BCS Rankings: Six Games with Biggest BCS Impact in Week 12
This weekend, there are five games that have quite the impact on possible BCS Bowls and for a few of those games it is uncertain who should win.
Will the winners of those five games officially be locked into the BCS or will they let us down in their next games? Also, in a weekend without any clear cut elite matchups, does that leave the favorites more prone to getting upset?
No. 16 Nebraska at No. 18 Michigan
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The winner of this game has an outside chance at making a BCS Bowl whereas the loser at best could sneak in as an Outback Bowl participant.
Some say if Stanford loses or even wins out without impressing anybody, that there is a slight chance the Wolverines/Cornhuskers would knock out the Cardinal.
The winner of this game will likely crack the top 12 and perhaps even the top 10. It is imperative that this game ends up being entertaining or else there will be no shot that either of these teams win out.
Drama's Pick: Huskers by 3 (OT)
SMU at No. 11 Houston
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The Cougars will be locked into a BCS Bowl if they run the table, but they first must knock off SMU. Then, they get a sneaky good Tulsa team who has not yet lost in C-USA.
A win there would set up a possible matchup between two top 15 squads in Southern Miss and Houston. Houston of course should be ranked ninth or 10th, but if they lose then Southern Miss could end up playing in a BCS Bowl.
Drama's Pick: Cougars by 14
No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 22 Baylor
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Some think the Baylor Bears have a legit chance at pulling off an upset over the mighty Boomer Sooners. Well, maybe they didn't catch last weekend's near debacle against Kansas.
Though the game was in Lawrence, Baylor needed 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter just to send it into overtime. Some "experts" still have Robert Griffin III among their top five favorites for the Heisman.
His hopes could be dead if they suffer a beatdown by the Sooners. Oklahoma can still play in a BCS Bowl if they remain unbeaten heading into Bedlam.
Look for Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds to continue to fill in admirably for the injured Ryan Broyles. Plus, if the Sooners can win out there is a slight chance that they could be playing in the BCS National Championship, though Alabama and/or Oregon may have to lose.
Drama's Pick: Sooners by 21
Cal at No. 9 Stanford
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The Cardinal better get their game faces on for "The Big Game" against the Cal Bears or else their BCS aspirations will be completely over.
Stanford still controls its own destiny, most likely to reach a BCS game such as the Fiesta Bowl. They do not have the fanbase that Michigan or Nebraska has, but if they hang some fireworks on Cal and Notre Dame it would make it tough for the Fiesta Bowl representatives to pass on them.
Drama's Pick: Cardinal by 10
No. 18 USC at No. 4 Oregon
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The Trojans are ranked at No. 18 in the AP Poll, and many believe they have a chance against the high octane Ducks offense. LaMichael James, Darron Thomas, DeAnthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner are nearly impossible to slow down (Need somebody to lose in top two and perhaps even Bama).
The Ducks are playing as good as if not better than any team on the planet right now. If they beat down all of their opponents from here on out, they have a decent chance to get a crack at the BCS National Championship.
Drama's Pick: Ducks by 17
The biggest question of the season remains as whether or not LSU can knock off both Arkansas and Georgia in the SEC Championship?
If not, then the madness will soon begin!
No. 2 Oklahoma State at Iowa State
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Iowa State 37, Oklahoma State 31 (2 OT)
The second ranked Cowboys have now suffered a devastating loss on the field as well. On the same day of losing their assistant and head woman's basketball coach, the Cowboys seemed to play uninspired football.
They had five brutal turnovers and Heisman frontrunner Brandon Weeden easily had his worst game of the season. The Cowboys will likely drop all the way to around number eight. Their BCS title aspirations are over and they are just fighting to reach a BCS Bowl now with the Sooners coming up.
They can still win the Big 12 and knock off Oklahoma at Bedlam in Stillwater, but with such a terrible loss off the field for the Cowboys, it really puts life into perspective and makes us appreciate for what he have.