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Road To The BCS: Chaos Is A Possibility

The Road to the BCS series is back and we will go through some games that will affect the non-BCS teams (not going to fall to the pressure of saying non-AQ) in their quest for a BCS game. Plus, for each game there will be a section of who you should be rooting for. These games will be realistic games that could provide an upset.

As always, I prefer chaos to possibly break the system; wouldn't it be cool if there was a tie for second in the BCS standings. All rankings will be the coaches poll until the BCS standings are released. Links go to insightful, and all times are eastern

No. 5 Michigan State at No. 18 Iowa, ABC/ESPN (3:30 PM ET)

Michigan State is not a BCS contender, in my opinion, they snuck past Northwestern and struggled past Illinois. They have had to used fake punts and fake field goals to get past some just maybe average teams.

Rooting interest: Iowa.

No. 6 Missouri at No. 14 Nebraska, ABC/ESPN (3:30 PM ET)

Missouri is a good team and has the best player in the Big XII with quarterback Blaine Gabbert while Nebraska had a Heisman candidate in dual threat quarterback Taylor Martinez. This game 

Rooting interest: Nebraska.

No. 1 Auburn at Mississippi, ESPN2 (6:00 PM ET)

I guess I am on the ill-advised bandwagon that is Houston Nutt will surprise another top ten opponent. Auburn is ninth in the SEC in the passing game and if Ole Miss can force the Tigers into passing downs then they may have an outside shot of pulling off the upset.

Rooting interest: MIssissippi

No. 2 Oregon at USC, ABC/GamePlan (8:00 PM ET) 

This is USC's bowl game and there has been a lot of smack from Chip Kelly talking about how many four and five star athletes USC has. Plus, there is USC quarterback Matt Barkley comparing the teams between a recent UFC fight where USC was Cain Velasquez and Oregon being Brock Lesnar. For those who don't know Lesnar was the reigning heavy weight champ, but lost to Vleasquez. USC has the defense to possibly slow down Oregon's offense.

Rooting interest: USC.

If enough of these top teams lose, then next weeks game between TCU and Utah could be between two top five teams, but first TCU must take care of UNLV and Utah needs to get past Air Force.

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