Alabama Loss Shakes Up Pac-12 North Race with Two Games Left

Drew CopleyCorrespondent IINovember 11, 2012

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 6: Close-up of the Oregon Ducks 'Liquid Metal' helmet during the the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 6, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-21. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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With the stunning loss at the hands of the Texas A&M Aggies, comes the blown hopes of a national title for Alabama. The highly-touted Crimson Tide lost in their own house 29 to 24, completely shaking up the BCS rankings just weeks away from conference championship games.

As a result, the national title is in anyone's reach.

This particular loss by Alabama affects the numbers game attached with the team rankings. Multiple teams will now have shots they never had before. To be honest, though, the Tide were not expected to lose this game, or any game the rest of this season.

Pac-12 conferences races now get more interesting. The obvious matter is the likeliness of the Oregon Ducks jumping to the top spot. Although Kansas State is currently ranked second, they beat TCU 23 to 10. The Ducks pulled off the 59 to 17 win over Cal.

Realistically, the explosive offense of Oregon is tough to vote against however as the number one team.

Regardless, Oregon will move up, but they have a tough matchup next week at home against top-15 team Stanford. With the pressure of staying undefeated and a potential pick for the national championship, the Ducks will also have to fight the Stanford Cardinal to be atop the Pac-12 North standings. The following week, Oregon takes on rival Oregon State, who also happens to be among the top-15 teams. The Beavers must regain ground after losing to Stanford on Saturday.

As seen, there's a multitude of possible outcomes in the Pac-12, which is definitely not written in stone yet. With two weeks left of the regular season games, the North side of the conference is at stake, but the potential national championship team in Oregon is as well.

In another turn of events, this will possibly be the first time in six years that the SEC has not won it all.