An LSU-Alabama rematch isn't far-fetched. With losses by Boise State and Stanford, Oklahoma State is the only team standing in the way, and its Dec. 3 matchup against Oklahoma is key to an all-SEC BCS national championship game.

Don't count out Oregon, Oklahoma or Arkansas either. The scenarios would require Stephen Hawking to break down, but losses by Oklahoma State, LSU and Alabama would make the BCS very interesting.


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Georgia could be peaking at the right time. After opening with losses to Boise State and South Carolina, the Bulldogs have won eight straight and control their destiny in the SEC East.

Clemson's journey to the ACC title game is nothing short of amazing. Not expected to contend for an ACC title, the Tigers have won despite an average defense — ranked 59th in the nation — in part because of quarterback Tajh Boyd, an explosive offense and great special teams.

This isn't Texas A&M's season. The Aggies started as a top 10 pick, but their four-overtime loss to Kansas State on Saturday was the fourth game this season in which they led or were tied at the half but lost.

The Big East could send another three-loss team to the BCS. Cincinnati, which leads the conference, lost its second game of the season. With three games left, the Bearcats control their BCS destiny, but another loss isn't out of the question.

Wisconsin is not out of the Big Ten title-game picture. After their Week 9 loss to Ohio State, the Badgers figured to be out of the championship talk. But with Penn State reeling from off-the-field issues, Wisconsin could win the Leaders Division and earn a rematch with Michigan State.

USC would love to play spoiler. NCAA sanctions will keep the Trojans from winning the Pac-12 South title and playing in a bowl, but that won't stop them from trying to ruin someone else's chances, including Oregon and UCLA in the coming weeks.

Andrew Luck is mortal. The Stanford quarterback was a sure bet to win the Heisman Trophy but has struggled in recent weeks, throwing four interceptions in the last three games, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

Kicking game dooms Boise State — again. For the second straight season, the Broncos relied on a field goal to salvage their BCS title-game hopes, only to see them dashed. TCU rallied twice in the second half, went for a two-point conversion and went on to win.

mmurschel@tribune.com