Considering the way things have turned out at the top of BCS rankings, it's quite a shame that the future playoff idea wasn't immediately instilled. The top four teams in the soon-to-be-released standings all remain undefeated and all compete in different conferences.
Now of course, every season we're convinced that several teams just flat out will not lose and they end up proving this wrong, but there is good reason to believe that all top four teams in 2012 will remain undefeated.
As I noted earlier, none of these teams are in the same conference, so none of them will face each other, so that's not an issue.
With the exception of Oregon, whose offense looks unstoppable, each of these teams have pretty much survived the tougher parts of their schedules and are on the home stretch of an undefeated journey.
For instance, Notre Dame's only decent opponent remaining on their schedule is USC, who has now been beaten three times and clearly isn't the top-five team we thought they were when the season began. They should easily finish the season unscathed.
Kansas State still has TCU, Baylor and Texas left on their schedule and while the Horned Frogs and Longhorns are solid teams, it's hard to honestly expect Klein and company to drop either of those games.
As for the Crimson Tide, they just successfully hurdled the biggest obstacle on their schedule with their 21-17 victory over LSU yesterday and really shouldn't drop another game. Texas A&M is the toughest team left in Bama's way and while they may keep it close, the Aggies won't win that game.
I understand that Oregon still has ranked opponents like Oregon State and Stanford left in their path, but I think it's obvious that the Ducks are far and away the best team in the Pac-12, and I can't see them losing to either of these challengers.
As for conference championships, I feel like each of these teams are the proven best in their respective conferences, and barring a unique circumstance, they should have no trouble.
Upsets certainly do happen. That's a proven fact. But considering who these teams have left to play and how they have performed so far this season, the top four teams will most likely not lose.