It could have meant the world ... to Texas Christian.

"Just stuck my arm up," said the 350-pound Cody, whose one arm equals three for the average human.

You don't get a best-out-of-seven to find out who ends up no top in college football. Sometimes you get fourth-and-goal and one play to beat Michigan State.

Sometimes two teams end on top and you get to argue about it for years.

Saturday is what makes college football so week-to-week watchable, profitable, and confounding to millions who think the circumference of Cody's arm should not be able to possibly determine which teams hoists the crystal trophy.

Without a playoff, college football careens for months like a runaway car without its brakes — you don't know where it's going or when it's going to stop.

How many times has one play during the regular season determined everything?

In 1997, Nebraska defeated Missouri in overtime thanks to a you've-got-to-be- kidding pass from quarterback Scott Frost that bounced off receiver Shevin Wiggins' foot into the diving arms of teammate Matt Davison.

Nebraska ended up 13-0 and won the third and final national title for legendary Coach Tom Osborne.

In 1998, the first year of the BCS, Arkansas quarterback Curt Stoerner's fumble in the backfield without being touched allowed Tennessee to score the game winning touchdown with 28 seconds left. That enabled Tennessee to win the national title with a win over Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl.

In 2002, Ohio State finished 14-0 after squeezing past Cincinnati by four, Northwestern by nine, Wisconsin by five, Penn State by six, Illinois by seven in overtime and Michigan by five.