With the team now in Nola, a lot of the talk has shifted to whether they and their opponent are, in fact, the two best teams in the nation.
After USC's annihilation of the Illini in the Rose and Georgia's throttling of Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl, the usual cast of slobbering bobble-heads are saying things like the Trojans or the Bulldogs may in fact be the best team in the nation.
No matter that a mere six months after Harbaugh supposedly angered Carroll by saying he'd be gone in a year, he followed it up by winning a game in which his squad was 40+ point underdogs.
No matter that the turning point in the Georgia season came when they stormed back to score 13 unanswered 2nd half points to slip by Vandy 20-17. Well, that wasn't exactly the turning point, but dancing on the Vandy logo at midfield probably did it.
But hey, they may be right. Unfortunately, for fans of the Trojans and Bulldogs, under the current system, the Buckeyes or the Tigers will be the ones appearing on SI commercials every 5 minutes for the next 4 months (but don't count out the AP on a splinter move).
It's a long season and teams play lights-out at different parts of the season. Some teams obviously sustain this longer than others, but at the highest levels, you have to be prepared to compete week-in and week-out. Take care of business and put yourself in position to play for the marbles at the end is all you can do. And nobody does this better than Jim Tressel.
So, USC and Georgia fans, instead of complaining about how you should have had the right to play for the championship or stating that your team is the best team in the nation, how about you channel that energy towards the early death of this BCS thing. So all teams have a chance to settle it where it should be settled. On the field.