(1) The SEC run of six straight BCS championships is in jeopardy of coming to an end this year. Alabama was #1 in the polls for most of the season, but was upset last weekend by Texas A&M and their quarterback Johnny Manziel. Nicknamed “Johnny Football”, this talented freshman went into Tuscaloosa and racked up 345 yards of total offense against one of the stingiest defenses in the country. With the loss, Alabama dropped to #4 in the standings and is a long shot to jump back into the top two. Even though the SEC currently has the 4-9 spots of the BCS rankings, only #1 and #2 matter when the season ends.
(2) We’ve got three very talented teams battling for the top two spots. Kansas State is in the driver’s seat at #1, and has a remaining game against a ranked Texas team. If Kansas State wins out, they should be ranked no lower than #2. Oregon, with Chip Kelly’s top scoring collegiate offense, is sitting in the #2 spot. They have two remaining games against ranked opponents, and then the Pac 12 title game, which should also be against a ranked USC or UCLA. It’s hard to imagine them dropping from their position if they win out. That leaves Notre Dame at #3. The Fighting Irish are enjoying their best season since 1988, when Lou Holtz was at the helm. However, unlike 1988, the Fighting Irish are currently on the outside looking in. They have to pass either Kansas State or Oregon to get to the national championship game. With only one game remaining against a ranked opponent (USC), they need help to get into the second spot.
While I personally dislike the BCS system, and am a huge proponent of a playoff system (8 team if I had my way), I am very intrigued to watch the final few weeks of the college football season play out. Best of luck to the undefeated teams, as well as those with the opportunity to play spoiler down the stretch. Regardless of who wins, I just want to see good football.