Last week’s Auburn-Alabama classic is still fresh on everyone’s mind. Even with so many great games this weekend, the question in the back of everyone’s mind is still, “what are the chances of seeing Iron Bowl II in the BCS Championship?”
Well, they aren’t great. Currently atop the BCS standings are Florida State, followed by Ohio State, Auburn, Bama, and Missouri. The Seminoles are a massive favorite over Duke in the ACC Championship and the Buckeyes are also favored to beat Michigan State. In order for any of the trailing SEC teams to make the BCS Title game, one of the top two teams needs to lose. To see another Iron Bowl, we would first need to see an Auburn win over #5 Missouri. And if that does happen, we’d then need to see both Florida State and Ohio State lose.
With the unpredictability of the computers, I should make a note about another possibility, should both top teams fall. In that case, keep an eye on #6 Oklahoma State, who play #17 Oklahoma tomorrow. Should they win comfortably, they could even end up jumping Alabama in the standings.
Thursday afternoon brought us one of the strangest endings to a Heisman Trophy race that we’ve seen thus far. In a scheduled press conference, we learned that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston would not face charges after a sexual assault investigation. And with the only knock against him now out of the way, the path is cleared towards a second consecutive freshman winning college football’s most prestigious award.
It certainly is interesting how much the Heisman Trophy mirrors a race for political office nowadays. Winston will make the third consecutive winner to take the award in spite of off-the-field concerns. But as far as this year is concerned, it’s interesting to wonder what direction voters would have gone, had Winston been charged. Even the popular choice for second place, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, saw his first loss of the season tonight. Even though Winston seems relatively in the clear, the race for Heisman runner-up could be one of the closest ever.
#19 Louisville vs. Cincinnati (7:30pm, ESPN)*
Completely written off since their UCF loss, Louisville has gone unbeaten since.
Bowling Green vs. #14 Northern Illinois (8pm, ESPN2)**
Heartbreaking end to NIU’s BCS hopes, as well as Jordan Lynch’s Heisman campaign.
#17 Oklahoma vs. #6 Oklahoma State (12pm, ABC)
A BCS berth would be great for the Cowboys, but there’s still an outside chance at something even greater.
#16 UCF vs. SMU (12pm ,ESPN)
Amazingly enough, the Golden Knights can clinch a BCS bowl berth with a win.
#25 Texas vs. #9 Baylor (3:30pm, Fox)
If Oklahoma State falls, this will become the de facto Big 12 title game.
#5 Missouri vs. #3 Auburn (4pm, CBS)
Last week’s Iron Bowl classic gives us a different looking SEC Championship game. Winner could find themselves
#7 Stanford vs. #11 Arizona State (7:45pm, ABC)
At the beginning of the season, no one could’ve have predicted the Sun Devils in the Pac-12 Championship. But awaiting them is a very tough Stanford team.
#20 Duke vs. #1 Florida State (8pm, ESPN)
As a 29-point underdog, can the Blue Devils even keep it competitive?
#2 Ohio State vs. #10 Michigan State (8:17pm, Fox)
Michigan State is a worthy adversary for the Buckeyes, but can they find a way to slow down Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller?