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As Week Four Begins, BCS Championship Is Wide Open

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Sebastian the Ibis gets the crowd into the game as the Miami Hurricanes take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Miami defeated Georgia Tech 33-17.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
J. Robert ByromCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2009

Texas struggles mightily against Wyoming and Texas Tech. Florida has all it can handle at home against a Tennessee team that already had a blemish. USC doesn't look the same against Ohio State and then loses to Washington.

OU, a perennial BCS mainstay, opens the season with a loss to BYU. Oklahoma State makes it to the top five and then loses to Houston.

Week Four looks to be full of surprises as well. In the first game, Ole Miss, another top five team, falls to an unranked and struggling South Carolina team.

A season that started with a fair amount of certainty that Florida would play the winner of Red River Shootout seems as uncertain as any over the past few years.

Could this be another 2007, wherein a two-loss team makes it to the championship game? The road looks much harder for all of the favorites and the teams we expected to run the table look much less likely to do so.

Of course, there have been surprises. Miami has looked really good against ranked teams, Alabama has been great, and Penn State has had an easy time with all their opponents.

There are also mid-majors who have a chance to run the table still, but Boise State is the only one still undefeated that has the perennial street cred to be taken seriously as a national title contender.

In the major conferences, it looks unlikely anyone will run the table. In the SEC, a team will need to be absolutely perfect to go undefeated.

No team in the Big 12 has shown that they are a far and away favorite.

The Pac-10 is now wide open with USC losing, but that makes going undefeated much harder for the other teams as USC knows it cannot lose a second.

The Big Ten and Big East have the best chance to run the table but those conference's teams are usually never forgiven if they do have a loss at the end of the season.

So no matter who you root for, even if they already have a loss, dont lose hope because it looks like this season is going to be another wild ride.

 

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