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BCS Standings Week 11: Nothing Lasts Forever, Even SEC Domination

Nothing lasts forever, but it sure felt as though the SEC stranglehold on the BCS championship’s crystal ball would.

Nearly 48 hours have elapsed since Texas A&M, a spread offense newcomer from the Big 12, went into the heart of SEC Country and bested Alabama. This blogger is still unsure if it actually happened, given the very foreign implications the Aggie win had on the BCS standings. See, SEC domination has meant more than six consecutive BCS championships, three of the last five Heisman Trophy winners and countless chants of “S-E-C!” in stadiums nationwide. The first BCS standings of 2010 had Oklahoma and Oregon on top, but that lasted all of one week. One would have to flip through the archives to November 2007 for the last BCS standings prior to that, that did not feature at least one SEC program in the top two.

Of course, the 2007 season regular season predictably ended with SEC member LSU backdooring its way into the title game and winning No. 2 of the conference’s six straight national titles. Those raucous final few weeks of ’07 should give pause to the bewildered masses whose three-letter refrains the rest of the football following nation has had to endure have them scrambling for logic in this haze of the surreal.

A good example of such reaching is this is the following excerpt from Outkick The Coverage:

2. The SEC has six of the top nine teams in the most recent BCS standing.

This is not getting enough attention.

It’s a feat that is almost impossible to manage. In fact, I’m not sure that any conference will ever be able to do this again.

This level of dominance should count for something when it comes to playing for the BCS title.

Do you know how many home games the top six teams in the SEC have lost all year? Three. (A&M lost at home to Florida and LSU. Bama just lost at home at Texas A&M). The only losses these six teams have?

To each other.

Would Kansas State, Oregon, or Notre Dame be undefeated in the SEC this year?

Hell.

No.

This cannibalization of one another was the inevitable reckoning that was bound to end the SEC’s era of domination. LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia are all fantastic teams. So are Kansas State, Oregon, and Notre Dame, the three programs that occupy the top of the latest BCS standings. Would any of the three go unbeaten in the SEC?

It’s debatable; Kansas State did beat A&M 53-50 last season. That was a much different Aggie team — one without Kevin Sumlin or Kliff Kingsbury on the sideline or Johnny Manziel behind center — but the 2011 result of KSU-A&M bears as much relevance to the BCS pursuit as how Oregon or K-State might fare in the SEC. That is to say both are irrelevant; what matters for UO and KSU is if they win out, they will meet each other in Miami for the national championship.

The SEC champion still has a glimmer of hope in K-State playing a good Texas team, as well as Baylor nearly one year to the day Robert Griffin III sewed up the Heisman in an upset of Oklahoma. Oregon must still face two top 20 opponents in Stanford and Oregon State, as well as the Pac-12 South champion. Notre Dame has walked a razor’s edge all season, and the finale at USC is no duck walk for the Fighting Irish.

Whether the SEC’s winner is Alabama or Georgia, either would jump to the front of the line among one-loss teams. However, any suggestion that the SEC champion should leapfrog an undefeated counterpart for one of the two title game berths is Step 1 in coping with a traumatic event: denial.

The SEC has dominated for six years, but it couldn’t last forever. Nothing can.

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Kansas State .9674 2 2 2774 .9649 2 1427 .9675 2 1 1 3 2 2 2 .970
2 Oregon .9497 3 1 2844 .9892 1 1460 .9898 4 4 3 5 4 5 4 .870
3 Notre Dame .9396 4 3 2634 .9162 3 1346 .9125 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 .990
4 Alabama .8534 1 4 2494 .8675 5 1243 .8427 5 5 4 4 5 9 5 .850
5 Georgia .8328 5 5 2398 .8341 4 1260 .8542 6 6 5 6 7 4 6 .810
6 Florida .7955 6 7 2113 .7350 7 1079 .7315 3 3 6 2 3 3 3 .920
7 LSU .7331 7 8 2082 .7242 8 1040 .7051 7 7 7 9 6 6 7 .770
8 Texas A&M .6621 15 10 1842 .6407 10 967 .6556 8 9 10 8 8 10 8 .690
9 South Carolina .6349 8 11 1732 .6024 11 903 .6122 8 8 9 10 9 8 9 .690
10 Florida State .6071 10 6 2175 .7565 6 1143 .7749 17 16 17 14 0 0 16 .290
11 Clemson .5921 13 9 1972 .6859 9 1033 .7003 15 15 14 13 22 0 14 .390
12 Oklahoma .5797 12 12 1631 .5673 12 799 .5417 10 13 8 15 10 7 10
.630
13 Stanford .5705 14 13 1621 .5638 13 793 .5376 11 10 11 7 11 11 11 .610
14 Nebraska .4679 16 14 1239 .4310 14 653 .4427 13 12 15 11 12 18 12 .530
15 Texas .4259 17 15 1095 .3809 15 615 .4169 14 14 12 16 14 13 15 .480
16 Oregon State .4161 11 16 1081 .3760 17 490 .3322 12 11 13 12 13 12 13 .540
17 UCLA .2925 18 19 870 .3026 16 494 .3349 20 18 24 17 20 21 21 .240
18 USC .2769 19 18 886 .3082 21 343 .2325 17 21 19 22 17 16 18 .290
19 Louisville .2159 9 17 943 .3280 18 442 .2997 27 24 0 20 0 0 0 .020
20 Louisiana Tech .1911 20 20 728 .2532 19 413 .2800 25 0 22 24 0 0 24 .040
21 Michigan .1665 NR 24 264 .0918 23 144 .0976 16 17 21 18 18 20 17 .310
22 Rutgers .1529 23 21 571 .1986 20 354 .2400 27 25 0 19 0 0 25 .020
23 Texas Tech .1416 22 22 325 .1130 25 106 .0719 20 20 16 0 21 15 23 .240
24 Oklahoma State .1088 NR NR 118 .0410 24 111 .0753 22 19 18 0 19 19 0 .210
25 Washington .0850 NR NR 1 .0003 NR 7 .0047 19 22 23 25 15 14 19 .250

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