Fighting Irish stuck in neutral

Updated: November 27, 2004, 5:27 PM ET
By Chris Fowler | ESPN Insider
Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone! Coming up in the column: Dickie V, the Big Unit, The Velcro Pygmies, the Walrus, Snoop Dogg and other scattershot items.

But first, the largest remaining mystery of the college football regular season. Is there one big surprise in store? Will USC stumble? Can Iowa State pull off a stunner for the ages against OU? Will short-handed Tennessee avenge a home blowout by Auburn?

If not, one group of fans will forget all they have to be thankful for this season and direct venom at a BCS system that has again failed to solve the championship puzzle. That's the shame of it all.

The Sooners and Tigers have already accomplished the extraordinary: perfect regular seasons in very punishing conferences But their fans seem unable to savor it for a second because of the focus on the BCS logjam at the top. At ESPN, we're just as guilty as anyone.