With conference championship games coming up, there is still plenty of time for the BCS rankings to jumble. No matter what happens in those contests, however, it is almost a certainty that there will be a team on the outside of the BCS title game with a legitimate claim of being treated unfairly.
Really, is there a more fitting swan song for this current BCS system?
If No. 1 Florida State can beat No. 20 Duke in the ACC Championship Game, the Seminoles will get in, and I don't think too many people will be questioning the selection of that undefeated team.
The path is not as clear for No. 2 Ohio State.
Urban Meyer makes the BCS case for SEC champ over Ohio State http://t.co/P9UODNE5J4— For The Win (@forthewin) December 3, 2013
The Buckeyes are undefeated, but they've only played two teams that were ranked at the time of the game, and only No. 21 Wisconsin is still ranked. This has left them with a slim lead in the rankings over one-loss Auburn.
The Buckeyes face their biggest test of the season with a date against No. 10 Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game. Still, No. 3 Auburn will play No. 5 Missouri in the SEC Championship, and there is a good chance the winner of that game will pass Ohio State—even if the Buckeyes win.
Auburn will play four top 25 final ranking BCS teams this year. Combined FSU and Ohio State will play three. http://t.co/FsWb7Wbkz2— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) December 3, 2013
Urban Meyer would be well advised to make sure his team authors a complete and convincing win against the Spartans if he fancies a shot at playing for the national title.
ESPN can't be complaining about these scenarios. The sports network will be broadcasting the selection show, and with the possibilities of drama, there will be a lot of anxious eyes on the broadcast.
Here is when and where to catch the show:
When: Sunday, Dec. 8, at 8:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
@LSUCoachWilson ESPN to announce BCS bowls on Sunday at 7:30 PM CT, then all remaining bowls at 8 on their bowl selection show— lsufootball.net (@lsufootball_net) December 3, 2013
Of course, the above scenario deals with both Florida State and Ohio State winning. If you've ever watched just a week of college football, you know there is a possibility one or both could lose. There are no guarantees.
Florida State should blow Duke off the field, but who's to say that the Blue Devils won't play wildly over their heads and win with something like Christian Laettner catching a last-second Hail Mary?
Still, more likely is Ohio State falling. After all, this team needed an interception on a two-point conversion to avoid falling this past weekend to unranked Michigan.
If one of those teams loses, the winner of the SEC Championship game is looking good to get in. Missouri would have to pass Alabama, but that should happen with Alabama being idle and Missouri playing the team that the Crimson Tide just lost to.
Now, what if both Florida State and Ohio State lose?
My guess is that it will be an SEC showdown in that scenario, and there isn't much way around that.
Alabama is idle and has a massive lead in the rankings over the first non-SEC team below it—No. 7 Oklahoma State. So the Crimson Tide would play the winner of the SEC Championship Game to try to win a third straight national title.
Of course, the BCS title game is just one of five BCS bowl games that will be announced on the 30-minute show. We also can look forward to announcements on the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange bowl games.
Who would win?
Those matchups are almost completely dependent upon how things shake out with conference championship games.
The one big exception being Alabama. The Crimson Tide are not going to miss out on a BCS bowl game altogether.
After contemplating all the possible matchup scenarios, only one thing has become clear: Strap in, college football fans. It's going to be an unpredictable ride.