BCS Championship Picture 2012: Title Game Candidates After Week 4

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 15:    Head Coach Nick Saban talks with Dee Milliner #28 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Crimson Tide defeated the Razorbacks 52-0.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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After four weeks of the 2012 college football season, the talk is starting to shift toward figuring out how the BCS Championship picture will look at the end of the season.

While it may still be a few months off, every team’s purpose and goal is to make it to the BCS National Title game, and the focus started months ago. With that said, it’s never too early to figure out which teams deserve the honor.

All of the following programs have proven that they are the cream of the crop, but only two will have the chance at national championship glory in 2012. These are the top BCS Title candidates after Week 4.


Florida State

There was little doubt that the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles would face their toughest test of the season in Week 4 when they took on ACC foe, No. 10 Clemson Tigers.

Not only did the Seminoles pass their test—winning the game 49-37—Florida State proved that they must be considered serious contenders for a BCS National Title game appearance. If any of the top three teams in the nation slip up, FSU will be there to steal the glory.

With only one ranked team left on the schedule, the likelihood that the Seminoles could win out is very high. If Florida State gains victories in each of their remaining games and beats the Florida Gators in the final week of the season, they will be in the national title game.



While the first half of the Ducks’ 49-0 win over the Arizona was a defensive struggle, Oregon finally broke the No. 22 Wildcats in the second half. They scored 36 points after halftime.

As impressive as the offensive onslaught was, it was the stingy Ducks’ defense that proved Oregon is a serious contender in the BCS title picture.

There is likely to be an SEC team in the national title game, so Oregon’s defense will need to be playing as well as they did Saturday to contend and even possibly steal the show with the win.

With an incredibly tough schedule remaining, if the Ducks finish the season as one of the top five teams in the nation, they will have earned every drop of their BCS National Title consideration.



Most college football fans look at the SEC as the closest thing to NFL football the game has to offer, but Alabama is the best of that bunch. With so much talent in that conference, the fact that the Crimson Tide can separate themselves like they have proves how truly talented they are.

After giving up 21 points in four games, it is clear that the growing pains many experts believed would come from the huge turnover on the Crimson Tide offense and defense hasn't been there.

The NFL Draft may have watched loads of Alabama players selected, but Nick Saban knows how to keep his team full of star athletes. As seen by the school’s 4-0 start to the season, they picked up right where they left off.

Alabama’s second-half schedule is much tougher than the first half, but if the Crimson Tide stay unblemished until they play LSU and promptly beat the Bayou Bengals, there is no question that they will be in the BCS National Title game.


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