With November approaching, the BCS picture is starting to take shape. The usual suspects are lingering around the top of the rankings, staking their claim with each decisive victory.
Let the game of leapfrog begin. By virtue of its impressive victory in Death Valley a couple of weeks ago against Clemson, Florida State opened up the BCS rankings in second place behind two-time defending champion Alabama. Despite another lopsided win, this time over North Carolina State (49-17), the Seminoles fell to third in the rankings, as the second spot now belongs to the Oregon Ducks. After a slow start against UCLA, the Ducks turned on the jets in the second half and ran away from the Bruins in a 42-14 romp.
The Ducks are idle this week and provided Florida State does to No. 7 Miami (Fla.) what it has done to pretty much everyone else this season, the Seminoles will likely take over the coveted second slot in the third edition of the BCS rankings next Sunday.
Oregon will close out the season with Stanford, Utah, Arizona, Oregon State and then perhaps an additional showdown with a quality opponent in the Pac-12 Championship Game. The strength of schedule should find the Ducks back in the No. 2 slot heading down the stretch if they continue to win games.
Meanwhile the Seminoles follow the clash with Miami by playing Wake Forest, Syracuse, Idaho and a currently unranked Florida squad. The best case scenario in Tallahassee sees the Seminoles take on Miami again in the ACC Championship Game, but that probably won’t be enough to overcome the Ducks for that No. 2 slot.
But we expect that Alabama will lose before the season is over. They face an always tough LSU team at home this week, then it is at Mississippi State, back home to face Chattanooga and the big season finale on the road against rival Auburn.
So, if and it is a big if Alabama can go through the SEC undefeated they then still will face at this point either it would be either Missouri or South Carolina. Either are playing well enough to give Bama a tough game and even beat them.
If both FSU and Oregon can win out then I think you are looking at the BCS Championship game this year to be played January 6th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.