When Texas A&M beat Alabama 29-24 in Tuscaloosa two weekends ago, it appeared that the SEC's chance of winning its seventh consecutive BCS National Championship had joined Geno Smith's Heisman chances in the history section of the library.
But last Monday, we pointed out that not only did the SEC have a good shot at repeating, but that the chances of another SEC vs. SEC BCS National Championship game still existed.
One week later, not only is it possible, it's one of the most likely scenarios after Stanford topped then-No. 2 Oregon and Baylor blew out then-No. 1 Kansas State.
The SEC rejoices, while the rest of the country trembles in terror from the thought of more punts and field goals.
The Saturday night upsets in Waco and Eugene helped Florida move all the way to the No. 4 spot in the latest BCS standings, behind Alabama and Georgia—one of which is guaranteed at least one loss between now and the end of the season.
If Notre Dame were to lose on Saturday to USC—which will be starting Max Wittek at quarterback in place of the injured Matt Barkley—the door would be wide open for the Gators to walk on through and into the BCS National Championship game, provided they topple Florida State on Saturday in Tallahassee.
The reason is simple: The computers already love the Gators.
They currently rank No. 2 in the BCS computer average, one spot ahead of Alabama. A loss by the Fighting Irish would almost assure Florida of the top spot in the computer average, especially since a win over the No. 10 Seminoles, which rank 17th in the computer average, would still be rather impressive to the computers.
It would also put a lot of pressure on voters in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and the Harris Poll, who may not want to give credit to a Florida team that needed a blocked punt at the end of regulation to beat Louisiana-Lafayette.
But beating Florida State may be easier said than done.
The Gators will head to Tallahassee with starting quarterback Jeff Driskel questionable, after he injured his ankle vs. Louisiana-Lafayette two weeks ago.
Even if he plays, the Gators—a team that struggles moving the football through the air—may have a hard time finding success against a Florida State team that currently boasts the top defense in the country at 236.3 yards per game.
Last year's Alabama vs. LSU BCS National Championship game drew the third-worst viewership of any national championship game in BCS history, with only a 14.0 rating.
America didn't like the SEC monopoly of college football's biggest stage last season, but if Notre Dame gets beaten, it may want to get used to the idea of it happening again.