As talk intensifies about a potential LSU-Alabama or LSU-Oregon rematch in the BCS championship game, don't forget about Oklahoma. The Sooners, who are fifth in the BCS standings, would make quite a lasting impression if they knocked off an 11--0 Oklahoma State squad on the final night of the season.... Expect Arizona to make a run at Boise State's Chris Petersen for its coaching vacancy. Petersen has turned down Pac-12 suitors (Stanford and UCLA) before but is a friend of Wildcats athletic director Greg Byrne; Boise State, meanwhile, recently dismissed longtime athletic director Gene Bleymaier.... The Big East is in danger of sending an unranked champion to a BCS bowl for a second straight season. Cincinnati (7--2, 3--1 in Big East) remains in first place by half a game, despite last week's loss to West Virginia. An unranked champ would not help the conference's cause for maintaining an automatic BCS berth.
This is an article from the Nov. 21, 2011 issue