Utah stunned me with their mandhandling of the Tide a year ago, and given that Boise State needed statue of liberty "gotcha" type antics to score a win over Oklhahoma a while back, the Utes performance resulted in a reconsideration of my previously consistent stance that these cute little teams have no place with the big boys. The recent two night storm of BYU-UTAH and utter domination of Pac Ten notables has nearly obliterated my previous off-hand dismissal of mid-major competitiveness. Given the system in place, we will never know, but I think that perhaps Texas and Alabama may be lucky to have drawn each other as opposed to Boise (who ass-stomped Oregon) and TCU which has shown flashes of complete and utter defensive domination throughout the year. If the fact, and no longer a hunch, but the FACT that these mid-majors are not only competitive with the big time, big conference schools, but may at teams be vastly superior to the Texases, Oregons, and Bamas of the world, registers with the powers that be, maybe, just maybe, this god-for-saken debacle of a system that has completely deflated my interest in post-season college football will be revisited, and abolished with the quickness.
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."