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Ohio State beats Michigan.
LSU loses to Ole Miss or Arkansas or the SEC East champion.
Oklahoma loses to Texas Tech or at the Big 12 Championship Game.
USC beats UCLA and Oregon State.
Ohio State rises to No. 2 in the polls and No. 1 in the BCS ranking.
Oklahoma drops no farther than No. 2 in the BCS.
And USC, No. 1 in both polls, is No. 3 in the BCS ranking and doesn't play in the Sugar Bowl.Implausible? Sure. But the math works. If that happened, the national championship spotlight would shift to the Rose Bowl, three days before Ohio State and Oklahoma play. The Rose Bowl would not get to host an Ohio State-USC game for the title. But given that the nearby Trojans would benefit, the Tournament of Roses would probably get over it.
Ivan Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
|Many factors still need to sort themselves out, but this much is certain: A Michigan win on Saturday will greatly reduce the stress levels of fans in Southern California.|