Making a Case for Each Top 10 BCS Team to Make the Title Game

T.J. Mcaloon@@tjmcaloonContributorOctober 22, 2011

Making a Case for Each Top 10 BCS Team to Make the Title Game

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    The last time a team won the National Title starting ranked No. 10 in the BCS Standings was in 2008, when the Florida Gators, led by Tim Tebow, shot up the standings to defeat the Ohio State University. 

    Since then, it's been a smattering of teams who started around the top of the BCS standings, like Oregon last year, who started at No. 2 and stayed there, or like Auburn, who started out in the BCS standings last year at No. 4, only to finish the regular season at No. 1.

    Point is, anything can happen from now until the end of the college football regular season.

    Teams get upset every week, and these BCS standings are capable of being moved around like a card dealer on the streets playing "Find the Queen."

    Now, we aren't saying that No. 10 Oregon has a better shot to play in the BCS Title game over No. 1 LSU. 

    We are just going to point out how each team can make it to the Superdome in New Orleans on January 9th. 

No. 10 Oregon Ducks

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    Oregon starts the BCS standings at No. 10, with .6190 points. They are No. 9 in the Harris Poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, while ranked No. 12 in the Computer Polls. 

    They have to make up a lot of ground in the Computer Polls by doing what they do the best, which is score a lot of points. 

    Oregon still has games against Washington, Stanford and USC. The Ducks will have a chance to impress the voters of that Computer Poll, by beating these teams by 25-or-more points. 

    They will have to rely on teams like Arkansas, Clemson, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and LSU to lose either one or two games, for the Ducks to really make a run at the national title game. 

No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Arkansas starts out at No. 9 in the BCS Standings, with .6263 points. The Razorbacks are ranked at No. 10 in the Harris and USA Today Coaches' Polls and have an average of No. 8 in the Computer Polls.

    Arkansas benefits from playing in the South Eastern Conference, with games against Auburn, Alabama and LSU.

    The Razorbacks already have wins against other ranked teams in the BCS, having defeated Texas A&M and Auburn. 

    However, when this Razorback team plays a team like Alabama, they fold, losing their chance at really making a statement in the polls. 

    They have a chance to shoot up these BCS standings with a win against LSU later on in the season. 

No. 8 Stanford Cardinal

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    Stanford starts this BCS standings ranked No. 8, with .7484 points. They rank No. 7 in the Harris Poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, while ranking at No. 8 in the Computer Polls.

    Ah, Andrew Luck, how you are a dream boat for NFL franchises who are having fan bases chanting, "Suck for Luck."

    But, for his Cardinal to make the BCS title game, they will have to hope that a team like Washington continue to win after their game against Stanford this week. 

    They still have a game against Oregon, which will determine who wins their division in the new Pac-12 conference, and a game against a potentially 8-3 or 9-2 Notre Dame to end their season.

    Those two games could rocket the Cardinal up the BCS standings high enough to crack the top two. 

    More than likely, Stanford will need losses to Wisconsin, LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to make the title game. 

No. 7 Clemson Tigers

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    Clemson starts out the BCS Standings ranked No. 7, with .7582 points. They are ranked No. 8 in both the Harris and USA Today Coaches' polls and at No. 5 in the Computer Polls. 

    Clemson has been this year's Auburn, in that last year Auburn started out unranked in the preseason polls. However, they surprised everyone by rocketing up the polls, eventually winning the national title.

    Will Clemson win the "Coaches Trophy" this year? 

    That remains to be determined. 

    But, they still have two games against ranked teams. Wins in those games will give them five for the season. 

    It's hard to not buy into what Clemson has done this year, but they will need losses to Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and LSU to get into the national title game. 

No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers

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    The Wisconsin Badgers start out in the BCS Standings at No. 6, with .7708 points. The Badgers are No. 4 in both the Harris and USA Today Coaches' polls, while ranking at No. 11 in the Computer Polls.

    The Badgers do not get any love from the computers, as that ranking hurts this team from being ranked higher in the BCS. 

    But, the silver lining in this dark Computer Poll cloud is that Wisconsin has tough Big Ten conference games on the road against Michigan State, Ohio State and Illinois. 

    Those three games, plus a regular season ending game against Penn State, will help the Badgers move up the Computer Ranking.

    Once Wisconsin wins those games, the Badgers have a great chance at moving past Boise St. and a one-loss Alabama, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma team, into the BCS title game. 

No. 5 Boise State Broncos

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    Boise State starts the BCS Standings at No. 5, with .8027 points. The Broncos are No. 5 in the Harris Poll, No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and are No. 6 in the Computers Polls. 

    The only way Boise State gets into this years national title game is if every undefeated team around them loses one game.

    Yes, we know it's unfair, as Boise manhandled a very good Georgia team to start the season, but it's a title game dominated by bigger schools who play in major conferences.

    But, the good news for Boise State is that they only have to leap over LSU, Oklahoma, Alabama and Oklahoma State. Two of those four teams have to lose at least one game, as they all play each other.

    But, they have to hope that whomever happens to be the winner of the LSU/'Bama & OU/OSU game already has one loss. 

No. 4 Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Oklahoma State opens the BCS Standings at No. 4, with .8568 points. The Cowboys are ranked No. 6 in both the Harris and USA Today Coaches' polls, while being ranked No. 1 in the Computer Polls.

    The Cowboys were a shocking choice at No. 1 from the polls that make up the computers. 

    Yes, they've had impressive wins over Texas and Texas A&M, but after those two wins, their resume has good wins over teams like Missouri, Arizona and a combination of horrible teams like Kansas, Tulsa and Louisiana-Laffayette.

    But, the Cowboys are No. 1 in the Computer Polls, which is the hardest poll to move up in, since it's an average of six polls thrown into one.

    For Oklahoma. St to make it to the Superdome, it's real simple: All they have to do is beat Oklahoma on December 3rd in Stillwater.

    Win that game and it's onto New Orleans for the national title game. 

No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners

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    Oklahoma starts the BCS Standings ranked No. 3, with .9301 points. The Sooners are ranked No. 3 in the Harris Poll and No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, while being ranked No. 4 in the Computer Polls.

    For Oklahoma, it's the no respect game. They get respect from the coaches, as they see the value in a No. 1 team who hasn't lost a game this year. But, they lack respect from the voters of the Computer Polls and Harris Poll.

    If Oklahoma keeps winning, they will stay on top of the USA Today Poll, while staying in the top five of the Harris and Computers. 

    For the Sooners to play on Jan. 9 for the national title, they will have to defeat No. 4 Oklahoma State on the road. 

No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

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    Alabama starts out the BCS standings ranked No. 2, with .9519 points. The Crimson Tide are ranked No. 2 in the Harris Poll and No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, while being ranked No. 2 in the Computer Polls.

    For Alabama to make it to New Orleans in January, they just have to beat LSU at home on November 5th and not get beaten by Auburn or the SEC East division champion, at the end of their season.

    For Alabama, their road is very simple, yet very tough, in the teams they have to play. 

No. 1 LSU Tigers

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    LSU starts the BCS Standings at No. 1, with .9522 points. The Tigers rank No. 1 in the Harris Poll, No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 3 in the Computer Polls.

    How simple is it for LSU to make it to the BCS title game? 

    As the late great Al Davis would say, "Just win baby."

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