The BCS Bowl games will be finalized and announced in a couple of weeks. The clock is ticking, and we will soon find out who is for real and who is just not great enough to play in the spotlight.
While the BCS National Championship will very likely be decided this weekend, there are still another four games in the BCS that are far from being decided.
Don't forget we are awaiting the very championships in the Big Ten and the Pac-12, so what is there not to love?
I breakdown the 10 most likely matchups we will see in the five BCS Bowl games.
Let's face it, barring an Iron Bowl loss to Auburn, the Crimson Tide are as big of a lock as anybody to make it in Louisiana.
They technically could play in the SEC Championship if LSU were to lose by a ton of points, but playing it by the percentages, that game will go down to the wire, and Alabama will remain in the top two at the very worst.
LSU is likely going to have to either get obliterated, like I mentioned, against Arkansas or lose the next two weeks. That should not and will not happen.
Michigan State, of course, could win the Big Ten Championship, and their opponent has not even been determined yet. The Badgers must knock off a pesky Penn State team at home in order for Wisconsin to even get a shot at Lucas Oil Stadium
The Ducks should win the Civil War over the Beavers and will host the Pac-12 Championship against whoever wants to win the South.
The winner of Bedlam will be playing in Glendale, and their opponent should be Andrew Luck and the Cardinal.
Stanford will be tough to pass up since it will be Luck's final collegiate game, even though the team does not travel as well as say a Michigan squad.
Stanford would be in the Top 5, and Oklahoma State would be third or fourth, so this game has the makings of an all-time BCS shootout.
Case Keenum and his Cougars clearly need to run the table, but it won't be easy. They go on the road against a Tulsa team that has bounced back nicely since essentially taking three beat downs from Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Boise State.
Michigan is a near lock to play in the BCS if they can knock off rivaled Ohio State Buckeyes. If Stanford or Houston were to lose and the Wolverines won, then they could be the top selection in the BCS process (Fiesta, Sugar, Orange).
I should not even attempt to predict how the Big East ends up since there are five teams that have two losses.
However, I do think the favorite right now is the Louisville Cardinals since they beat West Virginia, and they just need to beat a 5-5, 1-4 (in conference) South Florida.
The Hokies look like the clear-cut best team in the ACC, though they need to beat both Virginia and a reeling Clemson team that already has a spot in the ACC Championship.
In Frank Beamer I trust, though.
I never like to count out big game Bob and his Oklahoma Sooners so I am giving them one last chance to upset the Cowboys in Bedlam. Oklahoma was probably a worse team one season ago, and yet they may have three or four losses when it is all said and done this season.
Clearly the injuries have piled up in recent weeks, but the defense is much better than what they showed. If they can find a way to win in a place where they did one season ago I would bank on the BCS going for a matchup between two premier programs.
Having arguably the two best quarterbacks would be quite the treat in Nawlins. The Sugar Bowl is likely to get the second and third selections if Georgia does not win the SEC Championship.
Boise State and Stanford are not the most talented teams defensively, but their offenses can put up a boatload of points in a hurry in a variety of ways.
Thought not highly likely, there is a chance that Stanford or Michigan loses this weekend. If that is the case then this matchup is a strong possibility.
Case Keenum and Kellen Moore are two of the most productive signal callers we have seen in the entire history of the BCS.
Brady Hoke is an inspiration and the real deal. Sometimes he does not put on the headsets and just tries to enjoy the game and at the same time coach his players up face-to-face.
He has a great coaching staff with Greg Mattison and Al Borges, but it's the play up front on both sides of the ball with Denard Robinson, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Mike Martin and Ryan Van Bergen that makes this team dangerous.
Boise State is easily the team that needs the most help whether it is Georgia losing in the SEC title or Houston/Stanford losing.
Talk about speed against speed. Denard Robinson would be running for his life against the 'Dawgs fierce defense (remember what they did to Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl?), and Aaron Murray has the viable options to light up the Wolverines secondary.
The Wolverines could be taken ahead of Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl, so throw in a Georgia-Stanford matchup as well.
That said Michigan has a stout defense of its own, ranking 16th in the nation for total defensive yards per game. Mike Martin is a beast up front, and Jordan Kovacs has made an impact in the secondary whether it be coverage in the backfield coming in on blitzes.
Note: Arkansas has a chance to play in a BCS Bowl, but it is highly unlikely due to the tiebreakers and BCS Standings.