How amusing it would be, after all this sound and fury, if the top two teams at the end of the season were the top two teams from the beginning: Miami and Oklahoma. But history says it's unlikely both will make it to January unscathed. Since its inception in the 1998 season, only once has the BCS title game matched up two unbeaten teams. That record, and last Saturday's results, hearten talented one-loss squads such as Texas, Washington State and Iowa. Here's a quick look at the BCS this week.
? Texas's season isn't over after all. By defeating Nebraska 27-24, the Longhorns rose to fourth in the polls and the BCS. Texas is now in the situation the Cornhuskers were in last year, when the Huskers made the national title game: The Longhorns are the highest-ranked one-loss team, and they won't have to play in the Big 12 title game unless Oklahoma loses twice.
? Ohio State and Miami are in a dogfight. The Buckeyes' narrow edge over the Hurricanes in this week's BCS standings (5.57 points to 6.01) should erode over the final weeks, given Miami's stronger schedule ( Tennessee, Syracuse, Pitt and Virginia Tech) compared with that of Ohio State ( Purdue, Illinois and Michigan). The Buckeyes would also suffer significantly if Washington State drops out of the BCS top 10, since Ohio State would lose the .6 of a point quality-win credit for having beaten the Cougars. But if Miami drops to No. 2 in the coaches' poll, that would be nearly as damaging to the Canes.
? Oklahoma solidified its No. 1 position. Miami's lackluster performance against Rutgers and the Sooners' convincing win over dangerous Colorado were enough to push Oklahoma past the Canes into the No. 1 spot in the AP poll. In addition, Texas's leap in the BCS ranking from seven to four means the Sooners' quality-win credit for having beaten the Longhorns went up. In fact, the higher Texas climbs, the better off Oklahoma is. Ready for a Red River rematch in Tempe on Jan. 4?