BCS Championship Picture 2012: Title Game Candidates After Week 8

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 10:   The Coaches' Trophy, awarded to head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game during a press conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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After another wild Saturday of college football, it’s once again time to sift through the anarchy that was Week 8 and decipher which teams are serious BCS Title Game contenders.

While there are still many teams in contention to be considered for a BCS Championship berth, there is a clear upper echelon to the standings.

With so many great teams playing out of their mind, the BCS standings have rang true and the top three rated teams in the nation are the top contenders for glory after Week 8.


No. 3 Oregon Ducks

The Arizona State Sun Devils were heralded as the Oregon Ducks’ biggest test of the season so far, but a 43-21 victory for the No. 3 ranked Ducks proves they have the offense and defense to be viable BCS Championship contenders.

While there is no college football fan that will question the prowess of the Ducks’ offensive unit, it is the improved play of the team’s defense that makes them one of the elite teams in the nation.

If the defensive unit can continue to remain rigid and create turnovers, there is little doubt they will be in the conversation for BCS Championship consideration. If the Ducks played a great team like Alabama, though, there is little doubt that would be handed a tough loss.


No. 2 Florida Gators

As much as the Florida Gators passing attack has been non-existent for the majority of the season, their stellar defense has stood out as the biggest key to the team’s success.

That formula is the patented SEC template for building a team, and the Gators are following it to perfection. With a pass attack ranked 118th in the nation and a defense ranked fourth, it’s obvious what kind of team Florida has become.

While a beatdown of the No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks was a huge step in the right direction, the Gators have yet to play Georgia, Missouri and Florida State in what could be the toughest remaining schedule in the nation.

If the Gators win the rest of their games, they will undoubtedly be in the BCS National title.


No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide

There is no better team in all of college football than the Alabama Crimson Tide. While their offensive unit showed great strides in Week 8—putting up 44 points on SEC rival Tennessee—the defending National Champions are predicated on defense.

The Crimson Tide are allowing the lowest amount of points per game in all off college football (8.3) and have yet to truly have their biggest game. That should be a terrifying thought for the teams left on Alabama’s schedule.

With tough games against LSU, Mississippi State and Texas A&M, if Alabama can remain undefeated on the season, they will be the No. 1 school in the nation and the clear favorite in the BCS National Title game.

With so much turnover in personnel at Alabama, the fact that the Crimson Tide are still this good is flat-out amazing.


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