CFB Recap: New BCS Implications, Heisman Watch

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CFB Recap: New BCS Implications, Heisman Watch
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Cameron Newtons seeks to lead Auburn to a national championship.

It was a crazy weekend in college football, as top five teams Boise State and LSU fell.

No. 4 Boise State lost all national championship aspirations, as it fell to No. 19 Nevada in overtime after Boise's kicker missed a field goal in regulation and another in overtime each of which would have won it for the Broncos. Earlier that day, No. 5 LSU was stunned against Arkansas, and most likely lost its BCS bowl game hopes as well.

However, there were quite a few teams who took advantage of Boise State and LSU's losses and will most likely move up in the ranking now.

First off, No. 6 Stanford won big over Oregon State, and No. 7 Wisconsin won big over Northwestern claiming a share of the Big Ten title.  No. 8 Ohio State routed rival Michigan for a share of the Big Ten title as well. No. 10 Michigan State also won, and also won a share of the title. Wisconsin will most likely get the Rose Bowl bid that comes with the highest BCS ranking.

Meanwhile, No. 13 Oklahoma beat No. 9 Oklahoma State in a classic Bedlam game in Stillwater, and will now play in the Big 12 Championship game next week against Nebraska in Dallas.

Also, No. 1 Oregon struggled in the first half against Arizona, but got it going in the second half and crushed the Wildcats to stay on top of the AP poll. No. 2 Auburn also had a scare, as it was down 24-0 at halftime against No. 11 Alabama. The Tigers would come back to win with a strong second half performance from Heisman candidate Cameron Newton.

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No. 3 TCU cruised against New Mexico to finish its season and will wait to see if Oregon or Auburn loses next next week giving the team a shot at the national title.

Last week was really crazy, and the last weekend of the college football regular season could get even crazier. BCS implications are higher than ever, and teams ranked high cannot afford to lose now.

Conference championships and rivalry games will be key next week and will determine what teams will be going to BCS bowls and the BCS National Championship game.

Here is a list of big games next week:

Auburn vs. South Carolina, Nebraska vs. Oklahoma, Florida State vs. Virginia Tech, Oregon vs. Oregon State, and UConn vs. South Florida.

First, the SEC Championship and the Oregon-Oregon State game will be important. Here's why: If Auburn and Oregon win, they will see each other in the national championship game, sorry TCU. If they both lose, TCU could get a chance to play in the national championship game or so could Stanford, or Wisconsin. If both lose, there will be BCS chaos, but if they win, I think there will be a justified BCS National Championship game.

Here's how the rest of the BCS bowls should play out if both teams win:

Rose Bowl: TCU vs Wisconsin. Wisconsin gets the Big Ten bid to the Rose Bowl, and with Oregon in the National Championship game, TCU has to get the bid as the only non-AQ team that will likely get BCS bid, according to the BCS.

Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Arkansas. Two at-large teams get into the Sugar Bowl.

Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. UConn. ACC Champ vs Big East Champ. Also, if UConn loses, West Virginia or Pittsburgh could sneak in, but they both need a lot of help. Virginia Tech also has to beat Florida State first to get here.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma/Nebraska vs. Stanford.

Here's what it might look like if Oregon loses, and Auburn wins:

NC game: Auburn vs. TCU. Two undefeated schools, although there will most likely be controversy because TCU is a non-AQ school, and some people don't think the Horned Frogs belong.

Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin. Pac-10 champ vs Big Ten co-champ, with the Badgers getting the bid.

Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Arkansas.

Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. UConn.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma/Nebraska vs. Stanford.

Here's what it might look like if Auburn loses, and Oregon wins:

NC game: Oregon vs. TCU, some still might argue TCU doesn't belong, and they would put Auburn in the game anyway because Auburn played a tougher schedule.

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs Stanford

Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Auburn

Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs.  UConn.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma/Nebraska vs. Arkansas.

Here's what it might look like if both Oregon and Auburn lose next week:

NC Game: TCU vs. Auburn. Once again, the BCS loves SEC teams, and Auburn has the best SOS, which the BCS weighs heavily. TCU could still be left out because the voters don't think the team is worthy of a shot. Plus, Stanford and Wisconsin both finished the season well, and could get looked at as well.

Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Wisconsin. Oregon gets Pac-10 bid, Wisconsin the Big Ten bid.

Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Arkansas.

Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. UConn.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma/Nebraska vs. Stanford.

There you have what the BCS bowls may look like. Be sure to comment if you would like.

 

Heisman Watch:

The Heisman Trophy will be given out in two weeks, and there are a few contenders left. Here they are:

1. Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn: Newton is the front runner, and he should be. His statistics don't lie. He has a 185.6 quarterback rating, 2,254 passing yards, has completed 67.9 percent of his passes and has 24 touchdowns to six interceptions. He also has 1,336 rushing yards for 18 touchdowns, and averages 5.9 yards per carry, which is good for 10th in the nation in rushing. Plus, he has the Tigers undefeated and No. 1 in the BCS. However, will the allegations of payment change voters' minds?

2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: James has helped carry Oregon to its No. 2 ranking, but has been injured lately. His statistics are also very good. He has 1,548 yards and 19 touchdowns and ranks fourth in the nation in rushing. He also averages 6.1 yards a carry. Not to mention, the Ducks are also undefeated.

3. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford:  Luck has a 166.1 quarterback rating, 3,051 passing yards, and 28 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. He has also completed 70.2 percent of his passes. Stanford is also No. 4 in the BCS with an 11-1 record.

4. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State: Moore has led the Broncos to a 10-1 record and has the Broncos at No. 11 in the BCS. He has a 187.97 quarterback rating this season, along with 3,269 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He has also completed 71.1 percent of his passes.

There you have it, a look at the BCS, and a Heisman watch! Now go out and tune in to the final weekend of regular season college football!

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