There simply wasn’t a lot that happened in college football this weekend to change the BCS standings in any significant way. The nation’s top three teams — Oregon, Auburn and TCU — had a bye.
Judas Boise State had another opportunity to demonstrate on national television why they deserve to be in the BCS discussion and the Broncos did just that by pounding a good Fresno State team 51-0.
The Broncos are also making a late-season surge. A win over No. 19 Nevada could propel Boise over TCU, who finishes the season against the hapless Lobos of New Mexico. As far as best wins go, Virginia Tech has now officially won the ACC Coastal, giving Boise State a clear edge in that department.
At this point, the nation’s top two Non-AQ teams are anxiously waiting in the wings. While it would be wrong to just assume that Boise State and TCU will win out, you have to think that their best football will be played over the course of the next two weeks as each team hopes and prays that either Oregon or Auburn slips up.
Clearly, most would assume that chance would come from Auburn. The Tigers have to go to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama on Friday who, oh yeah, by the way, is the defending national champion.
But, Oregon isn’t out of the woods yet, either. Arizona goes to Autzen Stadium as a Top-25 team and the Ducks finish the season at Oregon State, who just laid a licking on USC. If there’s one thing Oregon State would love more than anything, it would be to destroy Oregon’s national championship hopes.
It’s hard to imagine a one-loss team jumping either Non-AQ at this point, especially when you consider that two them — Stanford and LSU — aren’t even leading their conference (a great point brought up by some readers). Then again, it is the BCS and, within the system, we’ve learned it’s better to lose early than late.