As we come to the conclusion of the 2010 FBS season, conference leaders are beginning to separate from the pack and the conference championships are starting to take shape. By the end of this weekend the picture should become clearer, and more teams will find themselves on the outside looking in.
A win against Georgia puts Auburn in the SEC championship.
After losing to LSU last weekend, Alabama not only gave up any hope for a repeat in the National Championship, but also a spot in the SEC championship. The only way they can regain the spot is to win and have Auburn lose to Georgia. Although a BCS bowl seems out of the picture, the Crimson Tide need to regroup and focus on a high-quality bowl.
This game will represent the Eastern Division in the SEC championship. While it may seem a large task play Auburn, LSU, or Alabama from the SEC West, the winner of this game still has a glimmer of hope not only to upset a top five team, but make it to a BCS bowl by winning the SEC championship
After annihilating Utah last weekend, TCU is on course for not only a BCS bowl bid, but the clear frontrunner to play for the national championship should Oregon or Auburn fall. However, if they overlook San Diego State they would not only lose their BCS spot, but could potentially lose the Mountain West championship, as San Diego State only has one conference loss.
After a surprising upset last week at Texas A&M, the Sooners not only fell in the BCS rankings, but no longer control their own destiny in the Big 12 South. Rival Oklahoma State (who they will play in the final week of the season) only has one conference loss. If Oklahoma falls to the Red Raiders, they could possibly find themselves behind two games with only two to go.
It took a last minute drive to beat Maryland last week, and the Hurricanes don't want to be in the same situation against the Yellow Jackets. Being two games behind Coastal division leader Virginia Tech, Miami can ill afford to lose another ACC matchup. If VT gets a win over North Carolina and Miami can't beat Georgia Tech, they will not find themselves in Charlotte to play for the ACC championship.