BC's win tonight was huge, but it also may have thrown the ultimate monkey wrench into the college rankings this season.
The fact of the matter is that unless Ohio State beats Penn State this Saturday by a wide margin, there's a good chance BC will become #1 in all the rankings. And while that's the right thing - technically - to do, it's also just completely and fundamentally wrong.
BC lucked out last night, plain and simple, in multiple ways. The first was that they didn't have to face V-Tech's #1 QB Tyrod Taylor. The second was that they recovered that onside kick. The third was that they converted with 11 seconds left.
Now, BC could potentially finish the season undefeated and play in the National Championship. Even though I can think of multiple one loss teams (LSU, Oregon, Oklahoma, USC) and even some two loss teams (Florida, Cal) that could all manhandle BC.
Plus, Ohio State could go undefeated as well, setting up a Boston College/Ohio State National Championship. Yikes. I'd hate to see the ratings for that game.
The problem here is that teams like LSU, Florida, USC and Oregon play in far superior conferences and have to match-up against each other during the course of the season. And then they get penalized too much when they lose while a team like BC can potentially ride a less than stellar schedule to the National Championship provided they win one or two big games against a good - but crippled - opponent.
And that's exactly why we need a playoff system. Because in many peoples' minds, whether BC is undefeated or not at the end of the season, they should have to at least prove themselves against one of the big guns from the SEC or Pac-10 in order to be considered true national champions.