The late-season carnage often seen in college football has arrived, maybe even a bit early.
Saturday night, No. 4 BCS-ranked Oregon went down 38-35 to USC on a missed field goal by Alejandro Maldonado, killing the Ducks’ chances for a repeat trip to the national-title game.
A few minutes later, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III threw a touchdown pass with only eight seconds left to stun No. 5 Oklahoma. All this, after No. 2 Oklahoma State had lost in stunning fashion Friday night to Iowa State, 37-31 in overtime.
Even No. 7 Clemson went down badly, to North Carolina State.
What does it mean? It makes an LSU-Alabama matchup almost a certainty in the national-title game if both win out. ‘Bama is at Auburn next week and LSU hosts Arkansas, which is sixth-ranked in the BCS.
Get ready to hear more about the wonderfulness of the SEC. This week, it looks like a strong possibility LSU, Alabama and Arkansas will be Nos. 1-2-3 in the BCS rankings.
The Ducks’ loss pushes them back to a likely Rose Bowl bid, but only if they beat Oregon State next week in Eugene. As we speak, Stanford has its hands full with California in the third quarter, but the Cardinal, if it wins, stands a solid chance for the Fiesta Bowl. If Stanford gets there, that matchup looks a little less glamorous tonight, since both Big 12 candidates to get there — the Oklahoma schools — went down.