As the regular season winds down in college football, the intensity to lock up bowl games increases, and the pressure gradually begins to mount to win these last few games to lock up bowl bids. And in the case for those Top Ten teams, they're in dire need of wins to lock up those BCS Bowl bids.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are the nation's favorite to return to the BCS National Championship Game, and are the favorites against the LSU Tigers who have proved themselves a formidable threat to the Crimson Tide for dominance in the SEC West division.
With both teams being tied for first place, and in Week 10, the winner of the SEC West and the spot in the BCS National Championship will be ultimately decided in a battle of SEC West powers.
However, while many are also quick to put Mike Gundy's Oklahoma State Cowboys as the other opponent, people should not discount the Boise State Broncos, who may actually get the chance to play in the BCS National Championship should they continue to go undefeated and run the table.
Then, it's very possible, especially if Oklahoma State loses, that the nation could see an Alabama-Boise State matchup. But this matchup could end up being among the best possible matchups that the BCS could have put together, and could be better than many think it could be.
Why would that be?
Well for starters, Boise State with their weak schedule would get a true test against an elite college defense having faced weak defenses week in and week out in their weak conference.
Imagine Broncos Heisman candidate quarterback Kellen Moore pitting himself against the Crimson Tide defense, whose aggressive and physical style of play would give the Broncos its biggest test in several years. It would really test Moore's ability to react against a top notch defense and if he could get past against a top notch SEC defense.
On the other side, the Broncos' underrated front seven would get a huge test against the bruising running style of Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson, who is easily one of the best running backs in the SEC and in the nation.
Would they be able to contain Richardson on the ground and would they be able to pressure quarterback AJ McCarron, who, while he doesn't make eye popping stats, he takes care of the football and does enough in the offense to constantly lead the Crimson Tide to wins?
The many factors that go into this kind of game would be interesting to see, especially since the Broncos have wanted another opportunity since they shocked the nation several years ago when they shocked the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on the famous "Statue of Liberty" play.
What do you think the best BCS National Championship matchup would be?