Hey, maybe they all deserve to go   

Updated: December 4, 2007, 1:03 PM ET

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In a season messier than an entire group of offensive linemen at an all-you-can buffet, the debate will continue through the start of the BCS title game: Which team deserves to play Ohio State?

LSU ended up getting the nod, but Page 2 breaks down all the potential contenders and the reasons to argue for each school:

Ryan Perrilloux

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While some teams struggled without their starting QB, Ryan Perrilloux stepped in for Matt Flynn and led LSU to the SEC title.

LSU (11-2)
Won the SEC title game even though starting QB Matt Flynn was injured. ... Is 12th in nation scoring offense. ... Big wins included Middle Tennessee, Tulane and Louisiana Tech. ... Undefeated in all games decided in regulation ... also undefeated in all games that don't end in one or two overtimes. ... The chance that some reporter will ask Les Miles if he's really sure he's going to be coaching LSU next season. ... The chance that some reporter will ask Miles if he thinks this game is bigger than a Michigan-Ohio State game. ... The chance that some reporter will ask Miles if he prefers his eggs scrambled or sunny-side up. ... Potential sideline guests: Shaquille O'Neal, JaMarcus Russell, James Carville, Hillary Clinton. ... Potential references to that back-stabbing, no-good scumbag Nick Saban and how the program seems to be just fine since his departure.

West Virginia (10-2)
Undefeated in games in which Heisman-contending QB Pat White doesn't get injured. ... Exciting offense features two 1,000-yard rushers (White and Steve Slaton). ... Backup RB Noel Devine averaged 8.7 yards per carry. ... Big wins included Western Michigan, Marshall and East Carolina. ... The chance that the Mountaineers could show up in those hideous all-yellow uniforms. ... The chance the team would win the BCS title and then wear T-shirts reading "West Virgina, National Champions" ... Potential sideline guests: Jerry West, Major Harris, Kevin Pittsnogle, Pacman Jones, Hillary Clinton.

USC (10-2)
Won sixth straight Pac-10 championship and, remember, in the Pac-10, everyone plays a full conference schedule, unlike say the SEC, in which all this Georgia-LSU controversy could have been avoided if the they had actually just played each other. ... Second in nation in yards allowed per game. ... Undefeated in games John David Booty isn't hurt or throws four interceptions. ... Big wins included Nebraska and Notre Dame, which would have been pretty impressive 10 years ago. ... Pac-10 looked really tough until, umm, Cal lost six of its final seven and, umm, Arizona State lost two of its final four and, umm, Dennis Dixon got hurt and Oregon lost its final three. ... Potential sideline guests: Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Will Ferrell, O.J. Simpson, Hillary Clinton.

Virginia Tech (11-2)
Won final five games by average score of 35-15. ... Avenged earlier loss to Boston College in ACC title game. ... Fifth in NCAA in yards allowed per game and second in points allowed. ... Lost to LSU by 41 (oops, wait, never mind) ... Undefeated in games where it isn't playing the No. 2 (at the time) team in the nation. ... Big wins included Ohio, William and Mary and Duke. ... Beat Florida State and Miami by a combined 49 points, which would have been really impressive five years ago and, boy, what the heck has happened to those two programs. ... Potential sideline guests: Bruce Smith, Michael Vick, Hillary Clinton.

Kansas (11-1)
Undefeated in games when it doesn't actually a play good opponent. ... Sixth in NCAA yards per game. ... Second in points per game. ... Big wins included Central Michigan, SE Louisiana, Toledo and Florida International. ... Wisely did not play Oklahoma, Texas or Texas Tech in conference play. ... And yet was somehow ranked No. 1 at one point. ... The random chance that we could see highlights of the following people during a Jayhawks game: Wilt Chamberlain, Gale Sayers, Paul Pierce, Danny Manning, Bob Dole. ... Potential sideline guests: Larry Brown and Roy Williams (haha, just kidding!), Hillary Clinton. ... The chance for 826 references from the announcers saying, "Kansas is no longer just a basketball school!"

Georgia (10-2)
Bulldogs have won six straight, including wins over Florida, Auburn and Kentucky. ... Undefeated in games when the entire team storms the field after a first-quarter touchdown. ... Big wins included Western Carolina, Troy and Mississippi. ... Ranked 69th in NCAA in yards per game. ... But 19th in yards allowed, which means they average a whopping 50 yards more than their opponents per game and, remember, they play in the SEC, so that must be a lot more impressive than it seems at first glance. ... The chance to hear announcers mispronounce star running back Knowshon Moreno's name. ... Potential sideline guests: Herschel Walker, Dominique Wilkins, Ryan Seacrest, Kim Basinger, Hillary Clinton. ... The chance that team mascot UGA attacks an opposing player.

Oklahoma (11-2)
Pummeled then-No. 1 Missouri by three TDs in Big 12 title game. ... Third in nation in scoring. ... Bigs wins included North Texas, Utah State and Tulsa. ... Loss to Texas Tech was largely influenced by injury to QB Sam Bradford. ... Loss to Colorado -- well, there's really no excuse for that. ... This team laughs in the face of adversity -- and NCAA sanctions: Two BCS bowl appearances since Rhett Bomar employment scandal added two more years to existing probation. ... Intanglible: Sooner Schooner drawing a penalty in a big game is always a possibility. ... Coach Bob Stoops, a former lieutenant to visor pioneer Steve Spurrier, also rocks the visor. ... Possible sideline guests: Billy Sims, Adrian Peterson, Mookie Blaylock, Brian Bosworth, Hillary Clinton.

Missouri (11-2)
Undefeated against every team except Oklahoma. ... Seventh in scoring and fifth in yards per game. ... Big wins included Western Michigan, Illinois State and Ole Miss. ... QB Chase Daniel has sick numbers: 4,170 yards, 33 TDs. ... Chance to hear announcers constantly mention that Daniel is "perhaps a little pudgy around the middle." ... Possible sideline guests: Sheryl Crow, Brad Pitt, Carl Edwards, Steve Stipanovich, Hillary Clinton. ... Opportunity to reminisce about the Woody Widenhofer and Bob Stull years.

Hawaii (12-0)
Umm, they're undefeated?


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2007 Bowl Season

College football's bowl season ended with the crowning of the LSU Tigers in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game, but not before Georgia and USC made convincing arguments on the field that they deserved to be the top team in the land. The good news? The 2008 season is mere months away.

BCS Title Game

Maisel: What a way to geaux
Wojciechowski: Miles deserves a wa-hooooo
Forde: Ohio St. buckles under BCS pressure
Schlabach: Game analysis

GameDay: Big Ten weak? ESPN Video
Forde/Schlabach: BCS analysis ESPN Video
Forde/Schlabach: Keys to the game ESPN Video
McShay: BCS breakdown ESPN Video
Postgame quotes: Jim Tressel ESPN Video
Postgame quotes: Glenn Dorsey ESPN Video
Postgame quotes: Les Miles ESPN Video
LSU celebrates win over Ohio State ESPN Video

BCS Title Game Preview

Forde/Maisel: 10 reasons Ohio State/LSU will win
Forde: BCS title game important for more than football to New Orleans
Maisel: OSU's children of the scorn
Forde: Destiny's Team tag fits Tigers well
Wojciechowski: Don't believe the hype
Forde: Tale of the tape
Maisel: BCS QBs not stars, but leaders
Schlabach: 'Ironhead' Heyward's memory alive in son
Beanie carries the load for Bucks
Maisel: Healthy Dorsey ready to roll
Wojciechowski: Ohio State's motivational DVD
Maisel: Face of the Ohio State
Wojciechowski: Les is more
Schlabach: BCS notebook
Low: Steltz family ties
Low: Early bowls offer BCS game clues
Scouts' edge: LSU or Ohio State? Insider

Forde/Maisel: Breaking down the title game ESPN Video
Forde/Maisel: Hester, Laurinaitis define teams ESPN Video
Forde/Schlabach: X-Factors ESPN Video
Schlabach: Bucks' WRs key ESPN Video
Players expect electric atmosphere ESPN Video
GameDay: Which defense will prevail? ESPN Video
Forde/Maisel: LSU's D-Line vs. Ohio State's O-Line ESPN Video
Maisel/Schlabach: Title game intangibles ESPN Video
Forde/Schlabach: Pelini's impeding departure a factor? ESPN Video
McShay: BCS Championship preview ESPN Video

Fiesta Bowl
Forde: Stewart nails on-the-job interview
Forde: Scene of the crime
Forde: Mo' money, mo' problems
Forde: Picture worth 1,000 words

Rose Bowl
Schlabach: USC looks like nation's best team
Feldman: McKnight's impressive coming-out party
Schlabach: Illinois' offense as easy as 1-2-3
Feldman: USC defense starts, finishes up front
Schlabach: Rose coaches have similar stories
Feldman: Patience helps Booty weather storm
Schlabach: Leman's success mirrors Illini's rise
Feldman: USC still up despite 'down' year
Schlabach: Third year a charm for Zook, Illini

Sugar Bowl
Maisel: Seems like old times
Low: Howard hosts sack party
Maisel: Sweet smell of success
Schlabach: Richt takes a walk on the wild side
Dinich: Jones finds ohana in Hawaii
Low: Growth spurt helps Georgia come of age
Nielsen: 'Dread-Heads' Hawaii's unsung stars

Orange Bowl
Dinich: Kansas proved it belonged
Dinich: Kansas time share
Dinich: Virginia Tech makes two work

Other Bowl Coverage
Adelson: A final spin in the old Carr
Dinich: Texas Tech steals a bit of luck
Low: Liberty Bowl win caps MSU's season
Low: Croom's breakthrough season
Low: UCF's Smith running into record books
Feldman: Motivated Horns stampede Sun Devils
Maisel: Lone Star State QBs shining on bowls
Schlabach: Coaching transition game
Forde: Schnellenberger takes road less traveled

What To Watch
Pat Forde: Bowl-der Dash
Insider Feldman's picks: December | January
Flash Gallery: Chris Low's impact players
Heather Dinich: Bowling for the best gifts

BCS Selection Sunday
Pat Forde: The grateful duo
Ivan Maisel: Tigers, Bucks survive, advance
Gene Wojciechowski: Theater of the absurd

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