Undefeateds could spark BCS chaos
We asked columnists Pat Forde, Ivan Maisel and Mark Schlabach to gaze into their crystal ball and predict what the second half of the season holds. Will there be BCS chaos in December?
For a conference-by conference look at the season's second act, check out our bloggers' takes.
Bold prediction for the second half of the season?
Schlabach: We'll have more than two undefeated teams -- LSU or Alabama, Oklahoma or Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, Boise State and maybe even Clemson -- and the cry for a national playoff will be louder than ever.
Maisel: Stanford and Wisconsin will finish undefeated and play each other in the Rose Bowl. Watch the BCS explode! Watch the heads of Jim Delany and Larry Scott explode!
What are you most looking forward to in the next six weeks?
Forde: I'm hoping for anywhere from three to six unbeaten teams creating a total BCS meltdown that sparks coast-to-coast outrage and the strongest push yet for a playoff. Or, perhaps even better, two or more unbeaten teams and an SEC champion with one loss. Sort that one out, BCS.
Maisel: We have 13 undefeated teams from seven conferences jockeying for position, and we have nine viable Heisman candidates doing the same.
Schlabach: When No. 1 LSU plays No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Nov. 5. Leave the women and children at home. This one is going to be a black-and-blue slugfest.
What are the most interesting or impactful games -- not including LSU-Alabama?
Clemson at Georgia Tech, Oct. 29
Maisel: Two surprise undefeated teams playing with a spot in the BCS standings at stake in the first of what may be two meetings.
Oregon at Stanford, Nov. 12
Forde: The Cardinal have lost just one game in the last year and a half, and it was to the Ducks. Oregon went to the BCS Championship Game off that victory. Could Stanford get payback and replicate the same formula? Who wouldn't like to see Andrew Luck versus an LSU or Alabama defense?
Wisconsin at Illinois, Nov. 19
Schlabach: It's probably the biggest challenge left for the high-scoring Badgers, and the Leaders Division might still be at stake.
Arkansas at LSU, Nov. 25
Forde: Last five have been decided by a total of 19 points. Two have gone into overtime. And a lot could be at stake.
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, Dec. 3
Schlabach: There will truly be bedlam in Stillwater, Okla., if both teams remain unscathed until their regular-season finale.
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