Week 15 is basically the beginning of the end of the college football season. Conferences like the ACC, Big Ten, MAC, Pac 12, and SEC are playing conference championship games. Only the Big XII and American Athletic Conference are the remaining power conferences still playing their regular season. We're not too far from us holding hands, singing Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" to the end of the season.
Conference championship games will take precedent in this week's TV Guide. Really, anything of consequence that decides a BCS bid will be given some scrutiny. Lesser games, like those involving South Florida and Rutgers, will be given only a casual mention.
Though this is the largest free website dedicated to Ohio State athletics, this week's TV Guide features the Florida State Seminoles. The Seminoles were part of four-cover spread for TV Guide in the first week of 1999. In that week, the Seminoles were trying to take down the no. 1 and undefeated Tennessee Volunteers in the Fiesta Bowl.
Ohio State fans should remember the significance of the first inaugural BCS of 1998 as it pertains to the last BCS this year. Michigan State already ruined Ohio State's BCS aspirations by that time in 1998. Ohio State needed UCLA, Kansas State, and Florida State to all lose in the final week of the season. UCLA lost to Miami. Texas A&M beat K-State in the Big XII Championship Game.
Florida State, though, prevailed over Florida that year because Florida ruins everything. Unlike 1998, Florida State is not staking its claim to no. 1 right now. It is no. 1.
That year, Ohio State had to settle for mauling the Texas A&M Aggies in the 1999 Sugar Bowl. Florida State later lost to Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl, because Tee Martin gets a national championship while Peyton Meanning doesn't. Makes sense.
Here's your schedule for this weekend.