Sunday, November 27, 2011
SEC BCS standings reaction
By Edward Aschoff
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Well, it looks like The Rematch is a go.
With LSU and Alabama dominating over the weekend, both are on a collision course to meet each other in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game.
LSU's 41-17 win over then-No. 3 Arkansas made the Tigers the unanimous No. 1 team in both the coaches poll and the Harris poll. Alabama's 42-14 win over Auburn made the Crimson Tide the clear No. 2, as well.
With the lead LSU and Alabama have over No. 3 Oklahoma State, it looks like even if LSU were to lose to Georgia, which ranks 14th in the BCS standings, in the SEC title game Saturday, the Tigers and Tide would still meet in the BCS title game in New Orleans. Barring a total blowout by Georgia, LSU won't be moving any lower than second in the BCS standings.
What seemed like a pipe dream after the first few weeks of the season is very much a reality. And the SEC could still get three teams in the BCS.
Despite the two-teams-per-conference rule in the BCS, the SEC could make history if Georgia were to beat LSU. If it isn't a blowout, Alabama would likely move to No. 1 in the standings and LSU would drop to just second. Georgia would then get the automatic bid to the Allstate Sugar Bowl as the SEC representative.
That would leave Alabama and LSU in the national title game.
I can only imagine what SEC commissioner Mike Slive is privately rooting for.
Even if Oklahoma State were to beat Oklahoma soundly, the Cowboys wouldn't likely get enough help in the polls to push them past LSU, if the Tigers lose to Georgia.
Stanford is out, considering it won't be in the inaugural Pac-12 championship, and Virginia Tech just doesn't have enough help in the computers to leap ahead with a win in the ACC championship game.
The fact of the matter is that unless LSU is totally manhandled by Georgia and voters decide to harshly react to that, we are set to see an all-SEC national title game, meaning the SEC will win its sixth straight national title.
But there is a silver lining for those sick of all this SEC talk ... At least the SEC will actually lose in the title game this time around.