Is the SEC’s Reign of Terror Over?

Is the SEC’s Reign of Terror Over?

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When it comes to college football, the Southeastern Conference tops them all. Winners of six consecutive Bowl Championship Series titles, the SEC has kept its “reign of terror” in tact. This year, however, the odds are finally turning where two teams not from this conference could very well meet in January to decide the championship. Then again, the SEC is so strong that a one-loss Alabama or other squad could end up in the BCS again.

Let’s take a look at the prospects of the top teams at this juncture in the college football season:

1. Kansas State — Week in and week out, the doubters say that Kansas State will lose. Each week, the Wildcats make a big statement and now they’re the No. 1 team in the land. Baylor and Texas are all that K-State have left on its schedule — there will be no Big 12 championship game this year. Baylor should not be overlooked and Texas will present a major challenge, but the Longhorns are at home and the Wildcats will have two weeks to prepare for this season-ending Dec. 1 contest.

2. Oregon — The Ducks picked apart California 59 to 17 on Saturday, as the nation’s top-scoring offense administered yet another beat down. Two huge obstacles are in the way before Oregon can claim the Pac 12 North title: Stanford and Oregon State. The Cardinal are at home and won’t be a push over. The Beavers have everything to gain and nothing to lose if they pluck the Ducks. Win out and take the Pac 12 championship and the Ducks will play for the BCS.

3. Notre Dame — Sorry, Fighting Irish fans, but your team won’t be playing for the BCS title this year. Although currently ranked No. 3, Notre Dame won’t get in if K-State and Oregon go undefeated. Moreover, USC is a huge obstacle and could be smarting from a loss to UCLA before facing the Irish. True, Notre Dame might just as easily finish the season without a loss, but an SEC team may outscore it once the final BCS numbers are tallied.

4. The SEC — Alabama lost at home to Texas A&M this past Saturday and is now ranked No. 4. If you look at the BCS standings, positions 5 through 9 are also occupied by SEC teams. That means there are 6 teams from this conference that have an excellent chance of moving up. There are too many scenarios here to wade through, but the Tide will represent the SEC West against Georgia or Florida for the SEC championship. A 12-1 Tide team could find its way playing for the BCS if one of the top three teams stumbles.

Football Notes

It will be another two years before the current post-season arrangement expands to four teams. Should the season end with three unbeaten teams, one team will be left out in the cold adding more fuel to the post-season drama. This year, the SEC’s reign may very well come to an end, demonstrating that a handful of teams from outside of the southeast have the chops to win it all.

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