A week ago, fans of the SEC as a whole were left to wonder how their near stranglehold on the BCS title game came unstuck.
‘Surely, there was a way for at least one team to sneak into the title game?’ might have been the thought running through the brains of the SEC brass.
Sunday, those thoughts changed to, ‘How about another SEC vs. SEC BCS Title game?’
It is not only plausible; it has serious legs with a couple more losses.
Those scoffing at the idea might want to forgo reading the rest of this.
The SEC would just about be guaranteed a slot if Notre Dame becomes the third No. 1 casualty in a row after Alabama was stung by Texas A&M two weeks ago and Kansas State was floored by Baylor Saturday.
But with a few more factors in their favor, the SEC might be enjoying the full BCS spread again by themselves again in Miami.
The aforementioned Notre Dame has to lose, obviously, against USC for any of this to even materialize.
An Irish win over the Men of Troy ends this scenario immediately.
But what if the Golden Domers lose their nerve in the Rose Bowl and fail at the final hurdle?
The idea is not farfetched.
A loss throws the doors wide open to the SEC’s big guns, starting first and foremost with the Crimson Tide.
Given the perilous state of Auburn, the Crimson Tide ought to be able to roll over the Tigers in the Iron Bowl and get a head of steam built up for the SEC title game.
The winner of that matchup is pretty much a mortal lock now for the BCS Title game.
Who they dine with then becomes the far more fun part.
Florida will wrestle with Florida State Saturday as well, and a win over the Seminoles makes it very difficult for Oregon to make up any ground in the BCS computers—the place where they are currently trailing the Gators
Stanford, who dispatched the Ducks, only needs to beat UCLA twice in a row to win the Pac-12. A loss in the first matchup puts Oregon within sniffing distance again for the BCS, but it would require a convincing win over Oregon State and the Bruins to make a reasonable case.
Kansas State, meanwhile, pretty much needs the sky to fall on everyone above them and a massive win over Texas to even get its name mentioned again in the discussion.
What may be the most worrisome to the Pac-12 and Big 12 is that by the end of next week, six SEC schools could be in the Top 10 and, depending on results, maybe even the Top Eight.
At that point, it becomes nearly impossible for the SEC not to have both seats at the BCS title.
Others can scoff all they want.
The biggest and most powerful teams in the land deserve to be fighting for a national title.
Just because they all seem to be in the SEC is not the southeastern part of the country’s fault.