A quick study of the likely and possible scenarios of all the 2012 BCS Title possibilities reveals a couple things. No.1 – baring LSU losing, the SEC will be one half of the dance card in the title game for the 6th straight season. No. 2- who could possibly fill the opponents slot is a debate that could rage long enough for Mike Wilbon’s hair to grow back on "PTI".
The Stanford Cardinal comes in sporting an undefeated resume against a very weak Pac 12. Andrew Luck is certainly the best quarterback in the country, and most likely winner of the Heisman trophy this year(Trent Richardson had his moment against LSU and simply did not get it done). If Stanford wins out against Oregon and Notre Dame (and both games are in the friendly confines of Stanford Stadium), the Cardinal will be in the National Title game this year. The Oregon game looms large as the Ducks still have hope for a BCS Bowl, and a remote chance at a Title game appearance.
The Cardinal have to stop a high powered Duck offense that has been stymied only once this year, and that was in the 4th quarter against LSU. Andrew Luck may be the best quarterback, but he hasn’t seen the level of defense he will be on the field with against LSU. I will take the Ducks to do in the Cardinal’s title hopes by beating them 49-42 in a shootout before the Tigers can get to them.
Boise State: An undefeated resume and one legitimate win on the road against Georgia (who should win the decimated SEC East this year)
I am all for a ‘Hoosiers, Butler’ like run for the Broncos, but alas we don't have a playoff and as such Boise State will be reluctantly welcomed in January by some BCS Bowl. My money is on an Alabama-Boise matchup in the Sugar Bowl, but sorry Boise- your undefeated season is nice, but one win against a legitimate team (and two) if you knock off TCU is not BCS Title game worthy-again.
Oklahoma State is undefeated thus far and scoring points points at an incredible rate. The athletes that the Cowboys put on the field come closest to matching the caliber of LSU and Alabama of anyone around. The problem is the defense of OSU couldn’t stop a motivated 6th grade Pop Warner team from racking up 30 plus points. Bob Stoops, still reeling from their inexplicable nose dive to Texas Tech ,takes the Sooners into Stillwater and break the hearts of the Cowboy faithful. In the process, the Sooners ruins the title dreams of OSU with a convincing Bedlam victory for the ages.
This leaves the matchup that should be the national title game. Come on, you know it is the truth. East and West Coasts are cringing and the pundits are crying, but the Big Easy will host LSU-Alabama Part Deaux for the 2012 BCS National Title.