With the undefeated teams of the six major BCS conferences still pulling away victories, it is anybody’s guess who takes home the silver football in Pasadena in two months. And while all of these unbeaten teams from different conferences is good for the welfare of college football, it almost guarantees that someone is going to end up whining to the BCS when bowl season arrives. Now that we have the ‘Final Four’ left heading the top of the latest poll, let’s take a look and evaluate each of their chances at a national championship.
1. Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) — Remaining Opponents: vs #13 LSU, @ Mississippi State, vs Chattanooga, @ #9 Auburn
The Tide have breezed through the first two-thirds of their easy schedule unscathed, winning seven of eight by more than 24 points and not allowing more than ten points in all but one game. In November, however, Alabama will battle top-15 teams in LSU and Auburn. If they win out and reach 12-0, the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta will be their last test before the National Title Game. If Saban’s Crimson Tide win out, then there is no denying their spot in Pasadena to play for a national title.
2. Oregon (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) — Remaining Opponents: @ #5 Stanford, vs Utah, @ Arizona, vs Oregon State
Like Alabama, Oregon has taken care of every opponent so far on their schedule, beating every foe by at least 21 points. Their biggest test left is at top-5 Stanford on Thursday night, a must win for their title hopes. But unlike ‘Bama, a 13-0 Ducks squad has no guarantee of earning the right to play to their school’s first national championship.
3. Florida State (8-0, 6-0 ACC) — Remaining Opponents: @ Wake Forest, vs Syracuse, vs Idaho, @ Florida
FSU, a team who has already destroyed their two top-ten opponents this year, will most likely reach 13-0, barring an upset against either Florida or in the ACC Title Game. Even if the ‘Noles win these five games, their best shot at the title is by way of an Alabama or Oregon upset.
4. Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) — Remaining Opponents: @ Illinois, vs Indiana, @ Michigan
Despite reaching 9-0 and winning their last 21 games stretching back to 2011, the Buckeyes may still be without a national title in 2013. And unfortunately for the Ohio State faithful, all they can do is watch and wait, hoping for two of the top three to lose before bowl season rolls around.
Only one thing is for sure right now: Someone will go home unhappy, and that there will be controversy. But after it is all said and done, the college football playoff arriving in 2014 will be much-anticipated.