BCS: The Attack of the One-Loss Teams Is Upon Us

Aaron McKinneyCorrespondent IIIOctober 31, 2011

BCS: The Attack of the One-Loss Teams Is Upon Us

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    This week the BCS lost Clemson and Kansas State from the unbeaten ranks. There are now only five undefeated teams left, not counting Houston, and after next week there will be no more than four. 

    You know what that means? Which team is the best one-loss team? There is a very solid chance that we may have to start comparing these teams. So, with that in mind, who gets the nod right now? Also, bear in mind that either LSU or Alabama will be joining this group Saturday night. 


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    The Sooners had a pretty rough October 22nd hiccup against Texas Tech that nobody saw coming. 

    Be that as it may, they came back by exposing and overmatched Kansas State team. We all kinda thought the Wildcats would take a loss soon, but not the 58-17 beating they got from the Sooners this past weekend.

    I would give the Sooners a slight inside track, especially since they still have Bedlam against No. 3 Oklahoma State on the schedule.


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    Arkansas has a rough road of competition ahead and needs help. 

    The Razorbacks have already logged a loss to Alabama. They play SEC Eastern hopeful South Carolina next and still have LSU to end the season. That's a lot of strikes already.

    They must win out, hope that Alabama loses to LSU and someone else, and win the SEC Championship. That's probably unlikely.


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    I like the prospects of Oregon.

    Yes, Oregon lost pretty handily to LSU in their season opener, but that obviously was early. The Ducks are getting better every week and gaining momentum. They still have Stanford in what is looking like the game of the year in the PAC-12. They also have to face the winner of the South Division if they should win out.

    The offense seems to be clicking, the defense is playing better, and they're now returning from injury offensive stars Darron Thomas and LaMichel James.

    If the SEC and Big XII cannibalize themselves, the Ducks may be sitting there waiting. 

South Carolina

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    South Carolina lost it's best player (Marcus Lattimore) and starting quarterback (Stephen Garcia), but they've been playing stellar defense and that could go a long way.

    Just ask the Ol' Ball Coach, the last two wins haven't been pretty (14-12 and 14-3), but a win is a win. Their schedule isn't horrible, but Arkansas will be going hard test this week and Clemson in the rivalry game could be a great matchup and they play FCS Citadel before the Tigers as a prep game. 

    Georgia could still win the East Division, but the Gamecocks still have a solid shot with their defense. 


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    Nebraska's lone loss is doing nothing to help them as Wisconsin can't get out of their own way now of late. 

    They do, however, have two ranked opponents left—No. 15 Michigan and No. 16 Penn State—that few expected to be in such position at this point in the season. That will do wonders to overcome strength of schedule issues. 

    The Huskers still have to rely on Taylor Martinez, who has issues throwing the ball, but their defense seems to be finding it's identity again. If they can keep things together on offense they could run the table in the Legends Division and have either a rematch with Wisconsin or play Penn State in the Big Ten Championship.


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    I was just starting to believe Clemson even had better athletes than SEC teams and they lose a game they probably shouldn't have.

    Not to take anything away from Georgia Tech, but Clemson can absolutely fly at every position. Their schedule still sets up nicely even with the showdown against South Carolina. 

    They still control their own destiny for the ACC Championship game and would get a shot at either Virginia Tech or Georgia Tech. 

Virginia Tech

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    Aside from the game against Clemson, Virginia Tech has looked like the Frank Beamer teams we've always known. 

    The game against Georgia Tech will most likely decide who goes to the ACC Championship from the Coastal Division. They have North Carolina and Virginia to finish the season and neither should pose much of a threat. 

    The Hokies have been flying under the radar since the loss to Clemson, but this team could quickly enter the BCS conversation with a strong finish.

Kansas State

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    I love the Kansas State story this year, but in all honesty they're probably the biggest longshot of this list.

    The Wildcats got hammered by a very motivated Oklahoma team and they still have Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M to finish the season. That would be a difficult slate for even the likes of LSU or Alabama to deal with.

    I know they only have one loss now, but the Wildcats should be thrilled with a split of the last four games of their schedule.


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    The Big Ten has suddenly given us many contenders and Michigan is one that many didn't expect to see at the table.

    The Wolverines have played well and only have one loss to a very strong and large Michigan State team.

    They can run with anybody on offense. That was illustrated by the comeback against Notre Dame. Their problem is that they can't stop everybody. Notre Dame ran up and down them and Michigan State pushed them around.

    Nebraska poses the biggest threat, but don't overlook Ohio State. The Buckeyes have had a rough season and would like nothing better than to ruin their season. 

Penn State

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    Penn State, much like Michigan, wasn't expected to be here at this point.

    The Nittany Lions are the polar opposite of the Wolverines. They have gotten here on the back of a very strong defense and sometimes (see this past weekend's 10-7 victory against Illinois) struggle to score any points.

    The Lions still haven't settled on a quarterback, but have Saturday off to prepare for their showdown against the Huskers.

    Penn State controls their own destiny in the Leaders Division and could force themselves in the BCS talk by running the table.