The college football national title picture stays the same every week, so this week in college football should have surprised no one. But college football is running out of time for a change, with only three weeks left to go before bowl season. For many, college football’s championship race has already been decided, no matter what TCU, Cincinnati or Boise State can do.
This week in college football had Florida, Alabama and Texas continue to run out the clock with wins on the road. So even though TCU had the best performance of the week, it still may be too late for their remaining national championship hopes. Realistically, the only hope left to change things may be on Thanksgiving weekend.
Florida and Alabama struggled for a little bit, but got road wins over South Carolina and Mississippi State. Next week, the Gators and Tide play glorified college football exhibitions, against FIU and Chattanooga, respectively. After that, both teams play their arch rivals before facing off in the SEC title game.
The only way that Florida vs Alabama won’t be a college football semifinal is if one, or both, lose in two weeks. But the Gators don’t seem likely to lose to Florida State, and the Tide look set to face Auburn. Unless their mortal enemies have big surprises in store, Florida vs Alabama will be a showdown of 12-0 teams, as everyone expected all year.
The Texas Longhorns still look extremely safe as well, facing only Kansas, Texas A&M, and either Nebraska or Kansas State in the Big 12 title game. Kansas is fading fast, while Texas A&M just lost by 55 to a weakened Oklahoma team, and no one from the Big 12 North seems capable of beating the Longhorns.
For Florida, Alabama and Texas, they are just three weeks away from sparing college football another BCS mess. For all that TCU did to wow the nation with their 55-28 demolition of Utah, it may have only been enough to clinch a BCS berth. If the Horned Frogs still want a national title shot, they need one or two of the biggest upsets of all time to happen in the next three weeks.
Cincinnati is in the same boat, after holding off West Virginia on Friday night. The Bearcats may have more realistic things to worry about, as they can still lose the Big East title in their upcoming showdown at Pittsburgh. As for Boise State, they have no shot for a championship, but college football may have no choice but to put them in the BCS, now that USC won’t be going.
College football may have the most predictable, controversy-free ending to a season since 2004, when Texas and USC dominated the season. This time, it’s Texas, Florida and Alabama in control, and time is running out to change that.
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