==== ====Get the Xbox 360 250 GB Kinect Bundle for free!http://peerfly.com/x/0/3514/30641/==== ====Both No. 1-ranked Missouri and No. 2-ranked West Virginia had to go and lose in the finalweekend of this years regular college football season, throwing the Allstate BCS NationalChampionship Game into a crapshoot in which No. 3-ranked Ohio State and No. 5-ranked LSUwon.Had Missouri beaten Oklahoma for the Big 12 championship, and had West Virginia beatenPittsburgh, they would be playing in the BCS National Championship Game. Instead, it will beOhio State (11-1) and LSU (11-2) for all the marbles. LSU will be the first two-loss team to play forthe 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, humbledMissouri again by 3 touchdowns, 38-17, to end the Tigers national title hopes. By winning againthe Sooners won the Big 12 championship and a BCS bowl game berth. They will face WestVirginia (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 endto the Mountaineers regular season. The Mountaineers continue to vex themselves by having wonmore 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 formerdefensive coordinator for the NFL Dallas Cowboys and also Head Coach for the Chicago Bearsand Miami Dolphins. He has made Pitt a tough opponent despite a 16-19 record since taking overin 2005.LSU helped its case immensely by turning back Tennessee 21-14 and winning the SECchampionship. By staying the course, the Tigers find themselves playing for their 2nd nationalchampionship 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 intriple 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 weekearlier, 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 Atlantic Coastchampionship and a BCS bowl game spot in the FedEx Orange Bowl against Kansas (11-1).No. 8-ranked Southern California (10-2) beat UCLA 24-7 to earn an unprecedented 6thconsecutive Pac 10 championship. The Trojans were ranked No. 1 starting the season but
suffered a shocking 24-23 loss to 41-point underdog Stanford, and then they were upset byOregon 24-17 to knock them out of national title contention.Do not feel too bad for Southern Cal though as the win gets them a BCS bowl game appearancein the Rose Bowl against Illinois (9-3). It also marks the Trojans 6th straight BCS bowl berth and32nd appearance in the Rose Bowl, commonly referred to as the "Granddaddy of All BowlGames".No. 11-ranked Hawaii ended its season with two 4th quarter touchdowns to edge Washington 35-28 and finish as the nations only undefeated Division 1A team at 12-0.By winning, Hawaii-the outright Western Athletic Conference champions-earned a BCS bowl gamespot in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Georgia (10-2).Washington stormed to a quick 21-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game on 3 Hawaiiturnovers, but the Warriors proved their mettle by coming from behind on the strong and accuratearm of senior Colt Brennan, who completed 42 of 50 passes for 442 yards, 5 touchdowns and nointerceptions.Brennan, who should be playing on Sundays in the NFL, notched a school record 20 straightcompletions against the pathetic Husky secondary that ranks 99th among 119 Division 1A schoolsin both Pass Defense and Pass Efficiency Defense. Brennan has thrown for 4.174 yards and 38touchdowns this season.Here is some well deserved love for Hawaii: The Warriors may have played a weak schedule(rated 137th among 119 Division 1A teams), and the Washington Huskies may have played thenations toughest schedule (rated No. 1 nationally), but Hawaii beat Washington straight up 35-28and is the better team. Period, thats it.And more Hawaiian love: Like it or not, the Warriors have won a national-best 13 straight games,and 22 of their last 23 games. They have a chance to make it 14 straight wins and continue thestreak by beating Georgia in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.Two teams that were passed over for BCS bowl games were Missouri (11-2) and Arizona State(10-2), each of which could have gotten a bid.The real winner of that elusive last spot among the 5 BCS bowl games went to Illinois (9-3), whichlost to Missouri, Iowa and Michigan during the regular season. The choice of Illinois should be nomystery when you know that Illinois was 2-10 last year and 9-3 this year. Credit Head Coach RonZook for the incredible turnaround the Fighting Illini experienced.Perhaps even more important to advertisers is that Illinois is in the nations 3rd largest metromarket (9 million people) and its opponent-Southern Cal-is in the nations 2nd largest metromarket (12.3 million). These markets dwarf Arizonas largest market (13th at 4 million) andMissouris largest market (18th at 2.7 million). It is all about people and money and where they areat for advertisers.Arizona State did beat in-state rival Arizona 20-17 but the win was hardly impressive, not that it
mattered. The Sun Devils could have beaten them by 4 touchdowns and the result would probablyhave been the same: no BCS slot for Arizona State. Both Arizona State and Missouri will play inbowl games, just not the 5 major BCS ones with big payouts.Here is a complete list of this years bowl lineup; all game times are listed in EST.2007-08 College Football Bowl ScheduleDec. 20 - ThursdayUtah (8-4) vs. Navy (8-4) in the Poinsettia Bowl - ESPN, 9 p.m.Dec. 21 - FridayFlorida Atlantic (7-5) vs. Memphis (7-5) in the New Orleans Bowl - ESPN2, 8 p.m.Dec. 22 - SaturdayCincinnati (9-3) vs. Southern Mississippi in the Papajohns.com Bowl - ESPN2, 1 p.m.New Mexico (8-4) vs. Nevada (6-6) in the New Mexico Bowl - ESPN, 4:30 p.m.Brigham Young (10-2) vs. UCLA (6-6) in the Las Vegas Bowl - ESPN, 8 p.m.Dec. 23 - SundayEast Carolina (7-5) vs. Boise State (10-2) in the Hawaii Bowl - ESPN, 8 p.m.Dec. 26 - WednesdayPurdue (7-5) vs. Central Michigan (8-5) in the Motor City Bowl - ESPN, 7:30 p.m.Dec. 27 - ThursdayTexas (9-3) vs. Arizona State (10-2) in the Holiday Bowl - ESPN, 8 p.m.Dec. 28 - FridayMichigan State (7-5) vs. Boston College (10-3) in the Champs Sports Bowl - ESPN, 5 p.m.Houston (8-4) vs. TCU (7-5) in the Texas Bowl - NFL Network, 8 p.m.Oregon State (8-4) vs. Maryland (6-6) in the Emerald Bowl - ESPN, 8:30 p.m.Dec. 29 - SaturdayWake Forest (8-4) vs. Connecticut (9-3) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl - ESPN, 1 p.m.
Central Florida (10-3) vs. Mississippi State (7-5) in the Liberty Bowl - ESPN, 4:30 p.m.Texas A&M (7-5) vs. Penn State (8-4) in the Alamo Bowl - ESPN, 8 p.m.Dec. 30 - SundayAlabama (6-6) vs. Colorado (6-6) in the Independence Bowl - ESPN, 8 p.m.Dec. 31 - Monday - New Years EveAir Force (9-3) vs. California (6-6) in the Armed Forces Bowl - ESPN, 12:30 p.m.Oregon (8-4) vs. South Florida (9-3) in the Sun Bowl - CBS, 2 p.m.Georgia Tech (7-5) vs. Fresno State (8-4) in the Humanitarian Bowl - ESPN, 2 p.m.Kentucky (7-5) vs. Florida State (7-5) in the Music City Bowl - ESPN, 4 p.m.Indiana (7-5) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6) in the Insight Bowl - NFL Network, 5:30 p.m.Auburn (8-4) vs. Clemson (9-3) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl - ESPN, 7:30 p.m.Jan. 1 - Tuesday - New Years DayWisconsin (9-3) vs. Tennessee (9-4) in the Outback Bowl - ESPN, 11 a.m.Missouri (11-2) vs. Arkansas (8-4) in the Cotton Bowl - Fox, 11:30 a.m.Virginia (9-3) vs. Texas Tech (8-4) in the Gator Bowl - CBS, 1 p.m.Michigan (8-4) vs. Florida (9-3) in the Capital One Bowl - ABC, 1 p.m.Illinois (9-3) vs. Southern California (10-2) in the Rose Bowl (a BCS Bowl Game) - ABC, 5 p.m.Hawaii (12-0) vs. Georgia (10-2) in the Sugar Bowl (a BCS Bowl Game) - Fox, 8:30 p.m.Jan. 2 - WednesdayOklahoma (11-2) vs. West Virginia (10-2) in the Fiesta Bowl (a BCS Bowl Game) - Fox, 8 p.m.Jan. 3 - ThursdayVirginia Tech (11-2) vs. Kansas (11-1) in the Orange Bowl (a BCS Bowl Game) - Fox, 8 p.m.Jan. 5 - SaturdayRutgers (7-5) vs. Ball State (7-5) in the International Bowl in Toronto, Canada - ESPN, Noon.