BCS Standings: 5 Teams That Just Blew Any Chance at the BCS
One loss won't kill the chances for LSU or Alabama, but there are some teams in BCS contention that simply do not have that kind of luxury.
Alabama's and LSU's stature as the nation's widely regarded two best teams and the attention generated by their regular season playoff game next week has the two schools in the driver's seat in the BCS polls.
It will actually be quite interesting to see how far the losing team actually falls after next week's showdown.
For the rest of the nation, every other team in contention must watch its step. For these five teams, they may have already taken one misstep too many and blew any chance of the BCS title game with their performance this week.
Arkansas won its game on Saturday, but struggled mightily with the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Vandy had come into the game with a record of 4-3, and had demonstrated it could be competitive as the team played No. 22 Georgia to within one possession.
Arkansas however is looking to play spoiler and sneak its way into title contention against LSU on Nov. 25.
Should they get their record to 10-1 prior to that game against LSU, they may be in title contention. However, they need to get their ranking into the top four of the BCS. Performances like yesterday don't vault your team up the polls.
4. Michigan State
While they can still win their way to a BCS bowl, any good vibes and press were dashed yesterday by their 24-3 loss to Nebraska.
Despite an early season loss to Notre Dame, Sparty used the mediated momentum generated from their Hail Mary against Wisconsin to vault up to the No. 11 spot in the BCS standings.
They were smashed back down to Earth by the Nebraska defense and sent to their second loss of the year.
Wisconsin needed a lot of help anyway, but assuming a loss by either LSU or Alabama in their showdown next week, the No. 2 spot would have been open.
Wisconsin's only loss was the Hail Mary controversy against MSU.
Had they gotten to 11-1 and the Big Ten championship, it would have been interesting to see how they would have been viewed. However, they blew any chance of that with their loss to unranked OSU last night.
2. Kansas State
Here is a second team I believed in that blew its chance on Saturday night.
While no one really expected this K-State team to do much damage this year, they had themselves at 7-0 and had a home game against Oklahoma fresh off a loss at home against Texas Tech.
Quarterback Landry Jones (pictured) and Oklahoma responded by crushing the Wildcats 58-17.
Jones threw for a staggering 505 yards and five touchdowns in the win.
No one ever wants to believe Clemson is a good team. I finally bought in.
Well, I got suckered in. I had them ahead of Boise in what I believed the BCS should look like. Clemson had some quality wins on their resume than the Boys in Blue.
However, as per usual, the Tigers disappointed. This time, they were manhandled by a Georgia Tech team that to this point this season had been a disappointment. Georgia Tech dropped their last two games after a 6-0 start.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 7-2, throwing the ball just nine times in their victory Saturday night.
Clemson looked lost against the triple option, allowing quarterback Tevin Washington (pictured) a career day, rushing for 176 yards and a touchdown.