Thursday, November 09, 2006


When you wish upon a star, dreams will take you very far, yeah. When you wish upon a dream, life aint always what it seems, oh yeah. Once you see your light so clear, in the sky so very dear.

You're a shining star, no matter who you are. Shining bright to see what you can truly be, that you can truly be. - Earth, Wind and Fire

The old saying, "That's why they play the games" has never been more fitting. The football team of Rutgers University, a team that played in the first-ever intercollegiate game in the nation in November 1869, waited for centuries for a win like this. Practically 130 years later, the team for the first time beat a ranked team as a ranked team. Not since 1980 have they even beaten a ranked team. This was a team that was in shambles just a few years ago.

They upset the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals, and have shaken the (already weak) foundation of the B.C.S. world, along with all of college football.

The stars were out tonight in New Jersey. Those stars took shape in the form of James Gandolfini and Donovan McNabb. But the real stars, the shining stars, were on the field. The defense was purely physical against the second rank offense. Every catch by a Cardinal was met by a sea of red clobbering on the receiver. The front line stalked the quarterback all night long.

And then the offense used a powerhouse running game to bring themselves back from a 25-7 deficit.

Louisville may have given this game away when, in the first half, up 22-7, they had first and goal. But instead of scoring a touchdown, they were held to a field goal, giving the Scarlet Knights hope.

By the end, the hope was capped off by a Jeremy Ito kick, and the Scarlet Knights walked off the field as the only undefeated team in the Big East.

If they can run the tables, and win the rest of the way (it won't be easy: Syracuse, Cincinnati and West Virginia stand in their way), they could find themselves playing for a national championship.

But given the difficulty of winning the next three games, there is suddenly a whole new field of teams that have a chance to move up in the B.C.S. standings including Oregon, Florida, Notre Dame, California and U.S.C.

The B.C.S. will truly be put to the test, and the end of it could be near if Rutgers winds up playing for the championship. Goodbye, B.C.S. and Hello, playoff system.