The first Bowl Championship Series standings will be revealed later on this evening, and Texas and Alabama are expected to be the top two teams. Penn State is expected to be third.
Much has been said and written in the past couple of weeks about how Penn State is sitting pretty at No. 3 because Texas and Alabama have such difficult schedules while Penn State, by comparison, has an easy path to an undefeated regular season record.
But how difficult are the schedules of Texas and Alabama?
First let’s examine Alabama’s schedule. The Crimson Tide play at Tennessee this week and finish at up against Arkansas State, at LSU and then Mississippi State and Auburn at home.
The only difficult game among those five is the visit to LSU, and the Tigers have not been overly impressive the past few weeks. They needed a late touchdown to win at South Carolina on Saturday. Tennessee and Auburn are experiencing down years.
If Alabama gets past those five teams the Crimson Tide will likely play Florida or Georgia in the SEC title game.
It would not be a shock if the Tide finish undefeated.
Texas has a more difficult road, but it’s not impossible. The Longhorns play host to undefeated Oklahoma State this week and then travel to undefeated Texas Tech. Both teams are largely untested. Yes, Oklahoma State beat Missouri, but that’s the only marquee win. Texas Tech hasn’t beaten a ranked team.
After that, The Longhorns play host to Baylor, visit Kansas and finish up at home versus Texas A&M.
In the Big 12 title game, the Longhorns will face either Missouri or Kansas.
So don’t make your reservations for the national championship game just yet, Penn State fans. The Lions could be the odd man out come December.
Here is the Post-Gazette’s AP ballot for this week followed by a link for the new AP top 25.
3. Penn State
8. Texas Tech
10. Ohio State
11. Oklahoma State
12. Boise State
14. Ball State
17. South Florida
20. Georgia Tech
22. Boston College
24. Virginia Tech