And then there were three.
For the first time since the first weekend of this month, an unbeaten has gone down in flames, leaving just a trio of unbeatens heading into the final week of the season. Obviously, Boise State played the role of David being slain by David, falling in overtime on the road to No. 19 Nevada and leaving Oregon, Auburn and TCU as the lone teams with zero blemishes on the right side of the won/loss ledger.
The number of undefeated teams was almost sliced in half, of course, as the Auburn Tigers roared back from a 24-0 deficit — on the road, no less — to down bitter in-state rival Alabama in the 75th edition of the Iron Bowl. BcS No. 1 Oregon, while they got off to what’s become their patented ssslllooowww start, had little trouble handling Arizona in Autzen Stadium and rolled to a 19-point win.
TCU doesn’t play until later today, but, for the sake of discussion, we’re going to assume that they can handle the road “test” against 1-10 New Mexico in their regular-season finale. And, yes, we feel very, very comfortable making that assumption 13 or so hours ahead of the kickoff.
So, with one regular season game left for the Ducks, and the SEC title game the lone obstacle remaining for the Tigers, who ya got as you No. 1 team in the country? Did Auburn’s close call change your mind one way or the other? Did Oregon’s win over a ranked team do the same? Will TCU’s inevitable evisceration of the Lobos make any difference at all? Whatever the case, head on into the booth, close the curtain and tackle the polls, Chicago style.