After one of the most exciting weekends of the season, and perhaps the most shocking ending in College Football history, the BCS Standings look almost unrecognizable in comparison to our post just a few weeks ago. Let’s take a look at who is still in the hunt for the BCS National Championship with only the Conference Champions to be decided.
For the first time this year we have a clear #1 team after Alabama’s shocking defeat to Auburn in this year’s Iron Bowl. Led by Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston, the Seminoles have what looks to be the easiest matchup of any Conference Championship game as they take on the 20th Ranked Duke Blue Devils in the ACC Championship. Barring a major upset the ‘Noles should find themselves in Pasadena playing for it all
Every year there seems to be someone in the title picture whose strength of schedule is being questioned. This may be the first year that the particular team is from a power conference. The Buckeyes have rolled through an unusually soft Big 10 to an undefeated record and a matchup with the Michigan State Spartans in the Big 10 Championship. Win, and we will most likely not see an SEC team in the Championship game for the first time since 2005
You could hear the shouts of “War Eagle” across the south last Saturday night as the Tigers defeated their bitter rivals on one of the most unforgettable endings of all time. Unfortunately for Auburn it may not be enough to get them into the National Championship. While they know full well it is their job to take care of business against Missouri in the SEC Championship, it will be up to the voters to decide if they deserve a shot at the title more than Ohio State
Bama’s title hopes hang by a thread after their crushing defeat to Auburn. Although they sit 4th in the BCS Standings, wins by Duke and Michigan State might be enough to catapult the Tide back into the title game. It is a serious long shot, but Bama did play, and did win the title without playing in the SEC Championship in 2011
Who would have thought that two teams that combined to go 2-14 in the SEC last year would be playing for the SEC title this Saturday? Like their resurgent opponent Auburn, the Missouri Tigers also have an outside change to leap into the Rose Bowl. Similar to Alabama, the Tigers need losses from Florida State, Ohio State, as well as a win of their own to hope for a shot in the title game. Either way, no one could have predicted the amount of success the MU program would have so early on in its SEC history.
Fans across America are going to be glued to their TVs come Saturday as these programs try to sort out the BCS picture. If there is one thing that we can all agree on – the BCS playoff cannot come soon enough.