So, the machine that is the Alabama Crimson Tide lost, but I’m sure you know that; however, what we don’t know is how the new BCS rankings will look tonight. The debate about who should be No. 1 began immediately following the Tide’s loss, but there is a difference between who should be No. 1 and who will be. Theoretically the Kansas State Wildcats should move up one spot to the top of the standings, but it’s just not that simple.
Both the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and K-State had to grind it out for wins yesterday and judging how the Oregon Ducks eventually dominated in their victory yesterday and how they have done in the both the USA Today Coaches Poll and Harris Poll, all signs point to the Ducks finding themselves as the new number one tonight. Last week the quack-attack had a slight edge over the Wildcats in the Coaches Poll, but had more control of the No. 2 spot in the Harris as the Ducks had six first place votes to the Wildcats’ one.
It appears Notre Dame will have the most difficult time getting into the BCS Championship because their remaining schedule features only one ranked team. Always keep in mind that the human element in the BCS has a very short memory and the final rankings will reflect what each team has done lately. After week 11 there are three undefeated teams all with the shot of making it to the national title, but which teams have the best chance of running the table?
Kansas State also has one ranked team on their schedule, the Texas Longhorns, and next week they travel to Waco, TX to take on the Baylor Bears. The Bears gave the Oklahoma Sooners all they could handle yesterday and regardless of their record, the Art Briles offense can present some problems for the Wildcats defense. The Wildcats also have Heisman Trophy favorite Collin Klein, so that will give them the inside track if they finish undefeated as Big 12 champions.
The Oregon Ducks have the most difficult road to Florida facing two teams that are currently ranked. The Stanford Cardinals will face off with the Ducks in Autzen this Saturday, which does have some potential for an upset. Don’t forget if Oregon beats Stanford, they will have a spot in the Pac-12 Championship against either the USC Trojans or UCLA Bruins. Both the Bruins and Trojans have the chance to be ranked when the Ducks face-off with them. Three ranked opponents, three wins and a conference title makes the Ducks locked in if they win out.
Notre Dame had to grind out their victory last night against the Boston College Eagles and last week they needed overtime to take down the Pittsburgh Panthers. Unfortunately, the Irish haven’t impressed voters the last two weeks. Yes they won and their defense is impressive, but they aren’t winning with style. All ND can do is win their remaining two games and hope the Ducks or Wildcats lose, but don’t forget about the Georgia Bulldogs who could leap-frog the Irish as a one loss SEC champion.
The Fighting Irish have the easiest chance of running the table, then comes the Wildcats and finally the Ducks have the most difficult road. Let’s just say for sake of argument all three finish undefeated. The BCS title would feature UO and Kansas State. The Ducks have the most ranked teams on their remaining schedule and Kansas State already has the lead on the Irish and voters will want to see the Heisman winner on the final national stage of the season.
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