That looming Week 16 battle on Monday Night Football between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints could be a big deal for the entire Southeast, and not just the NFC South portions. BCS executive director Bill Hancock told the Associated Press the Sugar Bowl and BCS National Championship Game have been flexibly scheduled in case Falcons-Saints gets postponed by a week or two due to the NFL lockout, either of which would affect those bowl games.
A one-week delay would force the Superdome's Sugar Bowl to be held on a Tuesday night. That bowl has a SEC tie-in, as does the next week's (though unofficially). The BCS title game will also be held in the Superdome this season.
If the Southeast's premier pro sports rivalry is bumped back by two weeks, college football's disjointed and awkwardly paced title game could be played earlier in the weekend or on, like, a Wednesday. CRAZY IDEA: play it on a Saturday.