BCS Standings: One-Loss Teams Whose National Championships Hopes Are Still Alive

David DanielsSenior Writer INovember 5, 2012

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 3: Alec Ogletree #9 of the Georgia Bulldogs is congratulated by teammates after making a tackle for a safety against the Ole Miss Rebels at Sanford Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Anything can happen in college football.

Today, four undefeated teams currently sit atop the BCS standings. Tomorrow, those zeros in the loss columns could lose weight.

Yes, this season, the odds are stacked against one-loss teams to sneak in to the title. But it isn’t impossible, not yet at least.

Picture this: an Alabama loss in the SEC title game, a Kansas State trip up vs. Texas, an Oregon letdown at Oregon State and a Notre Dame collapse against USC. Those outcomes wouldn’t be the greatest upsets in the history of western civilization, to say the least. And in the event that multiple perfect clubs do fall, here’s a handful of one-loss clubs that could still receive a championship berth.

3. No. 11 Oregon State

Laugh while you can.

If the Beavers take care of business against Stanford, defend their home turf against Oregon and triumph in the Pac-12 Championship over USC or UCLA, all of a sudden, they’re in the BCS title conversation. Oregon State’s crystal-ball dreams are far from shattered. It just has to string together a few improbable wins first.

2. No. 6 Florida

Winning out for the Gators would include beating in-state rival Florida State. While such a triumph would be impressive, it’d still need Georgia to be upset by one of its remaining opponents to play in the SEC title game. If the Bulldogs fall to Auburn or Georgia Tech and Florida astonishes Alabama in the conference championship, it’s in.

1. No. 5 Georgia

If the Bulldogs win out, they’ll be on top of the SEC East at regular season’s end due to their victory over Florida. It’d then receive an opportunity to knock off the No. 1 Crimson Tide in the conference title game. And if Georgia shocks the world, it’s unlikely that the SEC champ is left out of the national championship game.

Here are the current complete BCS rankings.

BCS Rankings

Rank Team
1 Alabama
2 Kansas State
3 Oregon
4 Notre Dame
5 Georgia
6 Florida
8 South Carolina
9 Louisville
10 Florida State
11 Oregon State
12 Oklahoma
13 Clemson
14 Stanford
15 Texas A&M
16 Nebraska
17 Texas
19 USC
20 Louisiana Tech
21 Mississippi State
22 Texas Tech
23 Rutgers
24 Northwestern
25 Toledo