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LSU-Alabama was typical SEC football. Critics claimed it wasn't very exciting, but Saturday night's "Game of the Century" was just what SEC fans expected from these teams: defense. It took special team miscues by Alabama to wrap up the game for LSU.

Let's forget the rematch talk. Right after the game, people were talking about a possible LSU-Alabama BCS title game. Can we put that to rest? Putting one-loss Alabama over an undefeated team would do more damage to the BCS and increase the clamor for a playoff system.

Oklahoma State is the real thing. The Cowboys proved they should be considered for a shot at the BCS championship. With three wins over ranked teams this season, Oklahoma State only needs to get past Oklahoma on Dec.3.

Case Keenum and Kellen Moore continue to shine. Both quarterbacks had record-setting days on Saturday with Keenum becoming the NCAA's career leader in passing yards and Moore becoming the winningest quarterback in NCAA history. Best of all, they are leading their teams in undefeated seasons.

Stanford is set for its showdown with Oregon. It may not have the hype of the "Game of the Century," but Stanford's national title hopes rest on beating the Ducks at home this weekend. The game could also cement Andrew Luck as this season's Heisman Trophy winner.

South Carolina is in serious trouble. A disappointing loss to Arkansas dropped the Gamecocks behind Georgia in the SEC East. With only Florida left on the conference schedule, to defend its division title Steve Spurrier's bunch needs Georgia to stumble.

Rick Neuheisel's seat got a little cooler. UCLA's fourth-year coach has been on the hot seat most of this season, but a huge win over division leader Arizona State puts the Bruins in the driver's seat for the Pac-12 South title.

Florida continues to be a rebuilding project. The Gators are only three years removed from their last national title, but my, how they have fallen. New coach Will Muschamp is struggling to find consistency with a very young team.

The Big East isn't as bad as it looks. Cincinnati leads the league at 7-1, and a 10-win season isn't out of the question. The conference could have as many as seven bowl-eligible teams at the end of the season.

Don't overlook Iowa. The Hawkeyes shook off last week's disappointing loss to Minnesota to beat a ranked Michigan team. Iowa now controls its destiny in the Big Ten's Legends Division with games against Michigan State and Nebraska left on the schedule.

mmurschel@tribune.com

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