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College Football Corner: Who's No. 1?

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Who's No. 1?

OK, not No. 1 in the BCS, but who is really the best college football team in the country? As we prepare for tonight's FedEx (FDX) BCS National Championship Game between "No. 1" Oklahoma (12-1) and "No. 2" Florida (12-1), will the winner really be the best team in the country?

A couple of weeks ago, many people would answer in the affirmative. But then USC (12-1) and Utah (13-0) made some statements. The Trojans took care of business against a solid Penn State team. Penn State was competitive, but in order to win, the Lions needed to play error-free. They didn't. They also probably didn't think USC quarterback Mark Sanchez would light them up for 400-plus yards.

And how about Utah coming out of nowhere? (if it's possible for a 13-0 team to come out of nowhere), shutting down the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, which is basically SEC turf.

So those two clubs are hoping that they have a chance to finish No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll. Texas (12-1) also feels it belongs in there, too, but that argument is less persuasive after the Longhorns' last-minute victory over Ohio State (10-3).

Speaking of the Buckeyes, they looked physically dominant for a good part of this game. But would that be enough to quash the canard that the Big Ten is weak? Probably not, to Texas' detriment. Let's face it, either team could have won that game, and what a game it was.

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