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Buying or Selling Every Top 10 Team as a BCS Championship Contender

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIOctober 10, 2013

Buying or Selling Every Top 10 Team as a BCS Championship Contender

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    With every week, college football sees the rise and fall of BCS National Championship contenders.

    In Week 6, two BCS hopefuls in the Top 10 made strong cases in the race for the crystal football.

    Meanwhile, another appears to have fallen off after a wave of physical misfortune came its way.

    With eight undefeated teams still hanging on in the Top 10 and numerous one-loss hopefuls not far behind, the race for a berth in the 2014 BCS title game at the Rose Bowl is shaping up to be one of the most thrilling in recent years.

    Of all the nation's best teams, which have the best shot at actually playing for a BCS ring?

    Note: Rankings are based on the Week 7 USA Today Coaches Poll.

10. Oklahoma: Sell

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    Oklahoma snuck its way into the Top 10 but hasn't played like a Top 10 team in the process.

    In fact, the Sooners haven't even looked like the best team in their own conference. Their recent 20-17 win over a reeling TCU team left much to be desired.

    OU will still have to make it through Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and, most importantly, Baylor to even win the Big 12.

    If the Sooners manage to beat out the Bears, who are as dangerous as any team in the nation, they still probably won't have enough to make the BCS title game.

    With undefeated teams from the ACC, Pac-12, SEC and Big Ten all ahead of them, even at 12-0 the Sooners could be on the outside peering in at the championship picture.

9. Texas A&M: Sell

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    Texas A&M's loss to Alabama is still crippling for its BCS title hopes.

    The Aggies will still have to go through a very talented LSU team to give themselves a shot at the title, but they will need help even then.

    A&M can hope for a collapse from every team ahead of it in the rankings except Alabama, which could potentially set up a rematch with the Crimson Tide in the title game.

    LSU's loss to Georgia also actually hurt the Aggies, since it took away the possibility for a three-way tie atop the SEC West Division that could potentially have sent them to the league title game. 

    Simply put, the one-loss Aggies are running out of scenarios that could place them in the running for the national title.

8. Louisville: Sell

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    Louisville will more than likely end the regular season undefeated.

    Wins over UCF and Houston are far from guaranteed, but the Cardinals still look like the best team in the American Athletic Conference.

    Unfortunately for them, there is just no way they will have a strong enough résumé to pass other teams currently in the Top 10.

    Oklahoma, Ohio State, the ACC winner, Pac-12 winner and even a one-loss SEC team will all beat out Louisville.

    Without a single ranked team on their schedule, the Cardinals will need a miracle to compete for the BCS title.

7. Georgia: Sell

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    Georgia looked capable of winning the SEC and making the BCS title game up until last week when the injury bug chewed the Bulldogs up.

    The Dawgs will carry on without three of their top receivers, Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley, as well as running back Keith Marshall. Additionally, top running back Todd Gurley will likely be out at least for another week, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Depending on when he returns, UGA will need to dig deep to even make it through the brunt of its regular season.

    If the Dawgs can last, they'll still have the tall task of taking down Alabama (most likely) in the SEC title game.

    After their narrow 34-31 escape with Tennessee, that isn't looking promising.

6. Florida State: Buy

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    Florida State showed that it is a legitimate threat to Clemson in the ACC when it dismantled Maryland 63-0 last week.

    The Seminoles, led by freshman star Jameis Winston, are dangerous on offense and staunch, as always, on defense.

    They'll also benefit from a bye week before heading to Clemson on Oct. 19. 

    If the Noles can take down the Tigers, they'll be in control of their own destiny to win the ACC. If they can do that, they just might find themselves in the title game.

    Their résumé would include wins over Florida, Miami (FL), Clemson, Maryland and possibly Virginia Tech in the conference championship game.

5. Stanford: Buy

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    Stanford also proved to be a legitimate national title contender last week when it held off a pesky Washington team.

    The Cardinal were BCS title game-worthy throughout while facing their toughest test so far this season. 

    After a slow start to the season, they gained steam quickly and are proficient enough on both sides of the ball to contend with any team.

    The road is far from over, as they'll still have to go through UCLA, Notre Dame and, of course, Oregon, as well as win the Pac-12 title game, perhaps against UCLA again.

    But if all goes to plan, Stanford's Nov. 7 date with Oregon is going to serve as a BCS title play-in game.

4. Clemson: Buy

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    Clemson now knows that it has a serious contender on its heels in Florida State, but the Tigers will still benefit from hosting the Seminoles for the ACC's most important game of the year.

    With a poised and lethal Tajh Boyd at the helm and playmakers like Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant at his disposal, CU can go score-for-score with just about any team in the nation.

    It will likely all come down to the Oct. 19 contest with Florida State in Death Valley. 

    If the Tigers make it past the Noles, they'll still have to take down rival South Carolina on the road, which won't be easy considering the Gamecocks will be chomping at the bit to bounce their rival from a BCS title berth.

    However, Clemson is strong enough to take on the nation's best and come out on top.

3. Ohio State: Buy

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    Ohio State is in great position, at least within its conference.

    The Buckeyes are sitting pretty after escaping by the skin of their teeth in their first two tests of the season against Wisconsin and Northwestern.

    It was a close call in both games, but they made it through and now have a clear path until at least the final game of the regular season when they'll head to the Big House to take on Michigan.

    Similar to the situation with Clemson and South Carolina, the Wolverines will be drooling at the chance of knocking OSU out of the BCS title picture.

    Also similar to Clemson's situation, Ohio State likes its chances with a skilled quarterback leading the way in Braxton Miller.

    The only bad news: Finishing 12-0 probably won't be enough to jump an undefeated Pac-12, ACC or SEC team, so OSU will need some help.

2. Oregon: Buy

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    It's hard to argue that Oregon hasn't looked like the best team in the country so far this season.

    The Ducks have outscored their opponents by an absurd 237 points, 296-59. Meanwhile, only eight teams have scored a total of 237 points.

    Oregon has an offense that has only been rivaled by that of Baylor this season and is averaging 59 points per game, but it can play some defense too. UO has allowed just 12 points per contest so far.

    Challenges from UCLA and Washington still loom, but when the Ducks head to Stanford on Nov. 7 with revenge on their mind, they'll probably be playing for a spot in the BCS title game.

1. Alabama: Buy

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    At No. 1 in the nation, Alabama controls its own destiny for a national title berth.

    If the Crimson Tide win out, they'll be in, and they look more than capable of doing so.

    Their season will likely be on tilt when they play LSU, then again when they play for the SEC title.

    They have been far from perfect and certainly aren't a lock to make the title game, especially given their slip ups in each of the last two regular seasons.

    This year, if they lose, they probably won't be so lucky to play their way back into the national title game with so many contenders still alive.

    The Tide have room to improve as the season rolls along, but as the winner of three of the last four crystal footballs, Alabama is the team to beat.

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