Memo to Texas fans, to Utah fans, to USC fans (and their coaches and media boosters):
Lobbying for the AP half of the national title is in vain, and that's the lead of my SN column this morning.
You will NOT get the AP to split its vote and crown a different national champ than the BCS title game will generate. Not with the two teams playing for the title ranked 1-2 in the AP poll.
(In the widely cited 2003 split, USC entered the bowl season as AP No. 1. So, if anything, if Florida had been snubbed for the BCS title game for, say, Texas, then the Gators would be eligible.)
And so I have a proposition for you: Court the bloggers, because the BlogPoll Top 25 looms as the next-biggest/next-best poll out there (and don't forget about that blogger cachet!)
Yes, coaches and media: I know you disdain the bloggers. But bloggers are the ones with the open mind to not only reflect the nation's interest in a split, but convince ourselves that a team other than the Florida-Oklahoma winner is, in fact, the nation's best.
(Please note that I am doing everything I can to restrain myself from going bats--t crazy on the blog in anticipation of the game tomorrow night. I will limit myself to tomorrow, and even then, a few limited posts.)
Meanwhile, a few other storylines you will find in today's column:
*OK, Celtics fans: NOW it's time to panic.
*How is Arkansas hoops not ranked?
*I want MY team to hire Josh McDaniels, too.
*OK, BC: Time to fire Jagodzinski.
*Gus Malzahn is going to turn Auburn around.
Complete SN column here. More later.