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BCS Shuffles After Weekend Upsets

Author: Mickey Mills
Published: November 21, 2011 at 9:07 am

Oklahoma State controlled their fate. The loss to Iowa State in double overtime sealed it.

Ending the OSU unbeaten season dropped the Cowboys from 2nd to 4th. Alabama shifted back into the #2 spot with Arkansas in 3rd.

What should have been a walk around Waco for the Oklahoma Sooners turned into a boondoggle against Baylor. The Sooners went down 45-38.

The disappointment in the Big 12 gave the BCS outlook a definite SEC  advantage. At this point the BCS standings look like this:

1 — LSU
2 — Alabama
3 — Arkansas
4 — Oklahoma State
5 — Virginia Tech
6 — Stanford
7 — Boise State
8 — Houston
9 — Oklahoma
10— Oregon
11— Kansas State
12— South Carolina
13— Georgia
14— Michigan State
15— Michigan
16— Wisconsin

The Championship scenarios play out like this: 

I believe the LSU Tigers  will get the bid for the BCS Championship game under all scenarios except one. Should the Razorbacks dominate the Tigers and win by a couple of touchdowns and Alabama dominates Auburn, then maybe the committee sends Alabama and Arkansas to the big game. A closely played LSU/ARK game where the Tigers lose by a Field Goal or a blown call would give the committee a tough decision. Some voters may not want to see an Alabama/LSU rematch.

Now if Auburn beats Alabama and Hogs take down LSU, that gives us a bunch of one loss teams and based on the strength of season, I think LSU still makes it to New Orleans. Who they play becomes the question. I think that all depends on if the voters want to see the Alabama/LSU rematch. But you can't count out Arkansas and OSU if the Cowboys defeat the Sooners. Voters might prefer the SEC/Big 12 matchup rather than the SEC virtual lock on the crystal football.

However it plays out the real winner here will be college football fans everywhere. It's shaping up to be one of the great finale's of the 14-year history of the BCS. 


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Mickey is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association and began covering NASCAR in the late 80s where he spent weekends at places like Darlington, Talladega, Daytona, and other speedways, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and the late Benny Parsons. …

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