No matter how set in stone the national title picture might seem, it’s never truly over until the last BCS standings are released. The past few years certainly taught us that much.
As the analysts continue to believe, the winner of the Alabama-Florida SEC Championship Game will meet Texas on Jan. 7, 2010 for the national title.
But be wary—the BCS is a wild ride, and we’re nowhere near the end.
And LSU is going to have something to say about it by the end, and they get their first crack on Saturday.
The Tigers will travel to Tuscaloosa to face the Crimson Tide and Mark Ingram, knowing that a victory over Alabama would likely give them another chance to face the Gators, this time at a neutral site for the SEC Championship Game.
Don’t look now, but a victory there could very well get the Tigers to the BCS Championship Game, but we’ll cross that bridge if we get there.
Other than that ranked matchup in the SEC, the weekend doesn’t bear much possibility of a BCS-influencing game, but, then again, you never know with the BCS.
Ohio State versus Penn State will be very good game, but neither team is realistically in the national title picture.
They can still compete for a BCS bowl bid if Iowa, on the edge of losing for weeks, finally falters.
At this point in the season, strong displays of skill from top teams might affect poll votes, but it won’t be much. Usually, the media and coaches don’t like changing team rankings without a significant reason.
Look out for changes on the computer, if we want any real change next week other than the precipitous drop from whichever team loses in that SEC battle.
Alabama—with a victory—would get a big boost from the victory over an opponent with the strength of LSU, and could jump Texas (facing a very computer-mediocre UCF) again, as the two teams battle for the No. 2 ranking in the BCS.
The TCU-Boise State computer showdown will continue to make noise this week if both win.
Boise goes up against Louisiana Tech, while the Horned Frogs face San Diego State. Neither will see much gained from victories, but as we all know, a loss would be devastating.
So while this weekend doesn’t seem like the most interesting one of the year, every once in a while, it's these kinds of weekends that bring the most shocking changes to the college football landscape. All you have to do is stay tuned.