Here it comes. We didn’t have to wait as long as I thought.
The drumbeat for a “split” national title in favor of USC is already on.
This screenshot was captured from Yahoo at about 2:30 today –
While the underlying article isn’t quite as favorable for USC as the headline suggests, clever writers know that most of the public doesn’t read the article, only the headline. And look at that headline – “A split championship?”
It goes even further below, stating “Voters could give USC split national title”
The suggestion has been made, the idea implanted. Look for it to grow as sports media types ask coy questions of Pete Carroll and his Trojans in days ahead. “We think we could play anybody now”, they will say.
Last season Urban Meyer was widely criticized for merely suggesting his team ought to have a chance to play the presumptive number one team on the field for a national title.
USC’s most effective method of winning “national titles” seems to be to lobby AP voters after the fact.
Update: If the above is true, then why not Georgia?
Bowl Game Scores –
UGA – 41-10 over Hawaii
USC – 49-17 over Illinois
Bowl Teams Defeated (excluding bowl game)
Georgia – 7
USC – 4
UGA – South Carolina 16-12, at Tennessee 35-14
USC – Stanford 24-23, at Oregon 24-17
UGA – October 6th
USC – October 27th
UGA – 11th nationally
USC – 77th nationally
I dare Mark Richt to suggest the Dawgs ought to win the AP title – the press will rip him apart.