College Football Rankings: 10 Remaining Games That Will Shape the BCS Title

T.J. McaloonContributorOctober 2, 2011

College Football Rankings: 10 Remaining Games That Will Shape the BCS Title

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    The Alabama vs. LSU game on November 5th will determine who, out of these two teams, will be playing in New Orleans for the BCS National Championship. 

    The game will then be between the top two teams in the country at that time. It will have the eyes of every college football fan and be written about how this is the biggest college game in the last five years. 

    But, aside from that game, there are nine other games that will shape our Bowl Championship Series and who get's to hold up the Coaches Trophy at the end of the year. 

October 8: No. 17 Texas vs. No. 2 Oklahoma

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    The Red River Rivalry always finds a way to determine who ends up in the Big 12 Championship game and who ends up in the BCS Title game. 

    This year this game is the first real test for Oklahoma. They did have a big game against Florida State earlier in the year, but they were able to knock out their starting quarterback early. 

    For Texas they started the year as a questionable Top 25 team, but recently have proved the doubters wrong winning big these last two weeks. A win for UT will shoot them into the Top 10 of the polls and set them up nicely as a threat for the National Championship. 

October 15: No. 5 Oklahoma State at No. 17 Texas

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    We are going to play the hypothetical game and say that hypothetically Texas wins the previous week against Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry. They will be close to if not in the Top 10 before the game and a win would put the Longhorns close to the Top Five.

    Currently at No. 5 is the Oklahoma State Cowboys. They won a big game against Texas A&M earlier this year that put these Cowboys in a great position to win the Big 12 and to be a serious title contender.

    The winner of this game will set themselves up as the team that will be representing the Big 12 in the BCS this year. It could be for the National Championship.   

October 22: Auburn at No. 1 LSU

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    Last year this game helped the Auburn Tigers prove that they were a national championship threat. This year it's a different scenario for Auburn and LSU. This year Auburn is the team that is struggling and LSU is the team is the National threat.

    But, as former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said, "Never underestimate the heart of a champion."

    If Auburn is able to pull off the upset it will completely flip this BCS Title scene upside down.  

October 29: No. 13 Clemson at No. 21 Georgia Tech

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    Two of the hottest ACC teams face here in what could be a preview of the ACC Championship game. 

    They both are the leaders in their ACC Divisions, they both have two of the best offenses in their conference, and they are both two teams that have serious BCS Title game aspirations. 

    By the time these two teams meet they could both be ranked in the Top 10 in the AP & USA Today Polls; with the winner getting that much closer to the top spots in the new BCS ranking that comes out later in the week. 

    The loser of this game may get their revenge in the ACC Championship game in December. 

November 5: No. 1 LSU at No. 3 Alabama

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    This game was detailed in the opening slide so there isn't much more to say about this game. Both teams should be No. 1 and 2 heading into this game. Even after a loss both teams will have as good of a case to play for the national championship. 

    It's just a shame that the loser has to miss out on the BCS Title game and the SEC Title game. 

November 12: No. 9 Oregon at No. 6 Stanford

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    Last year this game determined the Pac-10 champion but also who played in the BCS Title game. Oregon won blowing out Stanford in Oregon and didn't lose the rest of the year. 

    This year the game moves to Stanford with the Cardinal looking to avenge what happened last year. The winner of this game takes control of their Pac-12 division and puts themselves in great position for another trip to the BCS Title game. 

November 12: No. 20 TCU at No. 4 Boise State

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    With the recent loss by TCU it may take some clout out of this game. This is a rematch of the Fiesta Bowl from last year where Boise State bested their BCS crashing partner TCU. 

    This year it's Boise State out there by themselves trying to crash the BCS Championship party. There isn't a reason why Boise State shouldn't survive this game against TCU; but, if there is a team that has a much talent as Boise it's TCU.

    This is the only game left on Boise's schedule that can ruin their perfect season. The Broncos need to stay perfect to be a factor in the title game. 

November 19: No. 8 Nebraska at No. 19 Michigan

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    This game is going to either determine the Big Ten Legends Division champion and determine who is the favorite to win the Big Ten Conference. There's still a lot of time between now and November 19th, but, if this game features a one loss Nebraska and an undefeated Michigan.

    Nebraska can go into Ann Arbor and ruin a great season for Michigan. 

November 26: No. 13 Clemson at No. 10 South Carolina

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    Let's say that South Carolina shakes off their loss from Auburn last week and doesn't lose the rest of the way heading into this game as a one-loss team.

    Let's say that Clemson continues their hot streak as this year's Auburn Tigers. They continue to shock everyone in college football with their high powered offense and their dominating defense. 

    This game will then turn from a blood hatred rivalry game and into a game where the winner will have a clear path to the BCS Championship game; to go with a clear path to their respected conference championship game. 

December 3: No. 2 Oklahoma at No. 5 Oklahoma State

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    The last week of the college football season sees two of it's best teams from the Big 12 play for the right to call themselves Big 12 Champions and possibly national champions. 

    The winner of this game in past years has gone onto represent the Big 12 in their championship game along with a national title game spot. 

    This year should be no different with both teams having elite level talent on their rosters. 

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