On Friday night in a surprising turn of events, the No. 2 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys lost a stunner against Iowa State. The Cowboys entered the game as four touchdown favorites, but left with their first loss of the season.
The loss will ultimately send the BCS into a tailspin, opening up the No. 2 slot and the legitimate shot to play in the National Championship. The real challenge is trying to figure out what team is deserving of that spot, Oregon or Alabama?
The Alabama Crimson Tide is the favorite to move into the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings. Currently they hold down the No. 3 spot with their only glaring loss on the season against the LSU Tigers. Many of the college football experts are clamoring for a rematch in the National Championship game, but Alabama is not helping their cause by scheduling cupcake Georgia Southern down the stretch.
The Oregon Ducks also are in the running to grab the No. 2 spot. The Ducks only have one loss on the season and that was in the first game of the season when they lost to the LSU Tigers.
Unlike Alabama, the Ducks lost on a neutral field and that game was at the beginning of the year. The Ducks are also finishing with a strong schedule, recently defeating Stanford and Andrew Luck.
While it is highly unlikely that the Ducks will leap over the Crimson Tide in the BCS Rankings, they should not be overlooked.
Alabama was defeated at home and are coasting through the late games in the schedule. The Ducks lost on a neutral field and are playing tough teams down the stretch. The Oregon Ducks should be the team that takes over the No. 2 spot in the standings, but there is still plenty of college football left to be played.
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