Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Poll: The SEC's second BCS bowl team
By Chris Low
With its 21-17 escape at LSU last weekend, No. 1 Alabama moved a step closer to the Discover BCS National Championship Game.
The Crimson Tide still have some tough challenges remaining, starting with No. 15 Texas A&M this Saturday in Tuscaloosa. It also looks like No. 5 Georgia would be their opposition in the SEC championship game.
It's a virtual lock that the SEC will get two teams in BCS bowls. So if Alabama is indeed headed to the BCS National Championship Game, who's going to get that second BCS bowl berth?
Depending on what happens the rest of the way, you could make a case for five teams -- Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M.
For the Aggies to have a shot, they would need to upset Alabama this weekend and knock the Crimson Tide out of the national title picture. Such a win would vault Texas A&M up in the rankings and BCS standings, and at 10-2, the Aggies would at least be in the conversation for an at-large BCS bowl berth. In that scenario, the SEC champion would play in the Sugar Bowl if the league is shut out of the national title game, but a second SEC team would almost certainly get an at-large invite to a BCS bowl.
We'll rely on you to tell us who that second team will be in our SportsNation poll. So cast your votes, and we'll tally them later this week. After all, it is Election Day.
Florida has a great chance if the Gators can win out and finish at 11-1, and the Sugar Bowl would also be very interested in a top-10 LSU team that finishes 10-2.
The SEC championship game loser is sometimes at a disadvantage. But if the Bulldogs were to lose a close one to Alabama, they would still be very attractive if they finish 11-2. South Carolina probably needs a few of its SEC brethren to lose, but the Gamecocks could make a big statement with a win over a top-10 Clemson team to finish the season at 10-2.
So whether Alabama does or doesn't make it to the big game, there's still plenty to play for in the upper echelon of the SEC these next three or four weeks.