...and already the BCS is turned on its head again. Iowa State stunned No. 2 Oklahoma State 37-31 in double OT and knocked the Cowboys from the ranks of the unbeaten. It was the biggest late-season loss by a top two team since Pitt decked West Virginia in 2007. That year, No. 1 and No. 2 both lost on each of the last two weeks of the season. That Pitt team's defense was lead by coordinator Paul Rhoads, now the Cyclones coach.
Now, if LSU wins out, it will surely face a one-loss team, and today, it's a little more likely that team will be one it already defeated.
Alabama and Oregon are the next two teams in line in the BCS standings, and assuming both win today, you'll probably see Alabama at No. 2 this week, but it's not a given they'll stay there. Voters like conference champions, and as things stand now, Alabama isn't going to win the SEC, but nobody else has won a conference championship yet either.
On the last day of 2006, Florida jumped Michigan after it won the SEC title. On the last day of 2011, Alabama could get jumped by Oregon because it wins the Pac-12 title. Or maybe even the Bedlam winner. Or, maybe Georgia, even with its two losses.
Oh, you don't think that Georgia can make that move? In 2007, LSU jumped from seventh to second on the final day of the season after winning the SEC championship over Tennessee. They moved past the former No. 1 and No. 2 teams, both of which lost, the No. 6 team, Virginia Tech, which won the ACC that day, and No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Kansas, neither of which played in their conference title games. One difference though is that LSU ended with the best record of any SEC team that year.
The point is that unless something changes, Alabama is not playing football the last weekend of the season, and that can hurt them.
And everything I just wrote could get blown up before the ink dries because Saturday hasn't even happened yet. Gotta love the BCS.