The BCS rankings are starting to take shape, and we can see the teams who could get there and the teams that are going to be on the outside looking in.
Already, there's a heavy debate going on between TCU and Boise State as to who should be where in the rankings.
Some say Boise State is the better team, but I'll stay with TCU for now regardless of how Utah did after getting tossed around by the Horned Frogs.
But we're not here to talk about just those two teams. There will be others on the outside looking in and an even bigger argument as to why they're out and two non-automatic qualifiers are in.
That's the life we live with the BCS, and until college football has a run of seasons just like this one, it's a system that we'll have to deal with. At least for the foreseeable future.
Here are the 10 teams that will be screwed out of a BCS bowl game when the selections are made.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys could be in a tough position. They already have one loss on the season, coming against Nebraska.
The way things are going at the moment, these two teams are set to match up again in the Big 12 Championship Game if both finish out the season without another loss.
Both teams are playing good football, but if the Cowboys don't beat Nebraska the second time around, they'll be staring at just another bowl game.
The Alabama Crimson Tide aren't used to being the team that's looking at a bowl that's not in the BCS.
This season, however, they may be doing just that with Auburn and LSU already in front of them. Even beating Auburn may not be enough to get them in.
It would be the Tigers' first loss and Alabama is already carrying two. If LSU and Auburn finish the season with one loss, all the Tide can do is watch.
The Stanford Cardinal have one loss and that is to the top team in the country. Unfortunately, the Cardinal could be passed up for another SEC team that the BCS seems to like more than a team from out west.
Their fate is unknown at this moment, but all they can do for now is continue to win the games in front of them.
One more loss the rest of the way and they'll make the BCS' decision easy.
But, as it stands now, the Stanford fans might have to deal with reality.
I like what Wisconsin brings to the table. Their win over Ohio State was as big as it comes for that school.
But, when the BCS makes their decision, is the rest of their schedule enough to put them in a major bowl game, or could there be a screw job at the end of the night?
The Badgers are well on their way to where they want to be, but we've seen this happen before and there's no doubt we'll see it happen again.
I just hope it's not to a good team like this.
The Michigan State Spartans had gotten off to a start that no one saw coming. They took the college football world, and Michigan's world, by storm.
It looked like they might be a national championship contender after running off wins in their first eight games. However, their loss to Iowa State could loom large when the season comes to an end.
As of right now, the Spartans have Purdue and a road game against Penn State left on their schedule. Wins in those two may not be enough to push them into a BCS game.
Nebraska has one glaring problem that may end up being their downfall when the season comes to a close: Texas.
Their loss at home to the lackluster Longhorns looks worse and worse with every loss they suffer. Although, the losses they had before this past weekend looked bad enough.
If the BCS passes on them, they'll have Texas to thank.
I know this seems like a strange pick, but stranger things have happened.
Their win over Miami isn't looking as good as when they first got it. They have a loss to Wisconsin, and the Big Ten isn't looking as strong as it normally would be at this point in the season.
If you look at it this way, there are five BCS bowls for 10 teams. Someone is going to get left out. Ohio State is normally not a team the BCS reps would pass on, but then we can never predict what they're going to do.
The LSU Tigers—yes, you heard me right.
LSU has two more games to go, with one of those being a road game against Arkansas, who is never easy to beat at home.
A loss to Arkansas could push them back to where both Arkansas and Alabama are at this point. That will make the decision hard for the BCS, but with Alabama being the defending champions, it may not be as hard as one might think.
The TCU Horned Frogs are in the driver's seat when it comes down to a battle between them and Boise State.
This is the argument that's been going on over the last few weeks and really picked up steam after TCU barely got past San Diego State in Fort Worth.
The BCS likes TCU, they like what they bring and they know they can put on a good show. But, you could say the same thing about Boise State as well.
When it comes down to it, the BCS doesn't want to put two non-automatic qualifiers in BCS games and they especially don't want to see these two teams play each other again for the third straight year.
That might be all the incentive they need to push TCU out of the picture.
The Boise State Broncos are the logical choice to be screwed out of a BCS bowl spot, and I think most of the country, the Broncos included, know it.
I said before this season ever started that they would need to run up the score on every opponent they face this season to even sniff the national championship game.
While I respect Coach Petersen, the BCS will give themselves every excuse to keep them out of the spotlight. What they can't deny, however, is when they have been there, they've delivered.
Look at the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, a game that was later called one of the best postseason bowl game in BCS history.
Not only that, the BCS also knows that the Boise fans will travel, which means more revenue from ticket sales.
But, in the end, they could be sitting in Boise wondering what more they had to do to get to where they want to be.
The answer to that is, "There's nothing you can do."