LSU-Alabama might not have been the earth-shattering game we anticipated last season and USC-Oregon might not have been an all-undefeated showdown of top-five squads, but it’s never a bad sign when you feel like things are still to come.
|BCS Bowl Projections
||Alabama vs. Kansas State
||Oregon vs. Nebraska
||Florida vs. Clemson
||Florida St. vs. Louisville
||Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame
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Like last week, we are left with four undefeated teams set to occupy the four top spots in the BCS. A fifth undefeated team, Louisville, trails, but is positioning itself for a BCS bid nonetheless.
Victories this weekend doesn’t do much to shift the BCS bowl projections, but trap games and key showdowns, including championship games, loom. Crunch time and November are here.
BCS National Championship Game: Alabama Crimson Tide (BCS No. 1) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (BCS No. 2)
Comment: Threatened early and late, Alabama completed a comeback and proved its spot as the nation’s top team behind AJ McCarron’s game-winning drive. With three SEC games and the SEC Championship Game looming, Alabama’s tests are not complete, but it sure looks like the Crimson Tide are headed back to the title game.
Kansas State was too tested against ranked Oklahoma State, but made the final margin as convincing as anything they’ve accomplished thus far this season. Because of their body of work, Kansas State just gets the edge over Oregon in the No. 2 spot and is title game bound.
Rose Bowl: Oregon Ducks (Pac-12 champions) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Ten champion)
Comment: Having won three straight conference games, Nebraska looks to be getting hot at the right time, and with three more conference meetings to go before a possible berth in the Big Ten Championship Game, the Cornhuskers seem to be just what the Big Ten needed — a team that could convincingly win the conference in light of Ohio State’s ineligibility.
Oregon, in danger of missing the national championship game because of BCS math, would land in the Rose Bowl as the Pac-12 champion if not in the title game as an undefeated team.
Sugar Bowl: Florida Gators (At-large selection) vs. Clemson Tigers (At-large selection)
Comment: It’s funny what a dominant conference will do. With so many SEC teams filling up the BCS standings, the system itself is almost handcuffed by its own rules. Capped at two teams from any conference, the BCS will have to go looking elsewhere for its at-large teams when December comes, and sitting there might be Clemson, an impressive team, no doubt. After picking Florida as a replacement for the SEC champion Alabama, Clemson seems like a good spot filler here, replacing what could have been a Boise State squad before the Broncos were upset late Saturday night.
Orange Bowl: Florida State Seminoles (ACC champion) vs. Louisville Cardinals (Big East champion)
Comment: Louisville was locked in a battle with Temple on Saturday until the Cardinals were finally able to pull away and complete a blowout. The performance again solidified the Cardinals’ role as Big East favorites. A conference title would likely land the Cardinals here against the ACC champion. Florida State, resting while the ACC continues to beat up on itself, looks to be the favorite to accomplish that.
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners (At-large selection) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (At-large selection)
Comment: In the strange process that is the BCS bowl selection process, some things get lost in the shuffle. Among them is the draft that the bowls partake in on that fateful selection Sunday. If the national championship game is to feature Alabama and Kansas State, that would create a selection order that would see the Fiesta Bowl collect two consecutive picks. With those picks, wouldn’t they love to select a traditional Big 12 participant and an undefeated or once-beaten Notre Dame?