Well, ten weeks in and we have the newest version of the “Game of the Century.” Fans have been waiting several weeks to see LSU travel to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama. LSU is number one in the BCS standings while Alabama is number two, and it isn’t even close. Both teams have been drilling teams.
So, the “Game of the Century” is this Saturday, and, according to BCS supporters, it serves as a semi-final to the national championship game. Problem is, both teams have a lot of football left to play. Alabama, amongst others, will have to play their rival Auburn while LSU will close out hosting Arkansas, a team that has had their number recently. Therefore, it is far from a semi-final, but, assuming the winner doesn’t lose, it will decide one half of the national title game.
Who will be their opponent?
3. Oklahoma State– The Cowboys are resilient, and they are winning. Defeat the Sooners on December 3rd and they will play in the national championship game. But wait! They still have games left against Kansas State (this Saturday), at Texas Tech and at Iowa State, all teams who are pretty salty and able to upset a team.
4. Stanford–Just a few years, Jim Harbaugh took the Cardinal in to USC’s LA Coliseum and knocked off the once mighty Trojans. In almost a complete role reversal, Stanford escaped with an overtime victory showing that, maybe, it’s defense isn’t that good. The Cardinal still have four games left including a showdown with Oregon.
5. Boise State–Each week the Broncos are on national display. They have to show that they are BCS worthy, and they have already done that. TCU (November 12th) and at San Diego State (November 19th) are their biggest challenges left.
6. Arkansas–The Hogs have a supreme passing game, but they are just “getting by” with their defense. The close game at Vanderbilt is not as bad as it looks because Vandy is pretty good. They get a chance to show their worth as they host South Carolina this week.
7. Oregon–The Ducks lost their first game of the year against the number one team (BCS) in the land have found their way back in the national picture. The Ducks still have a chance to play in the title game again. Watch what happens if OU beats Oklahoma State and the Ducks knock off Stanford. They could get another shot at LSU.
8. Oklahoma–The Sooner destroyed Kansas State. The guys on the Dfwfootball radio show called this. The Sooners got embarrassed against Texas Tech and made the Wildcats pay for it. If the Sooners past the next three tests, December 3rd will Bedlam.
9. Nebraska–Have the blackshirts returned? Not sure I’d go that far, but this a formidable team. If Taylor Martinez is rolling, the Cornhuskers are tough.
10. Clemson/Michigan–The Tigers had a roll going, but only playing 2 games on the road caught up with them this past Saturday as they lost to Georgia Tech. The Wolverines have looked pretty good thus far, but they have the loss to Michigan State. I wouldn’t want to play either team on any given Saturday.