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2011 Oct 30

Nebraska v. Oklahoma in the BCS Sugar Bowl?

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This is speculation, of course, but if Nebraska and Oklahoma continue to win we might be looking at a match-up for the All-State Sugar Bowl BCS game. A good marketing person would certainly look at the chance to bring the Big 12 and the Big 10 together in a BCS game. Both Oklahoma and Nebraska follow their teams like few others in the nation. This is not Thanksgiving, but it would be nice to see them together again.

Nebraska is rated number 10 in the BCS Standings for week 10 following the defeat of Michigan State (17). With Clemson and Kansas State receiving their first defeat of the season they dropped out of the top ten. The top ten will face another dynamic week with LSU and Alabama facing off. Nebraska (10) must face Michigan (18), and Penn State (19) before gaining a legends division title and Big 10 Championship birth.

The BCS standings have been compiled by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The standings include three components: USA Today Coaches Poll, Harris Interactive College Football Poll and an average of six computer rankings. Each component counts one-third toward a team's overall BCS score. Nebraska is ranked number nine in the USA Today Coaches Poll and Harris Interactive.

BCS Standings

1 LSU
2 Alabama
3 Oklahoma State
4 Stanford
5 Boise State
6 Oklahoma
7 Arkansas
8 Oregon
9 South Carolina
10 Nebraska
11 Clemson
12 Virginia Tech
13 Houston
14 Kansas State
15 Michigan
16 Penn State
17 Michigan State
18 Georgia
19 Arizona State
20 Wisconsin
21 Texas
22 Auburn
23 Georgia Tech
24 West Virginia
25 Southern Miss

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McCookFAn

Personally, I feel that the winner of OU-OkSt ends up in the national title game. Oregon will beat Stanford and Boise stays on the outside looking in.

– Nov 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm

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HuskerBoPower

The way I see it, there are a minimum of 5-6 losses to be shared amongst teams ahead of NU in some or all of the polls from this point forward.

Loss 1: Loser of LSU-Alabama.
Loss 2: Loser of Stanford-Oregon.
Loss 3: Loser of OU-OkSt
Loss 4: Loser of LSU-Arkansas
Loss 5: Loser of South Carolina-Arkansas
Possible Loss 6: Loser of SEC Championship Game, assuming that it is South Carolina vs LSU/Alabama.

These are all guaranteed games to be played. Now, if NU continues to win out (drink some Kool-Aide and bear with me), then NU should certainly move up quite a bit in the polls. Worst-case scenario would have at least 4 undefeated teams ahead of NU (let's say LSU, OkSt, Stanford, and Boise St). Odds are that the loser of LSU-Alabama won't fall that far unless one of those teams looks really bad on national TV. I don't foresee both Oklahoma teams staying ahead of NU regardless of the head-to-head match-up. A 2-loss OU doesn't stay ahead of a 1-loss NU, and a 1-loss OkSt doesn't stay ahead of a 1-loss NU. Right?

If NU should win out, then we really want to play Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game, because then it is party like its 1999. NU would be the only highly ranked 1-loss team with a chance to avenge its only loss, which came early in the season. So, then the question becomes: "Who do you rank higher? A 1-loss Alabama, LSU, Oregon, OU, or Stanford who have no chance to avenge their loss, or a 1-loss NU who avenged their only loss? In that case, NU could be as highly ranked as #5 going into the bowl season. For NU to be the highest ranked 1-loss team going into the bowl season, they have to see Wisconsin again and beat them. If Wisconsin doesn't oblige on either count, then that scenario goes right out the window. It really doesn't do NU any good if any other team but Wisconsin makes it to the CCG. If NU plays Ohio St again, Ohio St will get a 2nd chance at NU, and they will have all their players back from suspension and will likely be on a year-end surge (and it is always hard to beat a team twice). NU can't gain much by beating the Buckeyes again, but can lose quite a bit. Same goes for PSU. If NU wins out, then playing PSU again does NU no good for the same reasons as playing OSU again. Illinois, Indiana, or Purdue in the CCG is not going to happen.

On the flip side, if we have complete chaos in college football from here on out, every team ahead of NU could lose yet this season. That would be a real stretch, but if you are overdosing on Kool-Aide, you know that things this weird have happened before. Odds are that if every team ahead of NU lost a game yet this season, almost none of them will have the opportunity to avenge that loss - except NU. From that point of view, if every team ahead of NU lost, or all but one team ahead of NU lost, and NU was the only team to have avenged their lone loss of the season, then NU theoretically still has a shot at playing in the national championship game.

It won't happen, but it is fun to fantasize because it is not impossible. If NU wins out, and there are 4 teams ahead of NU that are undefeated, and those 4 undefeated teams played each other in the Bowl Games, then if NU won their bowl game then NU could be ranked #3 at the end. But again, a lot of IF's.

But, after a Kool-Aide hangover, we have to realize that it is still one game at a time. Next up, Northwestern and the dual-threat Dan Persa. GO BIG RED

– Oct 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm

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