The BCS rankings are out and the SEC and Big 12 occupy the top four spots with LSU and Alabama in the top two, and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at third and fourth respectively. We know that two of those teams will have at least one loss this season because the conference rivals are still scheduled to face each other. When the BCS championship game is played, will it feature the winners of those two meetings?
Rich Kurtzman, Colorado State Rams Examiner: If one had to guess right now, the answer would be a definite yes. The BCS wants teams from the biggest conferences. Even if Boise State shows the world they are dominant, they won’t get a sniff of the championship as long as two undefeated teams from AQ conferences are there in the end.
Gerald Nicdao, San Diego Sports Examiner: It seems like the college football world is destined to see a SEC-Big 12 matchup in the BCS title game. The Big 12 no longer has to play a championship game, so the winner of Oklahoma-Oklahoma State seems like its going to be undefeated heading into its bowl game.
The SEC east is much weaker than the SEC West, with South Carolina the only team that can poise a threat to the SEC East’s champion.
But the SEC does have one more hurdle to jump—the rivalry games that LSU and Auburn will play in the final week of the regular season. Arkansas has a dynamic offense that can threaten LSU’s defense. And you can never really say who is going to win in the Iron Bowl.
If the SEC slips up in that weekend, look for Wisconsin to jump into the BCS title game—especially if the Badgers continue to blow out competition in the Big Ten.
Jordan Caldwell, Utah Utes Examiner: I believe that the winner of the Alabama/LSU matchup will be in the title game, although upsets within the SEC are very likely. In the Big 12, upsets are even more likely and that is why I don’t see either Oklahoma or Oklahoma State going undefeated. I believe it will be Wisconsin facing off against the SEC champ for the national championship.
Max Price, Oregon Ducks Examiner: It’s hard to forecast a BCS championship game this season that doesn’t include the winner of Alabama-LSU and Oklahoma-Oklahoma State. LSU looks to me like the best team in the nation, and Alabama isn’t far behind, if behind at all. I don’t believe Oklahoma State is better than Oklahoma, but they’re such a good team this year that the winner of that contest will be in the title game. Unless some extremely crazy things happen – which isn’t out of the question – the winners of these two meetings will be in the national championship game.
Kevin, National College Football Examiner: With essentially half the season remaining I’ll play the odds and say that we see just one of these teams in the BCS championship game. I look at Oklahoma State and see a defense that could let a game sip away from them, and what happens if Oklahoma State is the team that knocks off the Sooners? That leaves just one of these teams left, with LSU or Alabama guaranteed to have one loss this season. I know a lot of people will argue for it, but if there are multiple undefeated teams left standing at the end of the season, I’m not so sure any of these teams we’re discussing can afford to have one loss as far as the BCS championship game is concerned.
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