USC idle; Lane Kiffin still center of attention

Saturday's Alabama-Georgia winner in the SEC title game will play Notre Dame for the national title.

If my top SEC team wins its conference and then beats Notre Dame, there's a good chance it might jump over idle Ohio State.

Q: Can you imagine the chaos if the undefeated Buckeyes — had they been eligible — were not invited to the title game?

Brad Davis

Carol Stream, Ill.

A: I don't need to imagine chaos in the BCS — I've lived it for 14 years. I think voters would have taken a much harder look at Ohio State had the Buckeyes been eligible this year. Ohio State also would have had a chance to play, and win, the Big Ten championship game.

The argument over undefeated Ohio State and one-loss Alabama or Georgia, though, would have been something.

Q: Regarding your Rankman (emphasis on "rank"): Every time I read this column I hear crickets — and I Iive at the beach, not in the country.

I have no idea why any sportswriter would want to emulate Scott Ostler.

Dave Perkin

Redondo Beach

A: You are entitled to your opinion but, if I might, let's first break down your comedy act. You say you have a question regarding Rankman (emphasis on "rank"). The only thing missing from that gem was "insert rim-shot."

And your "I hear crickets and I live at the beach" line, well, that one had me in stitches. You should really quit your job and get this material out to a larger audience.

FWIW: Ostler, a former L.A. Times columnist who now writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, has 13 times been named California Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Assn.

Why would anyone want to emulate him?

Q: Curious why SDSU is ahead of FS and SJSU in the rankings.

Eddie Hughes

A: Is this a question or an eye chart? (Insert rim shot … see how it works, Dave Perkin?)

For Rankman, it all came down to San Diego State defeating Boise State in Boise, something only two schools have done in the last decade (Boston College, Texas Christian).

Plus, San Diego has better Mexican food than either Fresno or San Jose.

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