How a Texas A&M Win over Alabama Would Shake Up BCS Landscape

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterNovember 6, 2012

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
Texas A&M QB Johnny ManzielStacy Revere/Getty Images

If all four top teams in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) hold serve, we are headed towards the biggest BCS logjam since 2007.

According to, Alabama has the best shot of the "big four" to run the table and finish undefeated (78.9 percent). 

Standing in its way is SEC newcomer Texas A&M, which will travel to Tuscaloosa this Saturday hoping to mix up the BCS race with an upset over the No. 1 Crimson Tide.

So just how can the Aggies spring the upset? B/R's Ian Berg shared his thoughts on the possibility this week.

If that were to happen, Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame would be on a mad dash to fill those two spots in the BCS National Championship Game, with undefeated Louisville lagging behind kicking and screaming.

What would an A&M upset of Alabama mean for the SEC?

It would mean that the SEC would need help to earn a spot to play for the crystal football, despite the narrative that would inevitably emerge from SEC country that the best football in the country is played within the conference.

A one-loss Alabama team or a one-loss Georgia team that beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game would not get the benefit of the doubt over any of the top three undefeated teams, assuming that they stay that way.

That's a bit hypocritical, since the goal of the BCS is to match up the top two teams in the country, but a loss is a loss and that has to count for something. In Georgia's case in particular, it's going to be hard for voters to forget about Georgia getting blown out by 28 points by South Carolina.

Barring any other unforeseen upsets, it would be Oregon and Kansas State for all of the marbles.

Notre Dame fans may not like that, but both human polls have the Fighting Irish as a solid No. 4, 131 votes behind No. 3 Kansas State in the Harris Poll and 81 points behind the Wildcats in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.

Style points matter, and until Brian Kelly's crew improves upon that No. 61 ranking in total offense, the Irish won't be viewed as a complete team.

As was the case last week versus LSU, an Alabama loss will end the SEC's streak of consecutive BCS National Championships.