Sunday, November 11, 2007

No One is Safe

As expected, LSU and Oregon are now atop of the latest BCS standings, with a trio of Big 12 teams not too far behind. This year's BCS title race is far from over.

In the next three weeks, essentially a Big 12 tournament should determine who survives to at least make a claim for a spot in the BCS national championship game. Meanwhile, LSU and Oregon will need to each win their remaining three games to keep the Big 12 challenger at bay.

The Ducks face three teams with a combined record of 15-15. They play two of those three on the road, but have the toughest game -- the Civil War against Oregon State -- at Autzen Stadium. LSU has a road game against 3-7 Ole Miss and then a home game against 6-4 Arkansas. After that, it's onto the SEC championship game, against either Tennessee, Georgia or Florida.

The only team that might prevent the much-anticipated SEC-Pac-10 showdown -- without either team losing -- is Kansas. If the Jayhawks should sweep Iowa State, Missouri and Oklahoma (in the Big 12 title game), then they may push their way into New Orleans. Otherwise, a 12-1 Oklahoma or Missouri will have a hard time crashing the BCS title game.

But if we've learned anything from this tumultuous 2007 season, is that anything can happen. And three weeks is an eternity.

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