Last year I went out on a limb (not really) and predicted (drunkenly) that Ohio State would play a one loss SEC team for the MNC. My point isn't that I'm the all seeing prognosticator of football (which I am), only that PB's countdown is still in the triple digits and I need a fix.
Who do you think will play for the MNC game next Jan? I think it will be an undefeated USC and an undefeated Texas, in a death defying rematch of 2005.
Some issues to consider.
Can any SEC team emerge undefeated from the conference? I dont see it happening
Would an undefeated Big East team get passed over by a one loss team fom the SEC, Big12, Big10? My feeling is that the Big East is the easiest conference to get through, but would get bullied in the press by the bigger conferences.
Million dollar question:
Could a one loss SEC team get voted in over an undefeated team from the B10, B12, P12? I think this is what the season will come down to. Florida showed the SEC toughness last year, but I just cant envision a one loss team getting voted in over a big name team from the power conferences. If it was an undefeated Iowa (who dodges OSU AND Mich) Ok State or Cal, then the odds increase greatly. If undefeated Texas, ou, or USC, then not so much.
Note that I dont think any of this is necessarily fair, only that I think it is how the system works and trying to predict accordingly.