And then there were three.
With previously unbeaten Baylor getting demolished by Oklahoma State on Saturday evening, it now appears the chase to the BCS National Championship Game has come down to Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State.
Meanwhile, Northern Illinois and Fresno State remained undefeated, keeping their hats in the BCS pile.
With the season winding down, the stakes have never been higher. Let's take a look at the Associated Press poll and USA Today coaches poll and recap an excellent week of college football action.
|Week 14 Associated Press Poll|
|Week 14 USA Today Coaches Poll|
For Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State, the wins came easily, but the future seems far less assured. Alabama has the toughest path left, with Auburn up next and then a trip to the SEC title game if it beats its hated rival, where the Crimson Tide will face either Missouri or South Carolina.
Florida State seems unlikely to lose again this year. The Seminoles face a reeling Florida squad next week, then likely Duke in the ACC title game, so long as the Blue Devils handle North Carolina next week.
Ohio State still has some work to do. The Buckeyes face bitter rival Michigan next week in Ann Arbor, then take on one of the more underrated teams in the country, Michigan State—who has arguably the nation's best defense—in the Big Ten championship.
And if all three lose, well, that could truly open Pandora's box and allow teams like Auburn, Clemson, Missouri and even Oklahoma State to join the party. We all know just how real that possibility is seeing how crazy things have gotten in years past.
Just imagine a scenario in which Auburn beats Alabama next week, Missouri beats Texas A&M, either Florida State or Ohio State loses and the two teams meet essentially with a berth in the BCS title game on the line. How much fun would that be?
Anyway, doomsday scenarios aside, there weren't too many surprises in the rankings this week.
Oklahoma State, LSU and Arizona State all received slight bumps in the rankings, while Baylor, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA all dropped down. If Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State all win out, the really intriguing race will be for the at-large BCS bids, with several one-loss teams, or even a few two-loss teams, bringing intriguing resumes to the table.