the coveted at-large bids. Kent State either will be in the Sugar Bowl, where it will likely play No. 4 Florida, or the Orange Bowl, where it will play the ACC champion (probably Florida State).
Yes, this is the same Kent State team that lost to Kentucky (0-8 in the SEC) by 33 points in September.
I won't get too deep into the weeds on this but if Kent State gets in, I have Oklahoma (10-2) getting left out. And if Rutgers beats Louisville on Thursday and claims the Big East championship, the Sugar Bowl's choices to play Florida will be Rutgers and Kent State.
Oh my. My buddy Tim Brando loves to have such a fly in the ointment to create utter chaos in the BCS. Well, Kent State ain't a fly. It is a 600-pound elephant that could have some bowl reps hemming and hawing come Sunday night.
Let's just say a lot of people are going to be pulling for No. 21 Northern Illinois in that MAC Championship Game in Detroit.
Originally posted by Tony Barnhart on CBSSports.com