Right now, we would rank Iowa above Penn State as a member of the Top 15 college football teams for the 2008 season. Penn State is a Top 15 team, but neither team is worthy of the Top Ten.
Throw out the season as a whole... Who are the Top 15 teams right now in College Football? Iowa beat Penn State in 2008 by the score of 24-23. Iowa did lose four games. They lost all four games by a total of 12 points. They clearly would match up with any of those teams right now. They started the season 3-3, but have rolled off six wins in seven games and are clearly playing better than Penn State right now.
Who are the Top Teams in College Football right now? Does the Big Ten close 2008 with a Top Ten team in the FBS?
USC is clearly a Top 5 team. Heck, head to head, they may be able to beat just about anyone with their combination of offense and defense. USC's only loss was at Oregon State, while Florida lost to Mississippi at home, no less.
The Big Ten clearly has one remaining candidate for the Top Ten this season. Ohio State will play Texas in the Fiesta Bowl on January 5Th.
Clearly, the BCS would benefit from changing to a +1 format, with traditional bowl ties and a final BCS Championship game to crown the best team. USC deserves the same opportunity as Texas to play Florida in the BCS Championship game.
Oklahoma will face Florida in the BCS Championship game on January 8Th, but USC may be making some believers for the final AP Poll, which doesn't consider only one game to determine their national champion.