EUGENE OR - OCTOBER 21: LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball against the UCLA Bruins on October 21 2010 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Oklahoma State's loss to Iowa State causes BCS upheaval.
Big surprise for you: the BCS is again a big, huge quagmire. Unbeaten Oklahoma State, ranked No. 2 coming in, lost to Iowa State in double overtime and opened the door for Oregon to find themselves once again in the National Championship picture.
Despite leading 24-7 in the 3rd, Oklahoma State allowed Iowa State to stay in it and missed a field goal late that would have sealed the win. Instead, the teams went to overtime. Both sides scored touchdowns on their first possessions but in the second OT, the Cyclones picked off Brandon Weeden, took back the football, and their ran it in for the win, 37-31.
The upset leaves LSU as the only major-conference team still undefeated. That leaves Oregon and Alabama as the favorites to play LSU in the BCS Championship game, joined by Oklahoma, Arkansas, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Stanford and Boise State as one-loss teams that are also in the BCS top 10.
The Ducks likely will need the Tide to lose for their shot at the game though. They have to hope that Auburn can upset Alabama in two weeks, and obviously Oregon will need to win out by beating USC and Oregon State, then the Pac-12 Championship. If LSU loses, it's hard to see them falling behind Oregon after beating them earlier in the season.
One other consideration to keep in mind - Alabama faces Georgia Southern tomorrow which will hurt their strength of schedule. Oregon gets USC...probably not enough to leap Alabama, but closes the gap. Of course, the following week Alabama plays ranked Auburn while Oregon gets Oregon State so who knows if the strength of schedule will make a difference.