What is going to happen when all these teams are unbeaten at the end of the year? Who is going to get the short end of the stick? What we forget is that there are still conference games and conference championship games to play.
Outside of Florida State, who really has one game on paper that would appear to present and chance of a challenge, the other top teams still have some meat left on their schedule.
Speaking of meat on the schedule, Stanford beefy front lines once again proved to be the kryptonite for Oregon's lightning attack, leaving the Ducks BCS dreams again in shambles.
Alabama passed their rivalry game test against LSU with flying colors, pulling away after a tight first half, giving them a solid resume win which the nation was starting to clamor for.
Right now, the Noles and Tide look to be squared off, if they can hold on through their conference schedules. Everyone else is hoping for a slip up by the top 2.
Things are starting to shake out a bit, but there are plenty of good, and significant, games left to play.
As odd as it sounds to say, Missouri still controls its own destiny. If it can beat Old Miss and the Texas Aggies, it will be in the SEC title game. If it wins that, it will be very tough to deny the Tigers a shot at the title, with their only loss being a fluky loss against a very good Gamecocks squad while the Tigers played without their star quarterback. Nothing against Maty Mauk, but he is not James Franklin.
It will also be interesting to see what, if anything, comes of the Jameis Winston scandal. That might be too strong a word, but I don't know what else to use. It seems that if there were evidence that Winston was the culprit, he would have charged or at least formally interviewed. If he gets suspended, or even distracted, it could set the Noles up for a stumble.
Now, for the conference counts.
BIG TEN: 5
BIG 12: 2
The SEC and PAC-12 continue to lead the nation, but the ACC and Big Ten are climbing back into the mix, showing a big more parity than was perceived. Admittedly, the Big Ten is a group of middling to decent teams chasing Ohio State, but those middling teams might be a touch better than we thought...maybe. The ACC has seen some teams rebound from tough weeks like Viginia Tech, which is strengthening the conference's resume.
Oh, and don't look now, but the AAC has more ranked teams that the Big-12. I expect to see that come back to balance with big games the last few weeks involving the leaders of the conference race, but it still says a lot about what Louisville, UCF, and Houston are putting on the field. The surprising thing there is that Cincinnati is not among the ranked. They are a 4th solid squad out of the American, but their SoS has killed them. They have a chance to make some big noise too, with Rutgers, Houston, and Louisville (at home) to finish the season. They win out, and they win a share of the conference.
See you next week.