As the 2006 college football season has come to a close, and all the dust settled, two teams have risen to the top and will battle for the right to be called champion.
It is no surprise that that the Ohio State Buckeyes are there. After going wire-to-wire as the No.1 team in the land and being led by Heisman Trophy front-runner Troy Smith, the Buckeyes could have punched their ticket to Glendale, AZ., in October.
But, it was the match-up in November, with the Michigan Wolverines that has thrust this season’s BCS championship selections into upheaval well – the non-Buckeye’s half, anyway. Ohio State edged then No. 2 Michigan 42-39 and talk began of a possible re-match with the national championship hanging in the balance.
But, on a weekend where Michigan was idle, The University of Florida overtook the No. 2 spot with a win over Arkansas 38-28 in the Southeastern Conference Championship. The victory earned the Gators a ticket to the BCS title game. So instead of the 104th meeting between the two storied programs of Ohio State and Michigan, we get the first ever meeting of Ohio State and Florida.
Seems clear enough, right?