The Houston Cougars could leapfrog some more teams the next couple of weeks by running the table.
If these teams all lose, the Cougars could possibly pounce on that coveted No. 2 BCS ranking.
No. 7 Boise State Broncos (9-1, 4-1 Mountain West) will most likely not win their conference after losing to the No. 19 Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (9-2, 6-0 Mountain West). The Horned Frogs will win the conference by beating the UNLV Rebels (2-8, 1-4 Mountain West).
Not winning a conference title will hurt the Broncos' BCS ranking.
No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (10-1, 8-1 Pac-12) will face No. 22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-3). If they win that, the Cardinal could possibly play the UCLA Bruins or lesser teams in the Pac-12 Championship Game. If their opponent wins, the Cardinal will drop in the rankings and might even miss making a BCS bowl game.
No. 5 Virginia Tech Hokies (10-1, 6-1 ACC) will have to beat No. 18 Clemson Tigers (9-2, 6-2 ACC) in order to win the ACC Championship Game. The Tigers were in competition for the BCS National Championship Game before losing 31-17 to the No. 23 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The Tigers will want a consolation prize, and an ACC title would do it.
No. 4 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) will face an underachieving No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners team (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) who blew their BCS title chances with bad losses to the Texas Tech Red Raiders and No. 18 Baylor Bears.
The Sooners have the defense (22.3 points a game) to possibly slow down the Cowboys' dynamic offense (49.8 points a game).
No. 3 Arkansas Razorbacks (10-1, 6-1 SEC) will have the daunting task of beating No. 1 LSU Tigers for a spot in the SEC Championship Game. The Tigers have a stifling defense (10 points allowed a game) led by sophomore cornerback Tryann Mathieu and senior safety Brandon Taylor.
The Razorbacks have to also win on the road, which could be an extremely difficult task. Losing to the Tigers will kill the Razorbacks' chances of playing in the BCS National Championship Game, as they won't even have a chance to win their own conference.
No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1, 6-1 SEC) will face the No. 24 Auburn Tigers (7-4, 4-3 SEC). However, the Crimson Tide are going to be blocked out of the SEC Championship Game. They lost a crucial game to LSU. Even if LSU loses, the Razorbacks will get the bid for the championship game because they beat the Tigers.
If the Razorbacks defeat the LSU Tigers, LSU should not have the No. 2 seed for a rematch. The nation will probably want another team to have the title shot against the Razorbacks.
While this is unlikely for each of these teams to lose, the Cougars should get the No. 2 seed if all these teams have two losses and can't even win their conference.