With the regular season in the books for most of the nation’s top teams, there isn’t a whole lot of mystery left surrounding the BCS rankings.
No. 1 LSU will likely be playing for the championship regardless of what happens next weekend in the SEC title game, and No. 2 Alabama has a good shot at getting in as well.
If No. 5 Virginia Tech takes care of business and beats a slumping Clemson team next weekend, the Hokies are a lock for the BCS. The No. 8 Houston Cougars should also earn their first-ever BCS berth with a win in the Conference USA title game on Saturday.
In the Pac-12, both No. 6 Stanford and No. 10 Oregon are essentially locks to finish in the Top 10, provided the Ducks beat a severely overmatched UCLA team in the inaugural conference championship game Friday night.
The winner of the inaugural Big Ten title game between No. 14 Michigan State and No. 16 Wisconsin is also a lock for the BCS, and even though No. 7 Boise State will need an at-large bid to play in one of college football’s top four games, the Broncos should also finish in the Top 10.
At this point, the only real question surrounding the BCS Top 10 is how both No. 4 Oklahoma State and No. 9 Oklahoma will fare after Bedlam. The winner will be crowned the Big 12 champion, and the loser will be left hoping for an at-large bid to the BCS.
Should the Cowboys win, they will likely finish No. 3 in the rankings; if Oklahoma prevails, the Sooners will inch closer to the BCS Top 5 for a third time this season.
Although the championship matchup is all but decided, there is still a lot to watch for next weekend.
Teams like Houston and Oklahoma need wins to get in, and teams like No. 11 Kansas State and No. 12 South Carolina will be waiting and wondering where they’re going to end up.