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BCS Standings: Teams with Most to Lose on Last Week of Regular Season

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 17: Chris Conley #31 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with a catch for a touchdown against J. J. Wilcox #19 of the Georgia Southern Eagles at Sanford Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2012

With only one week of games remaining, a lot of teams are in a dangerous situation.

The Week 14 BCS rankings have been released, and there are not too many changes from the previous version. This is due to the top teams taking care of business after a wild set of games the week before.

However, the conference championship games will create a clearer bowl picture, especially concerning the BCS games.

While everyone wants to get a big win, these are the teams with the most on the line in the next game.

 

Georgia

The winner of the SEC Championship Game between Georgia and Alabama will almost certainly reach the BCS National Championship Game. 

Of course, Alabama has been there and done that. The Crimson Tide have won the national championship in two of the last three years.

On the other hand, the Bulldogs have a chance to win their first title since 1980. The team does not want to ruin this opportunity.

The problem is that a loss would be even more devastating. Due to Florida's No. 3 BCS ranking, the Gators will likely get the second BCS at-large bid from the SEC.

Therefore, the Bulldogs would go from possibly playing in the title game to a generic bowl game. They better get the win on Saturday.

 

Kansas State

Many Kansas State supporters were upset last year when the Wildcats were passed over for a bid in a BCS bowl.

This time, they control their own destiny.

A win over Texas at home would give the team a Big 12 Championship and an automatic bid into one of the top bowl games. After a 10-0 start, this would be a solid consolation prize.

It could also help get Collin Klein back in the Heisman discussion after an embarrassing loss to Baylor.

Texas presents a serious threat due to its balanced offense and ability to score, but Kansas State had two weeks to prepare for this important game. The Wildcats should not let this game slip away.

 

Kent State

While few around the country have noticed, Kent State has an 11-1 record and is currently the No. 17 team in the BCS standings.

That ranking is very important going into the MAC Championship Game against fellow 11-1 team Northern Illinois.

A new rule stipulates that the MAC champion can get an automatic bid to a BCS bowl if it is ranked in the top 16 of the BCS and it is ranked above one of the AQ conference champions.

With no team listed in the Top 25 from the Big East, all the Golden Flashes need to do is finish No. 16 or better. 

Defeating a solid opponent in the conference championship game should get them them to this point. However, a loss could ruin everything.

One loss could be the difference in millions of dollars for this program and the entire Mid-American Conference. 

 

Full BCS Standings (via ESPN)

1 Notre Dame
2 Alabama
3 Georgia
4 Florida
5 Oregon
6 Kansas State
7 LSU
8 Stanford
9 Texas A&M
10 South Carolina
11 Oklahoma
12 Nebraska
13 Florida State
14 Clemson
15 Oregon State
16 UCLA
17 Kent State
18 Texas
19 Michigan
20 Boise State
21 Northern Illinois
22 Northwestern
23 Oklahoma State
24 Utah State
25 San Jose State

 

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