Before I get to the few games that matter this week, there have been some rumored changes being considered for the BCS, each of which have the affect of removing AQ status from league champions and others. The first proprosal simply does away with AQ status, and the top 10 teams in the BCS ratings play in the BCS games. The more recent proposal says that the BCS would only manage a 1 vs 2 game and leave the other bowls to their own devices.
I can't imagine anyone liking the first proposal except the SEC, which is probably arrogant enough to think it will always have a top ten team (ok, it always has had a top ten team, so maybe that's not arrogance).
That second proposal, you may notice, is a step away from a playoff, not toward one. It's essentially the way things used to be, except for the addition of a 1 vs 2 game. The Big Ten (who reportedly proposed it) and SEC would be the only leagues in favor of this because it would remove the restriction on how many teams from one conference could go to a big bowl game. We do know how many would go from the non-major conferences: zero. Heck, throw the ACC and Big East in there too.
So, I think it's safe to say neither proposal seems very likely to pass.
On to this week's games. It's a relatively quiet week, especially for mid-November.
USC at Oregon -- The Ducks need to avoid a letdown after the big win over Stanford, but this program has been on the big stage before and should be able to do that. The Trojans' speed may make this a tougher matchup that Stanford was for the Ducks.
Oklahoma at Baylor -- Before the Bedlam, there is still the matter of containing RG3.
Nebraska at Michigan -- A spot in the Fiesta Bowl could be at stake for the winner.
Penn State at Ohio State -- The Nits lead in the Big Ten's Leaders division is now tenuous at best.
Cincinnati at Rutgers -- The Bearcats were in firm control of the Big East until last week's loss to West Virginia, which also cost them the services of QB Zach Collaros. They still have a one-game lead, but five teams are on their heels, including the Scarlet Knights.