BCS Championship Picture 2012: Title Game Candidates After Week 7

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 13:  Head coach Nick Saban leads players onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After another wild week in college football, it is once again time to reevaluate which teams are true candidates to participate in the title game and which teams are pretenders in the BCS Championship picture.

With No. 9 LSU beating No. 3 South Carolina, the turnover at the top of the AP Top 25 is sure to change the national title game outlook dramatically.

While it may hurt some college football fans’ feelings, most teams in the sport don’t have a chance at glory.

On the other hand, all of the following teams have been playing great and have a chance to steal the show and make the BCS national title game.


Kansas State

While many hardcore college football fans have already written off the Kansas State Wildcats, those stubborn fools better think again. With a 6-0 start to the season and a schedule that lends credibility to the team going undefeated, the Wildcats are legitimate.

Their pass attack is mediocre at best—ranking 112th in the nation with just 179 yards per game—but Kansas State plays an old-school style football predicated on tough running and stellar defense.

The Wildcats' rushing attack, led by running back John Hubert and quarterback Collin Klein, is the 12th-most effective in the country ( 248.5 yards per game). But it is the outstanding play of their defensive unit—19th in the nation—that makes them national title contenders


Notre Dame

While Notre Dame has always been one of the most popular teams in the country, it is finally earning its status this season by putting together an amazing start to the college football year.

Whether or not the Irish can capitalize on the hot start is another story, though.

After beating three ranked teams in the last four weeks, allowing only a combined 22 points in the three games, it is the Fighting Irish defense that has been the key. The balanced offensive attack has been a huge factor in the team’s success, but the 8.7 points per game given up by the Irish (second in the nation) separate them from the pretenders.

With two more ranked schools on the schedule, Oklahoma to end October and USC to end the regular season, the Fighting Irish will be in the national title game if the team remains undefeated.



The Alabama Crimson Tide are the unquestioned No. 1 team in the nation right now, and they will remain as such until a team proves to be in the same league with the SEC giant.

With the top-ranked defense in college football, the Crimson Tide are only allowing an average of 7.5 points per game. And they have looked just as dominant against ranked team as they have against the smaller schools on the schedule.

Each of the next four games comes against ranked or previously-ranked teams, so Alabama’s final stretch of the season will be its toughest. If the team can stay unblemished, there is no doubt that the Crimson Tide will earn a BCS championship berth.

It’s almost unfair how dominant Alabama has been this season.


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