Published October 29, 2012 - 12:25pm
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The SEC’s streak of six national championships in a row is at stake this weekend in the coveted matchup between #1 Alabama and #5 LSU. If a one-loss LSU pulls the upset at home, it would likely shatter the SEC’s chances at getting to and winning a national championship, something the rest of the country would crawl over glass for.
Alabama, for all intents and purposes, should take care of business at Tiger Stadium, but LSU has the best shot remaining to upset Alabama.
With LSU sitting at #5 as the highest ranked one-loss team, three undefeated teams still remain in Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon. KSU and UND should run the table and finish undefeated, and Oregon could jump at least Notre Dame if they win out, too. It could get very messy.
Here are the remaining schedules for each of those teams:
#2 Kansas State (8-0)
Nov. 3: #24 Oklahoma State
Nov. 10: at TCU
Nov. 17: at Baylor
Dec. 1: #23 Texas
Buzz: Kansas State looks like the team to beat, aside from Alabama. Led by Heisman hopeful Colin Klein, the Wildcats should win all four of their remaining games, emerging as the undefeated Big 12 champion. But let’s not forget what happened in Ames, Iowa, last season when Oklahoma State was upset by Iowa State. I don’t see that happening to Kansas State, especially since their two toughest games are at home.
#3 Notre Dame (8-0)
Nov. 3: Pittsburgh
Nov. 10: at Boston College
Nov. 17: Wake Forest
Nov. 24: at #17 USC
Buzz: The Irish can sleepwalk through the next three games, with the toughest game obviously on the road at USC. But the defense that showed up for UND on Saturday beats USC on the road. Since Notre Dame is independent, they have no conference championship game riding on it either. This is a very good football team.
#4 Oregon (8-0)
Nov. 3: at #17 USC
Nov. 10: at California
Nov. 17: #14 Stanford
Dec. 24: at #11 Oregon State
Buzz: Oregon has the best shot of the three to lose at least one game, eliminating them from contention. With three ranked conference games and a conference championship, the Ducks will get all the respect they deserve if they run that table.
So, if you thought this year’s Alabama-LSU game would be a snoozer with not as much on the line, think again. Everything is on the line. The entire country will be pulling for LSU to upset Alabama just so the SEC gets shut out of the national championship game.
The SEC’s domination of the BCS could come to an end Saturday night in Baton Rouge.