LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- College football has given us one of the wildest eight days in its recent history. In fact, dare I say it was nearly Madness-like? Ten thoughts on what we just witnessed:
1. Rest in Peace: The notion of Southeastern Conference superiority. At least for this season. And that doesn't mean Auburn can't beat Florida State in the national championship game. But that 59-42 laugher over Missouri in the SEC championship would've been panned and ridiculed to death in any other conference. Joe Posnanski of, well, I'm not sure who he's working for now, had the money Tweet: "This isn't just the WAC. It's a video game based on the WAC."
2. Conference realignment question: Had the Big Ten taken Missouri, would it be playing for a national championship this season? Discuss. Related: Mizzou jumped into the SEC and made that stuff look easy, did it not?
3. Florida State and Auburn will play for the BCS national title, but Michigan State is undoubtedly the people's champion for sparing the nation another Ohio State appearance in the title game. I don't know why so many people outside of alums and Central Ohio residents dislike the Buckeyes, but it is palpable. Note: Ohio State hasn't beaten an AP top 10 opponent in the regular season since 2006.
4. Photo of the year candidate. Urban Meyer, dejected, sitting on the back of a golf cart eating his postgame pizza. Papa John's, no less. Bitter ingredients, bitter pizza.
5. My only regret about the Ohio State loss was that E. Gordon Gee wasn't still school president to experience it. (Gee, incidentally, was named interim president at West Virginia on Friday.)
6. Now that we have the benefit of hindsight, we can rightly say pretty definitively that even if the University of Louisville had gone undefeated, it wouldn't have out-polled Auburn for a spot in the BCS title game. In the final USA Today coaches' poll, by the way, Central Florida finally passed U of L. The Cardinals are No. 16, UCF No. 15. Now, if the Cardinals had played a whole season the way they played the fourth quarter at Cincinnati . . .
7. Unrelated thought: I'd be fine with Lucas Oil Stadium as permanent host site for both the football championship and the NCAA men's Final Four.
8. All right, Louisville fans, a question. Would you rather be headed to a warm-weather bowl (which you are, the Russell Athletic in Orlando on Dec. 28), or would you rather have gotten the spot Rutgers just took -- opposite Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl the same day? No definite word on U of L's opponent just yet. The presumed opponent is Duke, but if Clemson doesn't get an at-large BCS invite, that could change.
9. Florida State QB Jameis Winston will win the Heisman Trophy. Chris Huston, of HeismanPundit.com, called the race even before Tallahassee prosecutors announced last week that they would not charge Winston on sexual assault or rape allegations. He has been running comfortably ahead in Huston's straw poll, even with the investigation hanging over his head. His numbers, his team's record, forget it. Winston walked away from Heather Cox after she asked a fourth question about off-the-field issues following Florida State's ACC championship win, but even that is not likely to hurt his inevitable march to college football's most prestigious award. Will Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater be one of the finalists headed to New York? Not likely, though his fourth-quarter performance at Cincinnati garnered plenty of attention. Probably too little, too late. Which is a shame. No high-profile player in the game consistently modeled a better message than Bridgewater. One consolation: He didn't drop as far off the radar as some preseason Heisman hopefuls. Anyone heard from Jadaveon Clowney lately?
10. The SEC was a slim ratings winner in the Louisville market on Saturday (among football games, anyway), but the Big Ten title game also turned in a strong showing. A look at some of the football overnights from broadcast TV, via The Nielsen Company. Each ratings point represents about 6,800 households in Louisville and the surrounding counties. The ratings share represents the percentage of televisions in use tuned to a program in the given period. Ratings are averages over the length of the entire broadcast, and may be adjusted when final numbers are out this afternoon.
1. SEC Championship (CBS) 11.4 rating/18 share 2. Big Ten Championship (FOX) 11.0/17 3. ACC Championship (ABC) 5.3/8 4. Big 12 Championship (FOX) 2.3/4 5. Mountain West Championship (CBS) 0.8/2.
None of those broadcasts, by the way, was the top broadcast of the day. That was Louisville's basketball victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, which drew a 16.3 rating/28 share. For comparison purposes, U of L's football game against Cincinnati on Thursday night drew a 15.6 rating/22 share. Remember, these numbers are for the Louisville market only.