When the clock struck 0:00 in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday night, and Texas A&M had knocked off the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, the SEC's chances of winning its seventh straight BCS National Championship were put on life support.
But in the famous words of Lee Corso, "Not so fast my friends."
If two of the top three—Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame—lose, a one-loss SEC champion would likely get the nod from the BCS and play for the crystal football.
That would surely keep "SEC fatigue" alive and well for another offseason.
But wait...there's more.
While remote, the chances of another SEC vs. SEC BCS National Championship Game still exist, thanks to Florida sitting with one loss.
If the Gators can win out, which would include a win over No. 10 Florida State, they would be in good position to claim one of the top two spots.
Computer rankings. The Gators currently are ranked No. 3 in the BCS computer average, one spot ahead of Oregon.
Computers comprise one-third of the BCS equation, and if the "Big Three" all lose, Florida would almost certainly get the nod in the computers over all of them.
It would come down to the voters.
Would the power of the SEC win out over "SEC fatigue?" Perhaps. But voters fall for style points, which would seem to favor Oregon—the team that is currently behind one-loss Florida in the computers.
The chances are remote, and the chances of Florida making the title game would probably come down to who the current undefeated teams lose to and how they lose.
As far as wooing voters goes, Florida would be fighting an uphill battle. The Gators rank 12th in the SEC in total offense (330.6 YPG) and dead last in passing offense (142.3 YPG). They needed a last-second blocked punt to avoid overtime with Louisiana-Lafayette and struggled with Bowling Green and Missouri.
Style points are a myth to Florida, but its power in the computers still make another SEC vs. SEC BCS National Championship Game a remote possibility.
Can you imagine the "SEC fatigue" that would come from that?