Thursday, July 19, 2012
The most epic day ... ever?
By ESPN.com staff ESPN.com
Pause for a moment and ask yourself what will be the two biggest college football games in 2012.
LSU-Alabama, without question is one. It's a rematch of last year's national title game and the winner is highly likely to win the SEC West. These days that means you get to play for the national title.
Oregon-USC, without question is the other. The critical difference between this and the LSU-Alabama game is there likely will be a rematch in the Pac-12 title game, as the Ducks and Trojans are -- unlike the Tigers and Crimson Tide -- in opposite conference divisions.
Robert Woods and USC are expected to be involved in what could be college football's most intriguing Saturday in recent memory.
In just about every preseason poll, these teams will be ranked in the top five or so. LSU and USC are pretty much atop every preseason poll. Oregon and Alabama follow shortly thereafter. Athlon's had this foursome as its top four, going USC, LSU, Alabama and Oregon.
So, yeah, these are two big games. It would not be surprising if the winners play for the national title. And you couldn't get anyone to bet you that at least one of these four teams won't play for the title. I'd lay the odds of one of the four reaching the title game at 97 percent.
But this isn't really anything you don't already know.
What began to sink in with me today is that these games are both scheduled for Nov. 3. The same freaking day. The LSU-Alabama game is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on CBS. The Oregon-USC game is TBD.
Cue up this music. It will be the perfect accompaniment for what could become the most epic regular-season day in college football history.
The big story in college football this summer has been the four-team playoff coming in 2014. Well, we have one right here. In the regular season. And, again, on the same freaking day. While there are plenty of other national title contenders -- Oklahoma and Florida State to name two -- the odds are pretty good these two games will feature the nation's top four teams and no defeats.
And, by midnight PT of Nov. 3, that will all change and we could have a clear top two.
It's not necessarily great that both games are on the same day. It's possible -- perhaps likely -- there will be some overlap. Might be a good idea to check the "recall" button on your remote control the week before. That said, the potential for a cataclysmic Saturday, overbrimming like never before with the intrigue, emotion and trash talking that fuel our passion for this great game, could cause heads to explode across the nation.
Mine already is throbbing a little typing this.
We conclude with a serious note.
Each of you should heed this warning. At this very moment, you should fire out an email to everyone you know or could potentially know in advance of Nov. 3. The email should say you will be unavailable, on Nov. 3, 2012, for any weddings, family reunions, births, funerals or any sundry events that don't involve a Hi-Def, large-screen TV tuned to college football.