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Friday, November 8, 2013

Door Open for BCS Hopefuls

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Door Open for BCS Hopefuls
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jason Gillson

The college football race to the BCS Championship took a major detour last night as #3 ranked Oregon saw their hopes at a trip to the National Championship game crushed for the second year in a row by #5 Stanford. Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota was ineffective and his offense was completely shutout for the entire first half by an inspired Cardinal defense and relentless home crowd.

So what does this mean for the other teams in contention?

For starters, #1 Alabama controls their own destiny. Win out and they will have a chance at the prized three-peat and declaration by many as a true college football dynasty. Top to bottom they probably have the most talent in college football. They will surely pump out multiple first rounds yet again this season. That said, they don't have an easy road by any means as they face #13 LSU this week and #9 Auburn in the final week of the regular season. Win and your in, but they may have the toughest road of any of the contenders.

#2 Florida State had the most to gain from the Oregon loss. Oregon all but assuredly would have jumped them in the standings with a win over a top 5 opponent. Instead, the door is now wide open for FSU to roll to the Championship game. Their only game of interest left on the schedule is a final week match-up with an injury depleted Florida team. They now control their own destiny and appear at this point to be the biggest lock to go to the BCS title game.

Ohio State, also sitting there undefeated at 9-0 figures to jump up to #3 thanks to the Oregon loss. They have as strong a team as any but the schedule and lack of another Big 10 power house to help their resume will keep them on the outside looking in, baring an Alabama or FSU loss. They have three conference games left against Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. None of them really have the pzazz to garner a jump in the standings.

And then we have our dark horse candidate. In the other huge college football game on Thursday night #6 Baylor handled #10 Oklahoma with relative ease. Oklahoma was the start of a real juicy part of their schedule in terms of building a resume for a case for the National Title game. Next week they have a date with #25 Texas Tech followed by games with #14 Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas. All four of those teams are respectable opponents and running that schedule could cause them to jump up threatening Ohio State in the rankings, should both run the table. They would need some outside help at this point to make it to the big game but they play a really exciting brand of football, led by the #1 ranked offense in the country and could make a very strong case for inclusion should they take care of business.

Other undefeated teams on the outside looking in include Fresno State and Northern Illinois. Neither have a chance at the title game without an act of god, but both are deserving of note due to record.

It is going to be an exciting race to the finish. Who are your picks to face off in the BCS Championship game?

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