For those few members here who follow college football (and comment in the chat box), this season has been a fun ride, with number 1 teams rising and falling each week for some time now. After 8 weeks of play, we are down to seven unbeaten teams and the big question about Boise St. remains to be answered. Will the insane methodology of the BCS allow a non-BCS member to play in the title game? My guess is no.
At the moment, the AP poll has Boise St ranked #2, but their strength of schedule is easily the weakest of all the undefeated teams left in the country. They should remain undefeated the rest of the way, but I suspect their rankings both in the AP and in the BCS will start to slip.
Considering the rest of the undefeated teams, TCU and Utah have the weakest remaining schedules, except for one glaring problem…they play each other in a couple of weeks. One of those should remain undefeated the rest of the regular season, but neither really have a shot at the title game.
Missouri and Michigan State are the two big surprises for the year, and Missouri’s upset of Oklahoma yesterday was one of the biggest shell shockers of the year. Both these schools have a good chance to go undefeated, with Michigan State’ s biggest test coming at Iowa, and Missouri facing Nebraska next week. If either of these teams go undefeated for the year, I suspect the BCS may rank them ahead of Boise St. (pure speculation at this point of course )
Auburn has proved to be a contender for the national crown, but they have to face Alabama in the last week of the regular season. I predict they lose that game and put themselves out of contention for the BCS title game. If Alabama can come through with just one loss, I look for them to make the championship, even ahead of undefeated teams.
And finally, the #1 team at the moment is Oregon. They probably have the toughest schedule left of any of the undefeated teams. Five games left, with potential upsets from any of those, (Washington may be the weakest opponent for them). If Oregon makes it through unscathed, they are a lock for the title game.
This season has been very entertaining, and should be just as good down the stretch.