BlogPoll Ballot Week 12: And Then There Were Two

As always, this is neither a power poll nor a predictor of future success.

* Right now, BCS supporters must be pretty happy.  They have two undefeated teams (and Houston, which we'll get to) that have been playing great, entertaining football for the entire season.  To make it even more exciting, Les Miles used to coach at Oklahoma State before moving down to the bayou.  It's a perfect, compelling matchup...

...but there is so much danger to those that somehow think this terrible system works.  The easy one is just for Oklahoma State to lose to Oklahoma, a task they've not done since 2002.  If there was a year for this to happen, it's this one, as injuries pile up for the Sooners and the Pokes' offense goes nuclear week in and week out.  But it's possible.  Then there's the nuclear scenario: LSU loses to Arkansas.

"Oh, not happening!" you say, but recent history suggests otherwise.  The Razorbacks have won three out of the last four against LSU, with the last three Tiger wins coming by 3, 5 and 2 points.  The LSU secondary is filthy, but if you're going to go at it, it helps to have Bobby Petrino behind the controls of your offense.  Arkansas wasn't quite ready for Alabama in September and struggled to stay at one loss for most of October, but it's possible.

With no ill will meant towards either the Bayou Bengals or Cowboys, I'll be hoping for them each to drop a game, just to make the few remaining BCS supporters feel even more alone on an island. 

* I'm all for treating the smaller conference teams with respect (sorry, Boise - you'd think of all the teams in the country, they would try to score the go-ahead touchdown), but Houston being mentioned as a BCS team is a joke.  Sagarin has their schedule at 123.  That means there are Division I-AA teams with tougher schedules than the Cougars.  There are a few opportunities for them to impress with somewhat legitimate wins, with Tulsa and a C-USA title game against Southern Miss, but there's just not enough there.  If they end up playing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, I hope Case Keenum gets his last rites before kickoff.

* The best two-loss teams in the country are Georgia, USC and Kansas State.  The Big Ten are an unmitigated mess and I hate them all.  I'm not sure why Florida State is being ranked, as their best win is Miami and their next-best win is...Boston College?  Duke?  NC State?  It's not good. 

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