BCS Championship Picture: Title Hopes for Teams Outside the Top Two

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BCS Championship Picture:  Title Hopes for Teams Outside the Top Two
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First, it was Oklahoma State. Then, it was their Bedlam rival, Oklahoma.  Despite playing at home, even Oregon couldn’t get it done.

Three top five teams, three losses in a span of 24 hours between Friday and Saturday. We’ve been waiting for this kind of weekend in college football—it seems inevitable—where top-ranked teams begin falling like dominoes when their matchups initially seem to be “safe” for them to win and move on.

The biggest beneficiary from the losses of the Oklahoma teams and Oregon would have to be Alabama.  The Tide had been third in the BCS standings heading into the weekend, and the simple fact that they did not lose will ensure they move back into the second spot. This means a win over Auburn would seem to ensure that Alabama plays in the BCS National Championship Game.

However, given what we saw this weekend, we should know it would be foolish to simply pencil in LSU and Alabama in a rematch for the national championship. One of these teams has two more games to play, the second of which would be the SEC Championship Game.

It’s time to reshuffle the deck and look at what could happen over the next two weeks for several teams who still have a chance to slide back into the BCS National Championship race.

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