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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