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The Sunday Morning BCS Report: Week 10

Dan SmithCorrespondent INovember 8, 2009

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs runs with the ball as Miguel Chavis #89 of the Clemson Tigers tries to tackle him during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The SEC is far and away the best conference in college football this season. Florida and Alabama have been top three teams all year long.

It looks like one of those teams will be playing for the National Title as the SEC Title Game is a National Semi-Final Game in a sport without a playoff.

Kinda flawed if you think about it.

Here is another angle I have on why the SEC is so good:

LSU is the third best team in the conference and I think that LSU could compete for the Big XII title with Texas. With USC's struggles, LSU would be the team to beat in the Pac-10.

As good as Ohio State played in Penn State, LSU would be the team to beat in the Big 10 as well. LSU and TCU, led by quarterback Andy Dalton, would be the best two teams in the Mountain West.

I have been down on the Big East and ACC all year so you know that I think LSU would dominate both of those conferences.

The third place team in the SEC will not be in the BCS but if LSU was in any other conference, they would be a BCS team.

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That is how good the SEC is this year and has been for a few years now.

As good as the SEC is, if there was a true playoff, USC might have won four or five National Titles. During all of the years of SEC domination, I still contend that USC has been the best team in the country.

I just can't figure out how USC keeps losing to Pac-10 schools every year.

Those are my reporter takes and now get ready for the homer take:

The Ohio State University went into Happy Valley and dominated Penn State. Jim Tressel's gameplan worked to perfection and all game long, Penn State had to go the length of the field to get into the scoring zone.

Penn State could only manage one scoring drive all game long against that inspired Buckeye defense led by Cameron Heyward.

Terrelle Pryor made the plays he had in front of him and didn't make any mistakes. His long pass to DeVier Posey in the third quarter pushed the Buckeye lead to ten and made the over 100,000 fans in Beaver Stadium's 300th game all sit on their hands.

The Buckeyes special teams, led by Ray Small, made big plays as well to give the Buckeyes both field position and momentum all game long. Small took his first punt return to the Penn State 9-yard line for the Buckeyes first quarter touchdown.

Iowa limps into Columbus next week after losing for the first time this season to Northwestern and with their QB, Ricky Stanzi, hurt. Ohio State is primed for their fifth straight Big Ten Title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Ten teams will play in the five BCS bowl games and here are the 20 teams left that have a chance at a BCS bowl game:

1. Florida

2. Texas

3. Alabama

4. TCU

5. Boise State

6. Cincinnati

7. Ohio State

8. Georgia Tech

9. Pittsburgh

10. Iowa

11. Oregon

12. Miami

13. Arizona

14. USC

15. LSU

16. West Virginia

17. Utah

18. Houston

19. Nebraska

20. Clemson


Conference Power Rankings

1. SEC

2. Big XII

3. Big 10

4. Pac-10

5. Mountain West

6. Big East

Week 11 Playoff Games

1. Utah at TCU

2. West Virginia at Cincinnati

3. Iowa at Ohio State

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