Inspired by a comment dropped by SM in the most recent BCS Breakdown post, I thought I'd take a look at all the BCS bowl possibilities for the Mighty Card, no matter how remote.
I've made up some percentages to help you think about how likely each scenario is, and in order to make the math a bit easier, I'm assuming that Stanford has a 100% chance of beating Cal and Notre Dame over the last two weeks. This is obviously crazy, but the whole premise of this article is crazy, so just play along.
To be honest, I'm not sure if this is even mathmetically possible at this point, but let's see what would have to happen.
- Stanford wins out, finishing at 11-1
- LSU wins out, defeating #6 Arkansas in the process.
- Oklahoma State loses twice, to Iowa State and Oklahoma.
- Alabama loses to Auburn.
- Oregon loses to USC.
- Oklahoma loses at #24 Baylor, rebounds to beat OSU.
- Arkansas loses to LSU.
- Clemson loses at #12 South Carolina.
- Virginia Tech loses to Clemson in ACC Championship game.
This scenario would leave LSU as the lone undefeated team and Stanford as the only one-loss team. It's certainly not impossible, but it's also not impossible for a coin to land on heads fifty times in a row.
There are actually two ways this can happen, and both hinge on the Oregon Ducks.
Option 1: The Oregon Flameout
- Oregon loses home games against USC and Oregon State.
- Stanford beats Cal.
Stanford would finish conference play at 8-1, and Oregon would be 7-2.
Option 2: Oregon to BCS Championship
- Oregon wins out.
- Oklahoma State loses to Oklahoma.
- Voters push 12-1 Oregon past 11-1 Alabama.
It should be noted that if the Rose Bowl were to lose Oregon to the BCS Championship game, they would not be obligated to choose Stanford. Oklahoma would be available (and more highly ranked), but I'm guessing they'd select Stanford to preserve the traditional B1G Ten - Pac-12 matchup.
- Stanford wins out.
- That's all.