After Friday, the Arkansas Razorbacks should be in position to accept their first Bowl Championship Series National Championship Title Game bid with a win over No.1 LSU.
With Arkansas moving to No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll Sunday, the only two teams that currently stand in their way are No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama.
Friday November 25, the Hogs will get their chance to beat the unanimous top-ranked college football team and lay claim to the number two ranking, or perhaps even the top ranking in the BCS.
Regardless of the No. 1 or No. 2 ranking, Arkansas will get their shot at the Crystal Trophy.
The BCS is supposed to take the top two ranked BCS teams for the national title game. If Arkansas beats LSU and Alabama beats Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas should occupy the top two positions with LSU dropping to third or worse.
Alabama holds the SEC West tie breaker over the Hogs. The Tide would represent the SEC West in the SEC Conference Title Game against Georgia. The outcome of the SEC Conference Title Game would not affect the Razorbacks in anyway other than who the Hogs may face in the national championship game.
If Arkansas is ranked second, the only possible obstacle blocking Arkansas’ path would be if the voters somehow jump Oklahoma State over the Razorbacks if OSU were to beat Oklahoma in the Bedlam Series.OU and OSU are set to square off December 3, in Stillwater.
Should OSU jump the Razorbacks after they beat LSU, with their only loss being on the road to Alabama, Razorback fans should start an “Occupy the BCS” movement
The task of the Razorbacks beating LSU in Death Valley seems daunting but not impossible. The Hogs have won 3 of the last 4 meeting against the Tigers, including last year’s decisive 31-23 victory.
The chaos of this year’s BCS situation only heightens the need for a college football playoff system.