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As we all know, the BCS selection process is more than just a bit fickle. Lose one game, and you're likely out.
It doesn't matter who your opponents were, nor does it matter who their opponents were. In the sometimes superficial world of BCS football, appearances are everything. It's all about the intrigue.
The loser of the LSU at Alabama game wont be joining their nemesis in the BCS Championship Game precisely because we will already have seen these two teams stack up against each other next weekend.
Never mind the possibility that—regardless of the winner of that game—both LSU and Alabama could be the two best teams in the nation.
The teams that go to the title game are the teams that have yet to be proven fallible.
It is the mystery that drives The BCS Championship Game—as if every hopeful team was merely masquerading as a contender, until in the final bout the veil is lifted to reveal the true king.
If The Cardinal can get past Oregon, they will be well on their way towards this mythic status. People will need to know if they can be beaten.
The idea of being undefeated holds a tremendous amount of sway in the BCS community.
Unless, of course, you happen to be Boise State or Houston, but that's another matter entirely.
Please, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.