You know schadenfreude (SHAH-din-FROY-duh), the pleasure one gets at the suffering of others? Well, for those of you who absolutely can't live w/o USC winning the BCS title, here's a little something to keep in mind for the rest of the football season. Remember, any team can beat any other team on Any Given Saturday (esp. rivalry games), so here's a look at the upcoming schedules of the 10 teams ranked higher or close to USC in the 3 major polls with their AP ranking in parentheses.
LSU (1): the BCS title is theirs to lose, but they're meeting Kentucky and Auburn among their conference opponents.
Cal (2) will play both ASU and USC before meeting Stanford.
Ohio State (3) Luckeyes will meet both Wisconsin and Illinois before their final game against Michigan, whose season has certainly gone uphill since week 2.
Boston College (4) gets to attempt to stop Notre Dame's winning streak and later gets Virginia Tech and FL State.
South Florida (5) meets Cincinnati in a few weeks and does have a chance to go undefeated this year.
Oklahoma (6) has lost to unranked Colorado and their only ranked future opponent is Missouri. Do they still have a rivalry w/ OSU?
South Carolina (7) has lost to LSU and gets both Tenessee and Florida, as well as a rivalry game w/ Clemson.
West Virginia (8) gets Rutgers soon, which may give the Scarlet Knights a chance to get back into the Top 25. They'll also face Cincinnati and have already lost to South FL (which isn't as bad as losing to Stanford).
Oregon (9) gets a whole lotta Pac-10 opponents, including USC.
Missouri (11) gets OU next week and have big rivalries w/ both Kansas teams who they play at the end of November.
Virginia Tech (12) has already lost to LSU and they get Boston College AND FL state later.
One could also root hard for Stanford now, as their subsequent success makes the loss less embarrassing.
A BCS title is not impossible. A slim chance is better than none at all -- just ask the Colorado Rockies...
If you're still reading, you may want to see the musical Avenue Q as they've a hilarious song about schadenfreude. I was lucky to catch the Tony-winning version when I lived near NYC a few years back...