Oregon-Alabama May Be Our Only Hope to Avoid a Boring BCS Championship

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IOctober 28, 2012

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 13:  Head coach Nick Saban watches from the sidelines during 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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With Florida falling to Georgia on Saturday, the Gators are likely out of the National Championship picture with one SEC game left on their schedule.

That leaves the question of who will be No. 2 at the end of the season.

For the sake getting the best possible title game matchup, both Oregon and Alabama need to be the two teams playing in South Florida for the BCS National Championship.

Alabama still has to survive against LSU at Death Valley on Saturday night. But after what the Tide did to Mississippi State in their 38-7 win, it looks like they are playing on another level.

The only concern, however, is the health of QB A.J. McCarron, who suffered a back contusion in the win. It is only a slight one though, since coach Nick Saban said McCarron would have come back into the game if needed.

McCarron's interception-less season is just the icing on the cake for the Tide who boast the best scoring defense in the country and the No. 11 scoring offense, led by the one-two punch in the backfield, Eddie Lacy and super-freshman T.J. Yeldon.

The Tide do have a difficult stretch starting with Saturday's road trip to No. 5 LSU and then hosting No. 16 Texas A&M and their explosive offense.

Out West, the Oregon Ducks have moved up to No. 2 in both the AP and Coaches Poll, and for good reason: they can score in the first 15-20 minutes what most teams can't do in a full game.

The Ducks clearly don't miss Darron Thomas and LaMichael James because Marcus Mariota and the combo of Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas are doing just fine.


This year, however, it's not all about offense. The Ducks can play some defense.

Most of the points they've allowed have come after Oregon had put the game out of reach, especially at Arizona State when they held the Sun Devils' potent offense to just seven points in the first half. By that point, Oregon had already put up 43.

The No. 1 scoring offense hasn't been tested all season, but they play three ranked teams in their final four games before the Pac-12 Championship Game, including No. 15 Stanford and archrival No. 13 Oregon State in the last two weeks.

Below the Ducks in the polls are Kansas State and Notre Dame, two teams that are also undefeated. But as good as Collin Klein is, it would be hard to imagine the Wildcats scoring on Alabama or the Wildcats' great defense slowing down UO's offense.

And as good as the Irish are on defense, their offense is too reliant on the big play. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but living on the big play is a double-edged sword which could hurt ND down the road, even though there is one tough team, USC, left on their schedule.

It's clear at this point in the season that Alabama and Oregon are the two best teams in the country and should be on a collision course for the BCS National Championship Game.

And if college football really wants to get this one right, these two teams need to make their way to South Florida.


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