Originally created 11/22/06

Knocking Gators' schedule doesn't make much sense



Reviewing and previewing college football

WHO'S HOT

Ohio State. Buckeyes punched their ticket to the national championship game with win over their main rival Michigan.

WHO'S NOT

Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights' glass slipper shattered at Cincinnati. Goodbye, BCS game. Hello, second-tier bowl game.

NOT AGAIN

No one outside of Ann Arbor, Mich., wants to see a rematch of Ohio State-Michigan in the BCS national championship game. Especially Southern Cal and Florida. If the Trojans and Gators each win out, they have a valid argument for playing in the national championship.

Some media types are knocking Florida for its schedule. But the Gators play in the toughest conference in the land. Also, they play a league championship game - something Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Southern Cal do not.

If Ohio State and Michigan do play for the national title, boycott the game. Plenty of people will.

It's obvious college football needs some sort of playoff system, be it four-team, eight-team, 16-team or 32-team. Division I-AA, Division II and Division III have it in place, but Division I can't do it?

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Georgia Tech (9-2, 7-1 ACC). Yellow Jackets have a chance to win 12 games this season. They haven't done that since 1952.

2. Georgia (7-4, 4-4 SEC). Can the rested Bulldogs build off the momentum of their win at Auburn?

3. Clemson (8-3, 5-3 ACC). If sportsline.com has it right, Tigers are projected to play in the Gator Bowl. Not bad.

4. South Carolina (6-5, 3-5 SEC). Bowl eligible with a chance to break Clemson's four-year winning streak in head-to-head series.

THE ACC'S BEST AND WORST

1. Georgia Tech. Yellow Jackets have task of trying not to look beyond Georgia for ACC Championship game.

12. Duke. Blue Devils go for 0-12 season when they face North Carolina this week.

THE SEC'S BEST AND WORST

1. Arkansas. Gator fans become Razorback fans this week only, when No. 5 Arkansas faces No. 9 Louisiana State University.

12. Mississippi. With its game against Mississippi State, Egg Bowl and last place in SEC West on the line this week.

WHAT'S NEXT

South Carolina at Clemson, noon, Saturday (ESPN); Georgia Tech at Georgia, 3:30 (CBS-Ch. 12)

THIS WEEK'S STORY LINES

Clemson: Tigers own this rivalry of late.

Georgia: Bulldogs have to blanket wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Georgia Tech: Can Reggie Ball overcome mental mistakes and finally defeat Georgia?

South Carolina: Bold pick of the week: Steve Spurrier leads his team to victory and declares, "It's a great day to be a Gamecock."

- Chris Gay