Will Alabama Stop Cam Newton?: 5 Key Games That Will Determine BCS Champion
With the college football season coming to an end, there's a handful of critical games that will be crucial to determining the two teams that will fight for a BCS National Championship.
Four undefeated teams are left in Oregon, Auburn, TCU and Boise State. In order for one-loss contenders like LSU, Wisconsin and Ohio State to reach the big game, some of the four undefeated schools must be defeated.
Anything can happen with many teams having tough battles to overcome in the final weeks.
For contenders among the top of the BCS standings, the following games will either make or break their dreams of a National Championship.
No. 6 LSU (10-1) @ No. 12 Arkansas (9-2)
Date of Game: Saturday, November 27
If LSU wants to reach the national championship, the Tigers will need the four undefeated teams to lose, as well as win the remainder of their games.
LSU would need TCU to lose against the 1-10 New Mexico Lobos, or for the BCS to find some way it belongs before the other undefeated teams. Both are unlikely occurrences.
Being in the most dominant conference in college football, the SEC, LSU will most likely be the first of the one-loss teams to make the national championship if it can beat out Arkansas.
No. 2 Auburn (11-0) @ No. 9 Alabama (9-2)
Date of Game: Friday, November 26
Entering this season, the Alabama Crimson Tide were heavy favorites to win the national championship. Since getting off to a 5-0 start, they have lost two heartbreaking games to South Carolina and LSU.
Despite the 9-2 record, Alabama is still one of the most talented and dangerous teams in college football and will be a nightmare for Auburn.
The game is in Tuscaloosa, where the Crimson Tide has not lost a game this season. If Auburn wants to win this game, it will have to play its best football.
Cam Newton has been absolutely terrific this season, completing 68.2 percent of his passes for 2,038 yards, 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions, but on November 26 he may meet his match.
No. 3 Boise State (10-0) @ No. 19 Nevada (10-1)
Date of Game: Friday, November 26 @ 10:15 PM ET on ESPN
Boise State has blown out every opponent it's faced so far this season, but will face some fierce competition in the 10-1 Nevada Wolf Pack. Nevada will be tough to stop on offense, having the fourth overall rushing attack in the nation, averaging 304.4 YPG.
If Boise can beat Fresno State at home and take out the ranked Wolf Pack, it should wind up in the national championship.
SEC Championship: No. 2 Auburn (11-0) Vs. No. 18 South Carolina (8-3)
Location: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Date of Game: Saturday, December 4th
If Auburn can come out of Tuscaloosa with a win, it will still have one more obstacle before securing a place in the BCS National Championship. In the SEC Championship, the Tigers will be going head-to-head with the South Carolina Gamecocks.
These two teams have already battled one another earlier this season, with Auburn prevailing 35-27. But that game was in Auburn, and the SEC Championship will be played at a neutral site in Atlanta, Georgia.
South Carolina has earned some big wins this year against three teams that were ranked at the time, including Georgia (No. 22), Alabama (No. 1) and Florida (No. 22).
If the Gamecocks can limit Auburn's rushing attack, which gained 334 yards last time, then they could be named SEC Champions for the first time in the school's history, as well as shatter the Tigers' hopes at a National Championship.
No. 20 Arizona (7-3) @ No. 1 Oregon (10-0)
Date of Game: Friday, November 26 @ 7:00 PM ET on ESPN
Oregon has the most productive offense in Division I, averaging 50.7 points per game.
Arizona has one of the best defenses in college football, limiting its opponents to an average of 17.2 points per game, which is 10th best in the nation.
Keep an eye on this game, because Arizona might just pull off the upset, drastically changing the national championship race.