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Monday, November 20th 2006

Controller of Fate

Pete Carroll As The Genie

The destiny of hundreds of players and coaches on other teams is in the Trojans’ hands. As anyone who pays attention knows, if USC beats Notre Dame and UCLA they will be in the national championship game. This despite the fact they’re currently #2 behind Michigan. But as Brad Edwards says,

Don’t be fooled by this week’s standings, though; the Wolverines do need some help. Despite what you think you see, USC is still in the driver’s seat to finish second behind Ohio State, and there will be no Michigan-OSU rematch without a loss by the Trojans. The Men of Troy are slightly ahead of Michigan in both BCS polls (remember, the AP poll doesn’t count) but trail the Wolverines in all but one computer. If USC closes the season by beating Notre Dame and UCLA, it will not only climb ahead of Michigan in most, if not all, of the computers, but it could even jump Ohio State in some. And as voters see more of USC and remember less of the Classic in Columbus, the Trojans should also put a little more room between themselves and the Wolverines in both polls.

Michigan, Arkansas, and Florida hold their breathes for those two games.