Can any team in the Big Six conferences go undefeated?

My CBS buddy Tim Brando made this call in July and  so if it happens, he deserves the credit. Brando said that no team in the Big Six conferences would go undefeated this season. He said the only possible undefeated teams left come championship Saturday (Dec. 4) would be Boise State and–maybe–TCU.

I thought the idea was a stretch back in the summer. I don’t think that way any more because I’ve looked at the schedule.

Remember 2007? That was the craziest year on record. It began with Appalachian State winning at Michigan and ended with No. 1 and No. 2 both losing on championship Saturday. That was the year when 13 different teams in the top five got beat by unranked teams. It was also the season that the nation’s No. 2 team lost seven times.

When you look at the top eight teams in the first BCS Standings, you see the potential for another 2007. That’s because every team will have to win at least one game on the road against a very good opponent to get to the BCS championship game.

And I’ll share this with you. If we get to championship Saturday and Boise and TCU are the only undefeated teams left, we are going to have one heckuva argument concerning the BCS championship game.

Look at this schedule and tell me who has the best chance to run the table. Then, based on this chart, give me your BCS national championship game.

 Here is a breakdown of the tough games that are still left for the top eight in the BCS Standings:

1. Oklahoma: at No. 11 Missouri on Saturday; at  No. 14 Oklahoma State, Nov. 27

2. Oregon:  vs. UCLA Thursday; at USC, Oct. 30; at California, Nov. 13, at Oregon State, Dec. 4

3. Boise State:  at Nevada, Nov. 26

4. Auburn: vs. No. 6 LSU, Saturday; vs. Georgia Nov. 13;  at No. 8 Alabama Nov. 26

5. TCU:  at No. 9 Utah, Nov. 6

6. LSU:  at No. 4 Auburn, Saturday; vs. No. 8 Alabama Nov. 6; at No. 23 Arkansas (Little Rock) Nov. 27

7. Michigan State: at No. 15 Iowa Oct. 30; at Penn State Nov. 27

8. Alabama: at No. 6 LSU, Nov. 6; vs. No. 24  Miss. State, Nov. 13; vs. No. 4 Auburn Nov. 26

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227 comments Add your comment

Buck Futt

October 20th, 2010
7:09 am

Gee, great analysis, Tony. Must have really been tough cutting and pasting half a (short) column’s worth of schedules. Glad you didn’t strain yourself today.

BAMA dude

October 20th, 2010
7:09 am

Oregon doesn’t have much on their schedule. I can definitely see them running the table. The rest of the group will probably lose one, leaving a one-loss SEC champion vs. Oregon as the likely BCSCG.

ATL is TigerTown

October 20th, 2010
7:10 am

BCS Championship: Auburn vs Oregon. War Eagle!

82Dawg

October 20th, 2010
7:12 am

@ATL is TigerTown…You better hope Cam doesn’t get hurt, without him there is no way. Not sure Auburn can do it anyway tough schedule.

ATL is TigerTown

October 20th, 2010
7:13 am

Duh….I do hope he doesn’t get hurt. That surprise you?

Chris WDE

October 20th, 2010
7:15 am

War Eagle! Beat the Corndogs!

PapaDawg

October 20th, 2010
7:15 am

I like Auburn but I don’t see them undefeated with a pretty tough schedule. They probably have one of the best players in the nation but his weak passing and suspect defense will prevent them from a perfect season.

82Dawg

October 20th, 2010
7:15 am

Figure of speech D.A….but then again I am trying to talk to an Auburn fan.

Paul M.

October 20th, 2010
7:19 am

Oklahoma, Boise, TCU, and Sparty win out…..then who goes where?

SimpleDawg

October 20th, 2010
7:21 am

Boise and TCU have the easiest path to an undefeated season.

Oklahoma has a better than even chance to remain undefeated….then Michigan State.

Oregon has a rough row to hoe based on the number of games remaining against good to decent teams.

Awbarn has no shot at being undefeated, neither does LSU.

Bama’s got no free ride the rest of the way.

There is gonna be a messed up ending to the season……

Jay

October 20th, 2010
7:22 am

PapaDawg..Cam has a 180+ passing efficiency and is completing 65% of his passes. Just because he doesn’t throw the ball 40 times a game doesn’t mean he’s a bad passer. I don’t think he’s NFL ready as a passer but he’s certainly getting it done on this level.

lanier

October 20th, 2010
7:22 am

Oregon TCU and Boise run the table and go undefeated Oregon and ALA for the title
Just a gut feeling

MURPHY

October 20th, 2010
7:23 am

Oklahoma stays undefeated. No team in the SEC will be un-defeated. I think Oregon slips(maybe thurs against UCLA).TCU-undefeated.Im undecided on Michigan State.

BCS–Oklahoma vs 1 loss SEC team

Jay

October 20th, 2010
7:23 am

Paul, when Sparty wins a game outside of Michigan, we can talk.

Beast from the East

October 20th, 2010
7:24 am

Obviously it’s Oregon and BSU, as neither has a ranked team left on their schedule nor do they have to play a conference championship game. Oklahoma will drop one of those games (most likely to State on the road). Michigan State will more than likely lose one of those raod games. TCU may win out, but it won’t matter. Bama, LSU and Auburn will all have at least one loss when the dust settles.

MURPHY

October 20th, 2010
7:28 am

Interesting comment on the Dawgs last nite by David Pollack. “Georgia will not win the SEC East-It will come down to the Carolina-Gaytor game”. David says Carolina is still the best team in the East. Also said UGA would not win-out.

Beast from the East

October 20th, 2010
7:31 am

MURPHY,
Can you not spell Gator without homophobic fears? Wishful thinking, maybe?

BAMA dude

October 20th, 2010
7:34 am

I don’t see how anyone could believe on Oklahoma to stay undefeated. Again, they beat USU by 7 and Cincy by 2 in Norman.

BAMA dude

October 20th, 2010
7:34 am

believe *in*

ATL is TigerTown

October 20th, 2010
7:37 am

Simple is an understated description, dawg. When you choose to misspell Auburn you lose any chance to even sound credible. It’s anything but clever and it’s juvenile. Come back when you grow girl.
Honestly, I fear UGA more than anyone else on our schedule. I think Auburn wins this weekend and I think they take Bama in Tuscaloosa, but UGA worries me. Not worried about 82 though.

MURPHY

October 20th, 2010
7:42 am

Beastfromtheast,

From having blogged with you before-you know Im just picking at ya a little-no disrespect meant-just poking at ya a little!

jazz

October 20th, 2010
7:44 am

Hey Neck,
Louisiana would be the last state I would associate corndogs with considering they have their own food culture unique to them unlike states like say, Alabama.
It’s not even a creative dig. If you’re going to dog them at least pick something indigenous to the area like crawdads or something.

Beast from the East

October 20th, 2010
7:47 am

MURPHY,
Fair enough. No harm no foul.
You guys have have a great day and play nice!

Boise Dawg

October 20th, 2010
7:47 am

Tony,

I see the theme of your daily blogs… lets bash the non BCS teams and show how tough the SEC is. Look we get that TCU and BCU have an easier schedule. At least you can admit that Air Force will be a tough game for TCU. I also think Hawaii is probably better than UCLA, California and Penn State… they did just beat Nevada. I agree that Georiga could be a tough game for Auburn… but funny that a 3-4 team is “tough” but Air Force which was recently ranked and almost beat Oklahoma isn’t a “tough” game for TCU.

MURPHY

October 20th, 2010
7:48 am

Beast,

Whats your feeling on the game in Jax?

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

October 20th, 2010
7:49 am

The Reporter: Mr. McGarity, the rumor around Athens is that the team is fired up, is that true ?

Greg: Absolutely, here is our video for this week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDKNnJUP2FI

Realistic Fan

October 20th, 2010
7:49 am

“If Cam go douwn, then youwre in truble Awllbarn”

“nuthin but a won man teem”

“Rowl tiyde”

Cam means more to Auburn than any other player without a doubt but give a rest. How many teams wouldn’t be significantly affected if their quarterback or best player went down?

devildawg

October 20th, 2010
7:52 am

The Big Six, thats funny. Go ahead and change that to the Big Four. The ACC and the Big East don’t even deserve to have a BCS team. Just give the SEC and the Big 12 another team in the BCS. What a joke the ACC and the Big East is.

shane

October 20th, 2010
7:54 am

UF will play better ball in Jax, but I believe UGA gets it done this year. UF just seems to have some bad mojo going this year.
Auburn is living on borrowed time. Defense just has too many holes in it.

Beast from the East

October 20th, 2010
7:56 am

MURPHY,
It pains me to say it but I don’t see UF beating anyone who’s playing well. UGA has shown great improvements while we continue to get worse. Based on that I would say UGA wins, but we do have an extra week to prepare while ya’ll have a tough road game. That makes it about a “pick-em” in my opinion. Whoever wins the turnover battle will win.
Hopefully, next year we’ll both be coming into the game with something to play for besides the bragging rights. If either one does happen to back into the SECCG all they’ve done is earn the right to get embarassed by the representative from the West (LOL)!

Ain't no way..

October 20th, 2010
7:58 am

..UGA beats UF next week – I don’t care if UF has some bad mojo, UGA is just a bad team, as is UF, but UF has UGA’s number…

shane

October 20th, 2010
8:01 am

I didn’t think there was any way UF would lose to MSU at home on homecoming, but we all know how that turned out.

MURPHY

October 20th, 2010
8:01 am

Beast,

Im probably worried more this year than any other in the past. Urban is on a mission to right the ship.I think we beat Kentucky then have a yearly hangover in Jax. I just have no confidence in my Dawgs in Jax. This will be my 30th UGA/UF game and win or lose I still have a blast.Good luck to yall

sc ace

October 20th, 2010
8:05 am

Boise wins out and so does OU AND Oregon and controversy ensues. MSU is done at Iowa, who plays Nebraska in a terrible rose bowl. Fiesta gets Boise, who is mauled by auburn. Bama makes its case by by destroying Michigan St. In the sugar. Fsu beats wvu in the orange. The ducks are national champs

sc ace

October 20th, 2010
8:07 am

Make that TCU in sugar instead of sparty

Silent Observer

October 20th, 2010
8:07 am

Tony,

You should stop hanging out with folks like Timmy. He’s dragging you down man!

shane

October 20th, 2010
8:08 am

Come on Murphy, Your Dawgs are back! UF right for the picking this year. If UGA jumps on UF early then could be a long day for the Gators. UF really hurting for confidence right now.

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GeezusDawg

October 20th, 2010
8:14 am

Why list only the “tough” games? I’m sure Michigan didn’t list App State as a “tough” game.

MURPHY

October 20th, 2010
8:15 am

shane,

Im sure we will be over-confident headed to Jax if we beat Kentucky. How many times have we gone to Jax saying this is our year and we lay an egg. Untill we start to win regularly in Jax im not drinking the kool-aide

jumbeauxtiger

October 20th, 2010
8:17 am

Michigan St and Oregon don’t play league championship games which gives them an advantage.

Still, I think both will lose a game.

I don’t think Oklahoma, Auburn or LSU will finish undefeated either.

Gen Neyland

October 20th, 2010
8:18 am

Mr CFB : Did your fingers waiver when you included UGA as a tough game for Auburn..? That’s a joke there, Bulldog buddies…I’ll vote Oregon, even though their road has potholes and for some reason they find a way to eliminate themselves.

MURPHY : I know what you’re thinking but what IF UGA does indeed win the East and beats anything from the West in DEC..? In the world of physics, the physicist of early 20th century science thought they had all theories covered, then BOOM…

shane

October 20th, 2010
8:20 am

Drinking the Kool-aide. Saban couldn’t have said it better. Hopefully the Dawgs will show up in the right frame of mind. The Kentucky game could be a good game as well. Hope your Dawgs are not looking ahead. I’m actually worried about my Tide headed up to Knoxville. Always a good game and we need the open week real bad. The walking wounded in T-Town right now.

MURPHY

October 20th, 2010
8:28 am

Gen,
Dont get me wrong-I would love for my Dawgs to win the east. Im just not confident in this team yet-I dont want to get over-confident and insert my foot in my mouth.

Shane,

Iwould be worried about UT as well. Dooley will win one this year he isnt suppose to. UT has nothing to lose. They will play lights out.I dont think they have enough talent to play with Bama but stranger things have happened.

uga hair and beard club

October 20th, 2010
8:28 am

Dennis Dodd at cbssports.com said yesterday: “The only thing outstanding these days in Athens, GA are the warrants.”

Tater Train

October 20th, 2010
8:30 am

Better Question: Is there any way that Boise can NOT go undefeated?

We are the biggest, baddest kids on the block and we’ll hammer anybody that gets in our way!

MURPHY

October 20th, 2010
8:30 am

Gen-Shanne

Meyer being on a losing streak and having a week off to prepare is scary

jeff

October 20th, 2010
8:32 am

bama dude–the cincy game was on the road for ou.

Tater Train

October 20th, 2010
8:33 am

OU is our beatch. Bring em on!

shane

October 20th, 2010
8:36 am

Murphy,

I agree Meyer will have them ready to play. I would be very surprised if UGA doesn’t get a big dose of Tebow Light. I would start the kid if I was him. The Brantley experiment has failed. Not a drop back friendly offense.