Just one more week.
OK, let me rephrase. Just one more long week.
After endless BCS speculation, the bowl picture has finally cleared up following a thrilling rivalry week, but we still aren't quite ready to answer all of the remaining questions. Championship week remains, and in addition to a slate of games that should provide an absurd amount of entertainment, there are multiple teams that can still shake up the year's best bowls.
Let's take a look at which squads hold the most power.
Note: A complete look at the Week 14 BCS standings can be found at that link or at the bottom of this page.
No. 3 Georgia
This one is pretty simple. No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia will battle for the SEC title. The winner will go the national championship while the loser will drop all the way out of the BCS.
As if there wasn't enough on the line already, that's an absolutely huge drop-off.
No. 17 Kent State
If, at the beginning of the season, you thought the MAC championship was going to be arguably the most important game of Week 14, raise your hand.
Put your hands down, Kent State and Northern Illinois fans.
How will the next month play out?
The Golden Flashes have a chance to cause a whole lot of havoc if they beat the Huskies on Friday night. If they win and find a way to move up to No. 16 or higher, they will earn a BCS spot.
That means the Sugar Bowl, after likely taking Florida as an SEC replacement, will turn to the Big East champion (Rutgers or Louisville) instead of an at-large team like Oklahoma for the second team.
In addition to turning the Sugar Bowl into one of the most lopsided BCS bowl games ever, Kent State will end up facing Florida State in what will likely be the second most lopsided BCS bowl game ever.
So, yeah, havoc.
If No. 21 Northern Illinois finds a way to beat Kent State, it would need to jump five spots to cause the same mayhem. Should the Huskies win and not jump that many spots, the Big East champ will go to the Orange Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will get a more enticing at-large pick.
I think it's safe to say this will be the most-watched Friday MAC game of all-time.
No. 6 Kansas State
Should the Wildcats knock off No. 18 Texas on Saturday night, they will win the Big 12 and be headed for the Fiesta Bowl.
Boom. Party time.
But if they slip up and Oklahoma goes to TCU and beats the Horned Frogs, the Sooners will go to the Fiesta Bowl, leaving the at-large spot in the Sugar Bowl wide open (if the Kent State situation doesn't play out).
If that spot is opened up, there will be plenty of squads hoping to get a call. It could still very easily be Kansas State, and it probably will be, but it depends on how far they fall and who the Sugar Bowl decides to pick. No matter who gets picked in this hypothetical situation, however, it will draw plenty of criticism.
But hey, it wouldn't be the BCS without criticism, right?
|WEEK 14 BCS STANDINGS|
| 1. Notre Dame|
| 2. Alabama|
| 3. Georgia|
| 4. Florida|
| 5. Oregon|
| 6. Kansas State|
| 7. LSU|
| 8. Stanford|
| 9. Texas A&M|
| 10. South Carolina|
| 11. Oklahoma|
| 12. Nebraska|
| 13. Florida State|
| 14. Clemson|
| 15. Oregon State|
| 16. UCLA|
| 17. Kent State|
| 18. Texas|
| 19. Michigan|
| 20. Boise State|
| 21. Northern Illinois|
| 22. Northwestern|
| 23. Oklahoma State|
| 24. Utah State|
|25. San Jose State|