We’ve been waiting the entire length of the college football season for a huge upset, but haven’t gotten one.
For all the boredom that that brings to the college football scene, the week seven BCS standings finally point to a final weekend of the season that could be supremely exciting.
Florida, Alabama, and Texas occupy the top three spots as they have all season, and are set to play in season deciding games.
Florida and Alabama have known for quite some time that winning out during the regular season would allow for a national semifinal in the SEC Championship Game, and that’s exactly what we’re going to get, as a loss by either team would knock it out of the national title spots. A victory would send either team to the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, CA.
Texas only needs to beat No. 22 Nebraska in order to punch their ticket to Pasadena for the title game, but after the Longhorns had some trouble with Texas A&M anything is still possible.
After that, things get a little more interesting.
Say, for instance, that Texas is shocked in the Big 12 Championship Game. Who would fill their spot?
No. 4 TCU and No. 5 Cincinnati have sat in the two spots directly behind the Longhorns for a few weeks now, the Bearcats have slowly but surely crept closer and closer to the Horned Frogs during these weeks.
TCU has basically locked up a BCS bowl spot, but could they take the spot of the Longhorns should they falter? Or, should they beat Pitt on Saturday, will the BCS be untrusting of a non-BCS team in the national title game and jump the Bearcats over TCU and leave the state of Texas completely out of the national title game?
At No. 6 Boise State must feel left out in all of this, even as an undefeated team. There is no chance for them to make the national title game, and it still seems like a 50-50 proposition for a BCS bowl bid.
No year has come where two non-BCS schools have participated in the BCS, but this could be that year.
After Oklahoma State lost on Saturday, which certainly helped the Broncos cause, there remains the strong possibility of another BCS conference team being taken ahead of the Broncos with an at-large selection.
No. 7 Oregon will face No. 16 Oregon State for the Pac-10’s Rose Bowl bid and conference championship, playing for the rights to face No. 8 Ohio State.
No. 9 Iowa and No. 11 Penn State will likely also be battling it out in the press for a BCS at-large selection, as both are attractive candidates for the bowls with large national followings.
No. 10 Georgia Tech lost on Saturday to instate rival Georiga, but still can make a BCS bowl if they can beat Clemson in the ACC Championship Game next Saturday.
Until that time it’s sure to be a hectic projection-filled week as we approach the final weekend of the college football season.
You’ll want to stay tuned.
BCS Rankings – November 29th
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