SEC 1-2-3, But Not For Long

SEC 1-2-3, But Not For Long
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    LSU, Alabama and Arkansas are the top three college football teams in the nation, the first time since the old "Big Eight" Conference had three of its member in the top 3 at some point in the season.

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Likely, the rankings will be shaken up once again next weekend as #1 LSU hosts #3 Arkansas. However, if the Razorbacks surprise the Tigers, then these two teams could trade places unless the Crimson Tide is voted the top team in the nation.

Championship Material

What does all of this mean? Well, for starters the SEC continues it dominance of college football. Having won the past four national championships, another SEC team is likely to get a shot at the big game again this year. Also, there is a chance that two SEC teams could play for the national championship, but there are a few very good teams just behind the top three that could move up.

Thanksgiving weekend will be the final games for many teams, with some games to be played the first weekend in December, including conference title games. The bowl schedule will quickly fill out following next week’s action, although the top tier bowls will wait until after the title games have been decided and the final BCS standings are tabulated. BYU, now an independent, is one of the first schools to accept a bowl invite and will play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on December 30 in Dallas. That early invite and acceptance gives the Cougars what they wanted — a convenient to get to bowl game at a desirable date after Christmas.

Big East Conference

The Big East Conference will be sending someone to play in the Orange Bowl in Miami to face off against an ACC team. Trouble is, there are five teams in the league who have a shot at the game — West Virginia, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Louisville and Pittsburgh. Not a single BE team is currently nationally ranked which means that whoever makes the cut could have a record as poor as 7-5. This reflects poorly on a league that is bleeding team members is no longer competitive nationally. Still, whoever wins the BE championship after tiebreakers will get to go to a first class bowl game.

If you’re looking for hot games to watch this weekend there will be many including some important regional rivalries. On Thanksgiving Day, Texas A&M takes on Texas, in the sole college football match up. On Friday, Houston and Tulsa do battle for the Conference USA West title, with the winner meeting Southern Miss for the conference championship in December. Houston is ranked #8 in the nation and will be assured of a BCS bowl if they win out. Arkansas at LSU and Pittsburgh at West Virginia round out Friday’s action.

Saturday Contests

On Saturday, several important contests will take place. Georgia, ranked #13 will take on #23 Georgia Tech at noon and Ohio State meets #15 Michigan. Second-ranked Alabama meets #24 Auburn and #19 Penn State plays at #16 Wisconsin. In the evening, the battle for South Carolina takes place when #17 Clemson travels to Columbia to take on #12 South Carolina. The evening and weekend wraps up with an 8 p.m. (EST) contest with #22 Notre Dame playing at #6 Stanford. Oh, lest I forget #18 USC will host UCLA. at 10 p.m. (7 p.m. PCT).

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