Playoffs? You kiddin' me? Playoffs?
Well, that "playoff" the college football poobahs are bringing along will be here about two years too late. There's a pretty good chance that four teams from BCS conferences (and that includes Notre Dame) will finish the regular season undefeated.
How good of a chance? Let's put it this way: Of the 18 remaining games that Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame have yet to play, in only four where these teams won't be favored by double digits, and only one, where one of those teams might even be an underdog.
That's why the beauty pageant is really going to start in earnest.
For only the third time in BCS history but the second time in four years, there might be at least three undefeated BCS conference winners. In 2004, Auburn was shut out by USC and Oklahoma. In 2009, Alabama and Texas got in, but Cincinnati didn't. So this time, who's going to be left out?
There are six unbeaten teams left in FBS, and interestingly, they represent each of the six BCS conferences, with Notre Dame standing in for its future non-football home of ACC. Ohio State is ineligible to win the Big Ten but remains in the running to win the AP national title (that's a topic for another day), but the other five teams all still have aspirations for the two spots in the BCS title game.
Projected BCS standings:
1. Alabama, 2. Kansas State, 3. Notre Dame, 4. Oregon, 5. Georgia, 6. Florida, 7. LSU, 8. Oklahoma, 9. South Carolina, 10. Louisville, 11. Florida State, 12. Stanford, 13. Oregon State, 14. Clemson, 15. Mississippi State.