In 2006, Ohio State defeated Michigan 42-39 in a titanic clash of unbeatens.
Some clamored for a rematch in the BCS national title game. But the majority of voters elected to send one-loss Florida to the title game, even though Michigan’s only defeat came on the road against No. 1 Ohio State.
This season, however, a rematch of Texas and Oklahoma in the national title seems possible.
The Sooners, ranked No. 4 overall in the first BCS standings released Sunday, received the highest computer rating (No. 4) of any one-loss team.
Plenty of football is still left to be hashed out. The top-ranked Longhorns have tough road tests remaining at Texas Tech and Kansas, and a home bout this Saturday with red-hot Oklahoma State.
OU has November showdowns against Tech and OSU in Stillwater to go.
But if Texas and OU both win out, which is not impossible, and Alabama and Penn State both lose, which is probable, the Red River Rivalry could have a second chapter in Miami.
"No one is talking about Texas and OU in the national title,” said Richard Billingsley, who operates one of six computer rankings that factor into the BCS. "But it’s a real possibility.”
There’s no BCS rule that prevents teams from the same league from playing in the national championship. And, as OU proved in 2003, a team doesn’t have to win its conference to advance to the national title, either.