Two weeks ago, somebody must've spiked my iced tea with Jagerbomb as I wrote the now plainly laughable SEC's Stranglehold on the BCS Is Over piece.
Tonight I'll wash down my roasted crow with some moonshine.
(OK, admittedly, the sensationalistic headline was quite calculated to gain attention. But the Guru did sincerely believe that the SEC's four-year BCS run was truly over.)
Somehow, things worked out quite well for the SEC once again, this time, with two unbeaten SEC West teams duking it out on the Plains. Auburn, with a hard-fought victory over LSU, is now the only unbeaten SEC team, with only Alabama in its way of an unblemished regular season and a spot in the SEC title game.
The Tigers won't ascend to No. 1 in the polls, but they'll gain enough points - coupled with their superior computer ratings - to be the new No. 1 team in the BCS standings. Oregon, the consensus No. 1 in the polls, will hold on to the No. 2 spot.
For the first time this season, the top two teams in the BCS standings will control their own destiny. If Oregon and Auburn both win their remaining games, they will meet in the BCS title game no matter what happens to any other team in any other game.
So the big loser of the week is the one that didn't even play. Boise State. The Broncos have a Tuesday night date with Louisiana Tech, but no matter what happens from here on out, they will not have a chance to play for the BCS championship without a loss by Oregon or Auburn. There's a possibility they might even drop to No. 3 in one of the polls this week.
Only seven teams now remain unbeaten: TCU, Utah, Michigan State and Missouri are the others. There may be as many as six undefeated teams at the end of the season (if highly unlikely) since TCU and Utah will face each other. And one-loss teams, particularly Alabama, are now creeping back into the picture.
Yeah, so much for that whole "the SEC is finished" business.
This week's projected BCS standings: 1. Auburn, 2. Oregon, 3. Boise State, 4. TCU, 5. Michigan State, 6. Missouri, 7. Alabama, 8. Utah, 9. Wisconsin, 10. LSU, 11. Oklahoma, 12. Ohio State, 13. Stanford, 14. Nebraska, 15. Florida State.