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BCS Rankings: Are LSU and Alabama a Lock for the BCS Title Game?

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22:  Quarterback Jordan Jefferson #9 of the LSU Tigers warms up prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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William PenfieldCorrespondent IIOctober 23, 2011

Alabama and LSU are the best teams in college football.

The Tigers are ranked No. 1 in the BCS and the Crimson Tide are ranked No. 2.

In a perfect world, the two best teams in the country should play for the BCS National Championship but as we all know, the BCS is not perfect. 

The two teams will collide on Nov. 5 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in a battle for the ages.

But the matchup will all but guarantee that the two teams will not meet in the BCS Title game, with the loser likely eliminated from contention.

Other than the Crimson Tide and Tigers, college football has six remaining undefeated teams, five of whom could potentially play in a BCS National Championship game. 

Boise State, Clemson, Houston, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Stanford all sit unscathed currently and one of them is likely to finish the season undefeated. 

Unless the last remaining undefeated team is Houston, there would need to be a miracle for Alabama and LSU to meet in the BCS Title game. 

Here is the likeliest scenario for that miracle to happen. 

In order to get Clemson out of the picture, they would likely need to lose in the ACC Championship game. 

Houston is really a non-factor.

Kansas State has a brutal stretch of four games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas and are likely to lose one of them.

Oklahoma State would need to lose the regular season finale to knock them from the ranks of the unbeaten teams.

Last but not least, Stanford would need to lose against Oregon when they welcome the Ducks to Palo Alto on Nov. 12.

Oh, and they would need the BCS to screw Boise State and not pick the undefeated Broncos for the BCS National Championship game because they aren't likely to lose.

So no, the two best teams in college football, Alabama and LSU, are not a lock for the BCS Title game and without the scenario laid out, occurring, it is a near impossibility.

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