BCS Standings: 10 Scenarios in Which the SEC Does Not Win Another Title
The SEC has dominated the college football world in recent years.
Each of the last five national championships have gone to a member of this power conference.
With LSU looking strong at No. 1, Alabama the top-ranked one-loss team and Arkansas lurking at No. 6, the conference is in a great position yet again.
However, it's too early to hand them a sixth straight title.
Here are 10 scenarios in which another conference could bring home the 2011-2012 National Championship.
Oklahoma State over LSU
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This is the matchup that we would see if the season ended tomorrow.
This potential championship game would pit Oklahoma State's dynamic offensive attack against the stingy LSU defense.
This battle of strength on strength would be fun to watch.
The Cowboys would have to overpower LSU to bring a title to the Big 12.
Oklahoma State over Alabama
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Oklahoma State could also battle the other defensive powerhouse from the SEC.
If LSU stumbles down the stretch, Oklahoma State and the Alabama Crimson Tide could square off in the title game.
This would be another case of high-octane offense against smash-mouth defense.
Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon could carry Oklahoma State past Alabama.
Oklahoma State Against Oregon
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This would be an exhilarating shootout. A matchup between Oklahoma State and the quick-strike Oregon offense would certainly light up the scoreboard.
Unfortunately this matchup probably won't be seen in the championship game.
In order for these two teams to meet, Alabama would have to lose to Auburn and LSU would likely have to lose twice before the year is out.
This game would pit a Big 12 team against a Pac-12 member, keeping the SEC out of the title game all together.
Oregon over LSU
Another scenario could see the Oregon Ducks taking out LSU.
Oregon trails only Oklahoma State and Alabama for the second spot in the title chase.
If Alabama loses to Auburn and Oklahoma State falls to the Sooners, you could see Oregon make its second straight appearance in the National Championship game.
The Ducks would use their high-tempo offense to try to wear down LSU.
Oregon over Alabama
Oregon could also meet Alabama in the National Championship game.
Again, this is unlikely as LSU would have to suffer two losses before the end of the season, but it is a possibility nonetheless.
This is another scenario that pits a talented, speedy Oregon offense against a one of the nation's toughest defenses.
Oregon could get revenge for last year's loss to Auburn by defeating another SEC power, Alabama.
Oregon over Oklahoma
If LSU and Alabama are tripped up and Oklahoma wins the Bedlam game, they would play the Oregon Ducks for the National Championship.
This game showcases some serious offensive playmakers. It would be fun to see if Landry Jones could outgun Darron Thomas and LaMichael James.
This game would feature two non-SEC teams, which means that regardless of the outcome the BCS title would be heading to a new conference.
Oklahoma over LSU
The Oklahoma Sooners could gain ground and face the LSU Tigers.
Oklahoma would need to win their showdown with Oklahoma State and get some help.
Alabama would have to lose once more and the Sooners would still need to leap Oregon. Either the polls would have to bump the Sooners ahead after a convincing win or the Ducks would have to lose.
Oklahoma has been one of the title favorites all year and could do some serious damage if given a shot.
Oklahoma over Alabama
If LSU falls apart, we could see a National Championship game between Oklahoma and Alabama.
This is the final scenario for the Sooners. One of the Oklahoma schools will be knocked out of contention with a loss during their annual rivalry game.
The Sooners have ample talent to pull off a big win, they just need a chance to prove it.
Clemson over LSU
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It would take a small miracle, but there is a chance that Clemson could face LSU for the National Championship.
Virtually every team in front of Clemson would have to fall flat on its face. We are talking about losses for Oklahoma State, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
They could certainly leap Arkansas if the Razorbacks fall to LSU.
Alabama would have to be a two loss team, likely losing to Auburn.
Oregon would need to be upset by USC.
Oklahoma State probably needs to lose twice and the Sooners would need to fall again.
It would make for a crazy story, but that's why college football is so great.
Clemson over Alabama
This is another miracle situation.
Essentially take every scenario from the previous matchup but substitute a pair of LSU losses for the Alabama upset.
Clemson's title hopes came crashing down when they lost to Georgia Tech, but they still have the slimmest of chances.
If I were a Clemson fan, I wouldn't hold my breath, but it can't hurt to dream.