No. 1 LSU smashed the No. 3 Arkansas Razorbacks today 41-17, securing their title as the best team in the nation. The team still needs to beat No. 13 Georgia to capture the SEC championship, but I think it safe to assume that they will win that game (and even if they don't, they will probably make it).
So the question is, who will Les Miles face in the championship game? Arkansas, now with two losses, will surely plummet in the polls. Alabama is unlikely to receive the bid, especially because they won't contend in their conference's championship game.
No. 4 Oklahoma State should be third in the polls following this weekend, and their only loss came in a fluky game on a weekday that had to go to double overtime. Still, that team needs to beat No. 9 Oklahoma to have such a chance.
No. 5 Virginia Tech's only loss came in a devastating defeat to Clemson, who at the time was the hottest team in the nation. They still need to win the ACC to have any chance at winning the national title.
No. 6 Stanford lost in a shootout against Oregon last month 53-30, possibly ruining their opportunity at winning the title. They have the best player in the nation in Andrew Luck, but the defense doesn't always show up. They have a slim chance, not a big one.
No. 8 Houston could shock the world and receive a bid to the title game, but that seems highly unlikely. Boise State never received that honor in their incredible non-BCS seasons, so why should Case Keenum and these Conference USA busters?
The debate rages on, but nothing can be decided until each team ends their season.
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