Of course, many will say they didn’t see this coming, but can we really act surprised?
Even though the updated BCS standings won’t be released until this evening, we can only guess they will be a bit different than there were last week, especially at the top few spots as number one Kansas State and number two Oregon were both upset this week.
The Kansas State defense failed to stop the onslaught from Baylor in a 52-24 loss that will undoubtedly ruin the Wildcats’ chances at a National Championship this season. Kansas State had reached the number one spot in the BCS standings for the first time in its history, but the party didn’t last long after the Bears crashed it.
Oregon was poised to make its second National Championship game appearance in three years, but its hopes were also dashed in 17-14 overtime loss at home against #13 Stanford. The Ducks’ mighty offense, which was averaging more than 50 points per game coming in, was shut down for the first time all season.
So now what?
One thing is certain. Notre Dame’s win this week not only pushed them to 11-0 on the season, but it will push them into the top spot in the BCS standings. With one game left against a high-scoring USC team, a trip to the title game may not be in the bag, but the Irish still have control of their own destiny and if they continue to play as they have all season, there’s no reason to think they won’t get there.
After Notre Dame, the confusion and chaos begins. Alabama should slide into the number two spot and Georgia should move up to three. These are two teams that will play each other in the SEC Championship game, so as long as they both finish the season with wins, you would think that a Notre Dame vs. the winner of that game would be the teams in the title game, but with these BCS computers, it’s never that simple.
A one-loss Florida will make its case, as will the now one-loss Oregon team and K State. It seems that the pollsters have lost their admiration for those two teams since they lost most recently, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Florida has a tough game next to finish its season against in-state rival Florida State and a win in that game could give the Gators even more of an argument at the end of the year.
It will be interesting to see what the computers spit out later tonight, but I think we’re all happy that we only have a couple more years to deal with the maddening BCS. If I had to put money on who will go, I would take Notre Dame and Alabama, but then again, if I had been asked to put money on it last week, I would have lost a lot of money.