So who will clash with the Tigers for all the marbles?
From the looks of things, it's highly likely LSU will get their rematch with the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide for the national title. All Alabama needs to do is take care of the No. 24 Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl and they're "in like Flynn".
We got to this point because last week was a BCS nightmare as then-No. 2 Oklahoma State, then-No. 4 Oregon and then-No. 5 Oklahoma all sputtered their national title hopes. The Oregon loss to USC (38-35) was a heart-breaker for me as it was no secret I wanted the Ducks to play for the national title. But as the old adage says, "that's why we play the games".
Oklahoma State's inexplicable loss (37-31 2OT) to Iowa State was (by far) the biggest stunner of last week. The Cowboys were in the title game's driver's seat and somehow they found a way to screw it up. But the Cowboys, however, still have a SLIM shot at the title game if Alabama loses to Auburn. The BCS Standings were very generous to the Cowboys placing them at No. 4, ahead of No. 5 Virginia Tech and No. 6 Stanford. This gives OK State the upper hand in the event that Alabama (somehow) stumbles. They already know that No. 3 Arkansas became "road kill" for undisputed No. 1 LSU, so the Cowboys must win out and hope that Auburn can pull of a miracle.
In the end, however, the stars are aligned for Alabama to avenge their nail-biting, teeth-grinding, heartbreaking, 9-6 OT loss to LSU on November 5.