What’s the problem? USC didn’t go for two after it scored on a 48-yard TD pass in the closing seconds against UCLA last Saturday night. So ….
USC’s regular-season finale against Arizona has ramifications. But not the ones Trojans fans expected when the 2009 college season started with that classic matchup against San Jose State in the Coliseum way back when.
At stake …. the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco? Sun Bowl in El Paso? The Denny’s Grand Slam Bowl in Temecula?
Depends on how the rest of the Pac-10 schedule plays out this weekend on the last day of the regular season. One of them isn’t televised nationally. So why play it? No. 19 Cal finishes its season at Washington on Fox Sports Northwest.
Oregon-Oregon State determines the Rose Bowl invite and Pac-10 title. Loser likely is set for the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. After that, it’s lose, and pick and choose. Step over UCLA along the way if you must.
It all climaxes with the BCS selection show on Sunday … on Fox. A week before the Army-Navy game is decided? OK, you live with that.
== 6 p.m., ESPN: No. 13 Oregon State at No. 7 Oregon (with Chris Fowler, Craig James, Jesse Palmer and Erin Andrews)
== 5 p.m., ESPN2: MAC Championship: Ohio vs. Central Michigan (with Joe Tessitore and Rod Gilmore)
== 7 to 9 a.m., ESPN: “College GameDay” at Atlanta, site of the SEC Championship matchup of No. 1 Florida vs. No. 2 Alabama, with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard.
== 9 a.m., Channel 7: Big East Championship: No. 5 Cincinnati at No. 14 Pittsburgh (with Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Holly Rowe)
== 9 a.m., ESPN: No. 24 West Virginia at Rutgers (with Dave Pasch, Bob Griese and Chris Spielman)
== 9 a.m., ESPN2: C-USA Championship: No. 18 Houston at East Carolina (with Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham)
== 9:30 a.m., Big Ten Network: Fresno State at Illinois (with Wayne Larrivee, Chris Martin and Charissa Thompson)
== Noon, ESPN360.com: New Mexico State at No. 6 Boise State
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 7: Arizona at No. 20 USC (with Mike Patrick, Craig James and Heather Cox)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN: NCAA Division II Semifinal: Carson-Newman vs. Grand Valley State (with Pam Ward and Ray Bentley)
== 1 p.m., Channel 2: SEC Championship: No. 1 Florida vs. No. 2 Alabama (with Vern Lundquist and Gary Danielson)
== 5 p.m., Channel 7: Big 12 Championship: No. 3 Texas vs. No. 21 Nebraska (with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters)
== 5 p.m., ESPN: ACC Championship: No. 12 Georgia Tech vs. No. 25 Clemson (with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews)
== 5 p.m., ESPN2: South Florida at Connecticut (with Mark Jones and Bob Davie)
== 8:30 p.m., ESPN2: Wisconsin at Hawaii (with Terry Gannon and David Norrie)
== 5 p.m., Channel 11: The BCS selection show, right after Fox’s coverage of Dallas-New York Giants, and just before KTTV fires up another “I Love Lucy” rerun.