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2012 BCS Rankings: How an "Armageddon" Scenario Could Leave Fans Furious

Five Teams, One Trophy: Who won't get to play for The Coaches' Trophy?
Five Teams, One Trophy: Who won't get to play for The Coaches' Trophy?Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Alex MussoFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2012

The 2012 BCS Rankings are shaping up to have as many as five undefeated teams at the end of the season.  Excluding Ohio State (ineligible for postseason play and not ranked), Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon, Louisville and Notre Dame are all undefeated.  

Each one of those teams has a strong chance of finishing with unblemished records.  If the so-called "BCS Armageddon" were to occur, picking a BCS National Championship pairing will leave a lot of fans angry.  

Right now, Alabama would be a lock for a spot in the BCS Championship, but who would they play? And what if LSU blows Alabama out this weekend?  Can fans stomach an undefeated Notre Dame, Kansas State, Oregon or Louisville being passed over for one-loss LSU?  This year's BCS standings could have fans begging for 2014, when a playoff is finally instituted.  

If LSU wins this weekend and every other undefeated team wins out, a one-loss SEC team could still make the championship game.  If this happens, the BCS would essentially be admitting that the regular season doesn't matter.  Regardless of the outcome of the Alabama vs. LSU game, there are still at least two other teams that would be left out of the BCS title discussion after playing a perfect season.

Fans will be angry, players will be angry.  And if the AP Poll has a different No. 1 at the end of the season, all bets are off.

What most fans understand by now is that the BCS system is flawed and protects traditional powerhouse teams based on biases from coaches and media members, who then pick the teams who play in the National Championship Game.  

Athletic Directors of the major conferences have claimed that NCAA Division-I football can't have a playoff for a variety of reasons, all ridiculous.  Thankfully, in just two years time, we'll actually have a four-team playoff that will likely only open the door for a larger postseason down the road.

For now, we are left to ponder the many ways our favorite teams can be left out of a championship game despite finishing with a perfect record.  Only in NCAA Division-I football is perfection not good enough.

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