What a long, strange trip it’s been.

Oregon’s loss last night marks, incredibly enough, the fifth time that the number 2 ranked team in the nation has lost to an unranked opponent in the last seven weeks (that, per Ivan Maisel).

What’s interesting from Georgia’s standpoint is what that loss does to its BCS chances.  The essential question to be asked at this point is how many conferences deserve to send two teams to the BCS.

You’d think the Pac-10 and Big XII are pretty much assured of two schools in the BCS, and the Big East and ACC only providing one apiece.  That’s six of the ten slots.  If the winner of the Boise State-Hawaii picks up one of those – and that’s not guaranteed – that leaves three places allocated for the SEC and Big Ten.

Pete Fiutak at College Football News seems to think that Michigan will beat Ohio State this Saturday to win the Big Ten and play in the Rose Bowl.  The surprise is that he thinks Ohio State will grab the Sugar Bowl slot that most of us have been thinking would go to a 10-2 Georgia.   (Of course, it’s possible that Fiutak thinks that the Dawgs either lose one of their remaining regular season games, or lose to LSU in the SECCG.   He doesn’t say.)

Here’s how he lays it out:

BCS Championship
LSU vs. Oklahoma

Rose Bowl
Michigan vs.
Arizona State

Fiesta Bowl
Oregon vs.

Orange Bowl
Virginia Tech vs.
West Virginia

Sugar Bowl
Ohio State vs.
Boise State

Honestly, unless there’s a third loss somewhere in the picture for Georgia, I don’t see how a two loss Ohio State jumps it for a BCS game.  One thing, though, about Fiutak’s scenario is that he doesn’t have Southern Cal in the BCS, either.  How cool would a Georgia-Southern Cal bowl game be?

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