As if college football's version of the national championship isn't already screwed up enough, I now present the scenario that once and for all causes the BCS computer to melt down beyond future repair:
Right now the 1-2-3 ranked teams all come from the SEC. #1. LSU defeated #2. Alabama in the most boring game of the year, exposing both teams superb defenses but weak offenses. No one outside Baton Rouge or Tuscaloosa wants to see a replay of this game in the BCS. Alabama soundly defeated #3 Arkansas 38-24, which again makes a replay of this game only slightly more interesting than LSU-Alabama.
Now let's throw the real curve balls into the mix: First, let's say Arkansas defeats LSU this week, leaving the 1-3 teams each with one loss to another of those same 3 teams. Despite this Ark. gets to play for the SEC championship. Let's again assume Ark. loses to Georgia in that game. Now Ark. has 2 losses and Georgia is the SEC champ. Meanwhile LSU ends the season with one loss, while Alabama still has to beat Auburn, a likely but not certain result. Let's assume Alabama and LSU both end up with one loss, they'll probably still be ranked at the top, but again almost no one wants to see them meet again in the BCS, and especially now that neither team is even SEC champ. Georgia, with 2 losses is out of the BCS title picture, leaving a team that couldn't even win its conf. may get a shot at the title.
Now let's look at the other contenders. Assume Stanford beats Notre Dame (and does so convincingly). Stanford ends up with 1 loss, just like LSU and Alabama.
Okla. State is still in the mix if it wins this week, but let's now also assume Oklahoma defeats Okla. State in their matchup. Both teams will wind up with 2 losses, and out of BCS contention.
Houston still remains with slight hopes if it wins out, a likely scenario.
Boise State is likely to beat Wyoming and UNM in the next 2 weeks so the Broncos also finish with 1 loss.
Virginia Tech will probably defeat UVA this week so the Hokies also finish with 1 loss, to Clemson.
This leaves Houston as the only undefeated team, LSU, Alabama, Stanford, Boise State and VA Tech with one loss. Who gets ranked where? The obvious choice for the BCS game should be Alabama-Houston when LSU drops below Alabama after its loss (this then robs LSU of a shot despite its win over Alabama and a finish with the same record). However Houston probably doesn't get a shot as it doesn't move up high enough in the rankings. That leaves Stanford vs. Alabama, a pretty decent matchup. However, Stanford has no greater claim to the title game than BSU (BSU lost because of one missed FG, while Stanford's was a sound defeat by Oregon), or VA Tech (whose sole loss was to a then highly touted Clemson team).
The likely outcome: Alabama beats Stanford in the BCS game, and the Tide is named "champion." But let's say LSU plays BSU or VA Tech in another of the major bowl games, and LSU wins. Alabama can't really be touted as the best team in the nation when LSU beat the Tide as well as another top ranked opponent. Meanwhile, assume that Houston wins its major bowl game to finish undefeated. The Cougars would have to be given much consideration as champion, probably splitting the polls.
And to create total chaos: What if, both LSU and Alabama lose to Stanford, BSU or VA Tech, while Houston wins against some other lesser opponent (probably Oregon or Michigan State). There could potentially be a three team split of coaches and AP votes, with 3 different "champs"
While this whole scenario is built on a lot of assumptions, one can only hope it all comes true so that the fallacy of the BCS rankings is once and for all exposed.