BCS Standings 2011: 5 Teams That Could Play Potential Spoilers

Sean LansingContributor IOctober 15, 2011

BCS Standings 2011: 5 Teams That Could Play Potential Spoilers

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    This weekend marks the 2011 season's first round of BCS rankings, and there are still plenty of teams in the running to play in New Orleans come January. 

    Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State can't all finish undefeated, because they play each other.

    With everyone assuming that the winners of Bama-LSU and Bedlam will meet in January for the Coaches Trophy, are they overlooking other roadblocks in the favorites' schedules?

    Here are five potential BCS spoilers that could factor into the SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12 seasons. 


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    Every season, the Razorbacks and Tigers meet on Thanksgiving Day in one of college football's best rivalries.

    If LSU defeats Alabama on Nov. 5, they should be undefeated when they face off against the Hogs. 

    You can bet Arkansas would love nothing more than to ruin their rival's dream season in late-November. 


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    The Iron Bowl is one of college football's most storied rivalries, and the Auburn Tigers could add a major chapter to the saga if they have the chance to defeat an undefeated Alabama team at season's end. 

    The Tide failed to upend the Tigers last year, paving the way for Auburn to win the national championship.

    Can War Eagle flip the script this time around? 

Kansas State

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    Bill Snyder's team is 5-0, and they boast one of the nation's top defenses. 

    Manhattan is never an easy place to play, and the Sooners could be overlooking the Wildcats with back-to-back matchups looming against Texas A&M and Baylor before Bedlam at season's end. 

Texas Tech

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    There are few teams capable of scoring at the same pace as Oklahoma State, and the Red Raiders are one of them. 

    Despite all of the Cowboys' offensive exploits, they allow a very pedestrian 27-points per game.

    Last team with the ball most likely wins. 


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    Last year's BCS runner-up could factor into this season's national title game without ever making it to New Orleans. 

    The seventh-ranked Stanford Cardinal have a great shot at running the table, as long as they can get past the Ducks Nov. 12.

    If Oregon upsets the Cardinal, Stanford might not even make the Rose Bowl, let alone the national championship game.