Ranked according to BCS...1) Oregon (10-0)
- They face a tough end to their schedule playing home against Stanford and on the road against Oregon State. If they survive Stanford then they will win the North, but will need to beat Oregon State to stay in the National Title talk. After that they will play UCLA or USC in the Pac-12 championship. At this point, there is a good chance Oregon can lose and fall out of the race.2) Kansas State (10-0)
- The Wildcats will need to travel to Baylor and win, then have a week off to prepare for their last game of the season against ranked Texas. They have very few roadblocks preventing them from advancing to the National Championship.3) Notre Dame (10-0)
- Everyone is eying that USC game which is 8 days away. First business is taking care of Wake Forest.4) Alabama (9-1)
- Bama will need two of the undefeated teams to fall and they will need to beat Georgia in SEC title game to advance. They will be rooting for USC, Stanford, UCLA, and Oregon State to win as much as possible.5) Georgia (9-1)
- Win against the non-ranked schedule that remains is what they need for big bowl game hopes. If they won out, beat Bama in the SEC, and had two of the undefeated teams at the top lose then it is likely you could see Georgia in the National Championship.6) Florida (9-1)
- Florida would need a bunch of season-ending parity to have a shot. Still, no SEC title isn't favorable to their end of season ranking.10) Florida State (9-1)
- The two-loss teams ranked 7th-9th aren't worth National Title talks. The Seminoles have a shot - much like rival Florida - in that they need about four teams to topple, but they need the same teams. They have Florida on the calendar which would be a huge boost for their BCS rankings likely putting them right next to Bama/Georgia. Their ACC title game opponent isn't ranked which doesn't make it a hurdle but it doesn't help their ranking.11) Clemson (9-1)
- The Tigers will need a lot. Maryland needs to beat Florida State to give Clemson the path to the ACC. They will then need several teams to topple.
Eight teams are all in the hunt. Looking at the schedules and what possible losses could happen and big time wins could help teams, I think Kansas State versus Notre Dame is most likely. I don't see Oregon surviving that schedule. If Notre Dame fell to USC and Kansas State won out then I could see Georgia making it. Now, if Georgia is not a contender and neither is Alabama because of additional losses then the window finally opens up to Florida or FSU, and depending if they have another loss, finally.. Clemson.