LSU's pathway to the Allstate BCS National Championship Game looks a lot less menacing after the Tigers' 9-6 overtime victory at Alabama on Saturday night.
To nobody's surprise, LSU remained No. 1 in the latest BCS standings, released Sunday night, and would play No. 2 Oklahoma State if the championship game were played today.
The real news to come out of Sunday's BCS standings, at least from the SEC perspective, was that Alabama only dropped one place, from No. 2 to No. 3, and remained ahead of unbeaten Stanford, which was No. 4, and unbeaten Boise State, which was No. 5.
Can anybody say ... rematch?
It's looking more and more possible, particularly if Oklahoma State and Stanford both stumble. Even though Alabama is ahead of Stanford right now, the Cardinal would probably move ahead of the Crimson Tide if they can beat Oregon on Saturday.
Alabama is being helped with a No. 3 ranking by the computers. By contrast, Stanford is No. 7, according to the computers.
The door is also cracked for Arkansas, which dropped a spot to No. 8. But if the Razorbacks can win at home the next two weeks against Tennessee and Mississippi State and then knock off LSU in Baton Rouge the final weekend of the regular season, you'd have to think the Hogs would be one of the fastest risers in the BCS standings. They would certainly move into the top 5, but might have too many teams to climb over to move all the way into one of those top two spots.