COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S TITLE PICTURE STILL MURKY
October 24, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The first BCS rankings came out this week and now teams can begin realizing if they have a chance to play for a national championship. Right now Alabama and Florida State are the front runners, but one slip in the next six to seven weeks and the dream could be over. So what has to happen to keep the Tide and Seminoles on track and who is waiting for them to fall?
Alabama played for the championship last year despite a regular season loss, this year could be a different story. The Tide still have some tough dates remaining including road games at Mississippi State and Auburn and home games against upset minded Tennessee and SEC rival LSU. And don’t forget the SEC championship game if Alabama wins their division.
As for Florida State, there are six games remaining, which is plenty of time for a slip-up. The Seminoles should beat NC State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Idaho. A November 2nd date against Miami and a trip to Florida on November 30th will be huge games.
So what about Oregon? The Ducks have been pounding opponents and still didn’t get enough respect to be voted behind Alabama in the BCS rankings. How would you like to be the five remaining opponents on their schedule? It won’t be easy for Oregon but they should win out with the next two games being the biggest hurdles…against UCLA Friday night at home and then a trip to Stanford November 7th. Utah, Arizona and Oregon State are the remaining three games.
So what about Ohio State and Missouri? The Buckeyes haven’t lost yet under Urban Meyer in his two seasons in Columbus. They are now waiting for Alabama, Florida State or Oregon to make a mistake. The Buckeyes can very well finish undefeated and watch from the sidelines. Penn State, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan remain on the Ohio State schedule.
Missouri is currently ranked 5th in the BCS standings but one loss will put them out of the title race. They have South Carolina this Saturday and Texas A&M on November 30th as its toughest games. The other three games include Tennessee, Ole Miss and Kentucky. If they win out, there is a possible date with Alabama in the SEC championship game.
There are other teams still looking to get a shot at the crystal football including Stanford who is 6th in the BCS standings at 6-1, but Oregon is standing in their way. Miami, Baylor and Texas Tech are all undefeated but may have to clear too many hurdles to get a serious chance to play for the title, but a lot can happen in seven weeks. Stay tuned!!