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BCS Title Breakdown For Week 12

So now it’s Alabama and Florida State for the BCS title. 

That means undefeated Baylor and Ohio State could be left out in the cold to join 2004 Auburn as the only undefeated FBS teams to not play for the title. 

Unless something wacky happens.

And wacky always seems to happen in the BCS.  

That’s why, believe it or not, there are still eight teams alive for the BCS title. 

Which eight and what do they need to happen to play for the BCS title?

Read on. 

1. Alabama

Remaining schedule:

at Mississippi State

Chattanooga

at Auburn

SEC title game vs. Missouri, South Carolina, or Georgia

Road to the BCS title game: Win out and the Tide’s rolling to Pasadena. 

2. Florida State

Remaining schedule:

Syracuse

Idaho

at Florida

ACC title game vs. a very mediocre opponent

Road to the BCS title game: Win out and the Seminoles will be in Pasadena. 

3. Baylor

Remaining schedule:

Texas Tech

at Oklahoma State

at TCU

Texas

Road to the BCS title game: Win out and have Alabama or Florida State lose. Yes, Baylor will definitely pass Ohio State. It’s already nearly happened in the polls. The computers will fall in love with the Bears if they run the table against these final four opponents. 

This is the last easy call.   

4. Ohio State

Remaining schedule:

at Illinois

Indiana

at Michigan

Big Ten Title game

Road to the BCS: Win out and have two of the three teams lose between Alabama, FSU, and Baylor. The Buckeyes need to play a 11-1 Michigan State in the Big Title game. Otherwise Ohio State might play just one top 25 opponent in the final BCS standings. No team that I’m aware of has ever played for the BCS title with that weak of a schedule. The Big Ten is just awful. That’s why Ohio State had better hope that one of the two teams above them that loses isn’t Alabama. Because a one loss Alabama, Mizzou or Auburn team might very well jump Ohio State. 

5. Missouri

Remaining schedule:

at Ole Miss

Texas A&M

SEC title game?

Road to the BCS: Win out and then beat Alabama in the SEC title game. Then Mizzou would need FSU or Baylor to lose. Could 12-1 Mizzou jump Ohio State? It’s certainly possible. A 12-1 Mizzou team would have wins over Alabama and Texas A&M and the lone loss would be in overtime against top ten South Carolina. That’s a better resume than a 13-0 Ohio State which might only boast one top 25 BCS win. 

6. Auburn

Remaining schedule:

Georgia

Alabama

SEC title game?

Road to the BCS: Win out and beat Mizzou or South Carolina in the SEC title game. Then Auburn would need FSU or Baylor to lose. Could 12-1 Auburn jump Ohio State? It’s certainly possible. A 12-1 Auburn team would have wins over Alabama, Texas A&M, and either Mizzou or South Carolina in the SEC title game. The lone loss would be on the road in September at LSU. That’s a better resume than 13-0 Ohio State.  

7. Stanford

Remaining schedule:

at USC

California

Notre Dame

Pac 12 title game

Road to the BCS title: Win out and hope that Florida State, Baylor, and Ohio State all lose. A one-loss Alabama would still be ranked above Stanford.

8. Oregon

Remaining schedule:

Utah

at Arizona

Oregon State

Pac 12 title game?

Road to the BCS title: Win out with a Stanford loss. The best case scenario for Oregon would be a Stanford loss to USC this weekend, because then the Ducks could still win the Pac 12 North simply by winning their final three games. Then the Ducks would need FSU, Baylor and Ohio State to all lose. A one-loss Alabama would still be ranked above Oregon. 

Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.