And in truth, the Cowboys have no one to blame but themselves. Beat Iowa State, hang on to a 24-7 lead, and OSU would be headed for Bourbon Street while the Samsung prattled on about Alabama's greatness.
My dismay over the rematch is not that OSU got left out. It's that everyone not coached by Nick Saban got left out.
The BCS mantra – every game counts – has been exposed. Not only does every game not count, the biggest game of the season doesn't count.
LSU's 9-6 overtime victory, that Game of the Century in Tuscaloosa – the game of the 19th century, someone called it – didn't mean anything. It was the SEC title game, that's what it was. Nothing more.
That every-game-counts nonsense has been de-bunked.
But don't take it personal, Cowboys. No one's out to get you. The SEC cartel is out to get everyone who doesn't play in Dixie. Boone Pickens was right Saturday night when he said it looks like the SEC is running a closed system.
So go West, Cowboys. Go to Phoenix, beat Stanford, finish No. 3 behind LSU and twice-beaten Alabama, and walk tall. OSU's first major bowl trip in 66 years is a total winner.
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