While writers across the country are projecting their national championship scenarios - "If teams A and B lose their bowl games and team C wins its game then team C should be the national champion" it might be wise to remember that most of the top 10-rated teams still have games to play.
And based on what's happened so far, more than one will likely lose before the bowls (just ask Nebraska). The only team in the top 8 that's safe is No. 1 Colorado, which completed its season last week.Even the Buffaloes may be affected by today's games, however. Their Orange Bowl opponent, Notre Dame, is no longer No. 1, but No. 7. Now, what would happen should the Irish lose to USC in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum? Notre Dame would finish the season with an 8-3 record and drop to around No. 15 in the polls. Beating a No. 15 team might not assure Colorado of the title even though the Buffaloes are currently No. 1.
"When it comes to the final vote, people are going to remember that fifth-down victory. To me, Colorado has a loss, a tie and a `fuzzy'. I don't see how they can be ranked No. 1 now," said a writer from the East Coast.
No. 2-ranked Miami has games against Syracuse and San Diego State left, with the San Diego State game on Dec. 1 being at Jack Murphy Stadium. If Dan McGwire gets hot early, the Hurricanes may find their WAC nightmare (it started Sept. 8 against BYU) isn't over.
No. 3-ranked Georgia Tech has a tough regular-season finale - at rival Georgia on Dec. 1.
The No. 4 BYU Cougars also have a couple of tough games. The Utah State of late November bears no resemblance to the Utah State of early September. The Aggies have a good passer, Ron Lopez, and a good runner, Roger Grant, to lead a balanced attack - the same kind of attack that the University of Oregon had. The big difference is that this game is being played at Cougar Stadium, not on the road. And then there's the University of Hawaii, which is finally playing like the WAC contender it was supposed to be. The Cougs are on the islands for a Dec. 1 regular-season finale.
No. 6 Texas has two tough games left - at Baylor today and against Texas A&M on Dec. 1.
No. 8 Florida State faces No. 5 Florida on Dec. 1.
There will likely be a whole new set of championship scenarios after the games of Dec. 1.
TECH'S TITLE QUEST HURT: Georgia Tech's attempt at a national title was hurt by Nebraska's embarrassing 45-10 loss to unranked Oklahoma Friday. Instead of facing a 10-1 Top 10-ranked Cornhusker team, the Rambling Wreck will face a 9-2 team probably ranked between 15th and 20th in the Florida Citrus Bowl. Tech may need losses by Colorado, Miami, Texas and BYU to vault it to the top or a very impressive win over Nebraska.
BYU-WASHINGTON IN DISNEYLAND GAME? There apparently is a good chance that BYU and Washington will be invited to the second annual Disneyland Pigskin Classic at Anaheim Stadium next August. It's one of two early-season games sanctioned by the NCAA in conjunction with the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (no wonder people just call it "NACDA"), the other being the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. BYU played in the Kickoff Classic in 1985 against Boston College.
"That (BYU-Washington) would be a great game," said Rick Minch, NACDA's director of communications. "I really think that's the way they (officials associated with the game) are leaning," he said. An official announcement won't be made until after the bowl games.
This year's inaugural Disneyland Classic featured Colorado and Tennessee and ended in a 31-31 tie.
Should the Cougs go the Mickey-Goofy route, they would have probably even a tougher opening slate of games next season than they did this season - against Washington on a neutral field followed by the regular season opener at UCLA on Sept. 7 and then the next game on Sept. 21 against Penn State - at Penn State.
HEISMAN NOTES: During Friday's Nebraska-Oklahoma telecast on CBS, announcers Jim Nantz and Tim Brandt said the Heisman should end in a Ty . . . ESPN announcer Gary Danielson, during Thursday's West Virginia-South Carolina game, said he'd go for Ty Detmer for Heisman winner . . . A representative of CNN called Friday night to say Detmer would be featured in this morning's 9:30 a.m. college football pregame show with Dan Hicks and Danny Sheridan.