Colorado stigma to be surpassed by Huskers


There are two stigmas the University of Colorado will never escape from its national championship year of 1990.
The fifth down against Missouri.
The phantom clip that brought back Rocket Ishmail's punt return in the Orange Bowl.
There is also a group of people just east of Colorado, who while muddled in corn, will never let the Buffaloes forget that their national championship was farcical and no, that's not ice cream on a stick.
Over the years I've met very few Husker fans, aside from the two that I work with, who don't bring up the two missed calls in the '89-'90 season.
They don't forget to tell me how much CU didn't deserve the championship.
Yeah, well that's your opinion, man.
Perhaps, that's why Tom Osborne voted against the Buffs in the final coaches poll, relegating the Buffs to share a national title with Georgia Tech.
That's why the Bowl Championship Series was created.
It removes the human bias, and gives math nerds a chance to write an equation and let computers do the rest.
But somehow, somewhere, someone didn't carry a decimal.
The No. 3 Huskers, who received their worst shellacking in their football history from the No. 4 Buffs, now sit ahead of CU in the BCS polls, and still have a chance of playing for the national championship.
Instead of Nebraska being filled with the usual floral smell of ragweed and goldenrod, it is now beginning to smell like roses.
It also makes me curse the day that raisin farmers decided to put a college in Fresno.
At any rate, the entire Husker Nation has for at least one weekend, become LSU Tigers fans.
If the SEC West Champion Tigers beat No. 2 Tennessee for the SEC Championship, Nebraska will automatically get its berth to Pasadena and a chance to face the No. 1 Miami Hurricanes.
How likely is an upset by the unranked BCS Tigers?
I don't know.
But you can ask Texas, Florida and Nebraska about upsets in the upper echelons they should all be experts at upsets by now.
If Nebraska does make their way into the championship game, it will be the first time in the BCS history that a team didn't have to win a conference title to play for all the chips.
Nebraska coach Frank Solich explains his team's position as being a representation of a season's work, not just the one-game beating they took at the hands of the Buffaloes.
And most Husker fans are willing to point out that CU has two losses.
I agree that perhaps CU doesn't deserve to go to the big dance, but at the same time I see no reason why a team like Nebraska does either especially with the argument that the BCS is a representation of the entire season.
Well, didn't Colorado have a good season despite the opener against Fresno?
What about the last two weeks of the season?
Colorado beat two of the best teams in the nation, and that should account for something.
It's like Gary Barnett said, "It's hard to try to convince a computer that your team deserves consideration for the national championship."
There is no simple answer to what should be done if the Huskers make it to Rose Bowl, and no simple answer if they were to beat Miami.
There is an off-chance of a shared-national title if the sports writers of America feel Nebraska's ascenst to No. 1 is unjust, and then Nebraska will know again what it's like to share a title.
Not only does Colorado have a chance to share the title if they beat No. 5 Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl, but the same holds true for Oregon if they win.
The chance of Nebraska winning all the chips, after missing out on a conference championship shows the inherent flaw in the BCS no matter how long the equation is.
I, like a few universities, don't want to see the pageantry of the game lost in a playoff system.
Leave that for Sunday.
This year offers me a piece of personal justice, though, because if Nebraska wins it all, they will have done so under the most shady of circumstances.
And those of the Husker Nation will have no reason to bring up memories of fifth downs or the Rocket.

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