Fighting Irish stuck in neutral

Updated: November 27, 2004, 5:27 PM ET
By Chris Fowler | ESPN Insider
Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone! Coming up in the column: Dickie V, the Big Unit, The Velcro Pygmies, the Walrus, Snoop Dogg and other scattershot items.

The USC song girls have had plenty to cheer about this season.
But first, the largest remaining mystery of the college football regular season. Is there one big surprise in store? Will USC stumble? Can Iowa State pull off a stunner for the ages against OU? Will short-handed Tennessee avenge a home blowout by Auburn?

If not, one group of fans will forget all they have to be thankful for this season and direct venom at a BCS system that has again failed to solve the championship puzzle. That's the shame of it all.

The Sooners and Tigers have already accomplished the extraordinary: perfect regular seasons in very punishing conferences But their fans seem unable to savor it for a second because of the focus on the BCS logjam at the top. At ESPN, we're just as guilty as anyone.

Chris Fowler

College Football
Since 1989, Chris Fowler has been ESPN's primary college football and men's college basketball studio host. He's anchored College GameDay, the network's award-winning Saturday morning college football preview show, since 1990.