This past weekend had a major impact when it comes to looking from a national championship perspective. Hard games for most of the Top 10 teams helped to separate the wheat from the chaff and will make the rest of the regular season critical for every team.
First up, Boise State once again finds itself coming up just short, as they lost to TCU 36-35. It was oddly reminiscent of last year's loss to Nevada, as both were close and came down to a missed field goal as time expired.
Boise State is now out of the national championship picture, and its chances for a BCS bowl bid are slim.
Stanford also lost this weekend, but their loss had to be a little more disconcerting for the team. The Cardinals were routed by the Oregon Ducks, 50-38, as Andrew Luck threw for two interceptions. Stanford's loss also essentially takes them out of the national title picture.
Speaking of the Oregon Ducks, with their win over Stanford, I believe they have put themselves back into the conversation. The Ducks are 9-1 but their one loss was a 13 point loss to No. 1 ranked LSU. Looking back on that game, you have to give a lot more credit to Oregon than has been given them all year.
Clemson almost lost a close game to Wake Forest, only winning due to a collapse by the Demon Deacons in the fourth quarter. Clemson has most likely been out of the picture since their loss to Georgia Tech but this win certainly didn't help them any.
Elsewhere in the ACC, Virginia Tech was able to beat Georgia Tech. The Hokies are probably still unlikely to make the national championship but still have a solid shot at the ACC title and the Orange Bowl.
Houston continues to just blow the C-USA out of the water. While Houston isn't getting a lot of consideration, the team is very good. If they make a BCS bowl this year, expect them to cause trouble for one of the BCS conference teams (assuming, of course, that they aren't matched up against Boise State).
LSU easily handled Western Kentucky. No surprises there.
Arkansas, Alabama and Oklahoma State each did very well against solid opponents. Oklahoma State especially made a solid case for their national championship bid by beating Texas Tech in Lubbock 66-6
It is my personal opinion that the national championship game will be between Oklahoma State and LSU. While OSU still has Oklahoma up on the schedule, the Cowboys have been nearly unstoppable this year and have the ability to beat the Sooners.
As for the rumors I here regarding a rematch of LSU vs. Alabama, all I can say is please no. While I'm not necessarily a critic of the SEC, I just think that giving them both national championship spots would be setting a dangerous precedent that I don't want to see down the road.
This weekend was certainly helpful in cutting down the number of contenders for the national championship. I think that looking back at the end of the season, this week will be the one that everyone looks at as the one with the biggest upsets of the season.