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Notre Dame loss could throw BCS system into chaos again

The unbeaten Irish are No. 1 in the BCS, followed by a number of one-loss teams. Should USC beat Notre Dame this week, the BCS would be left with a scenario that even the upcoming playoff system couldn't solve.



Things have taken a bombshell Baylor turn since we last convened, but don't worry, this is nothing the eight-team playoff in 2014 won't solve.

What … it's only a four-team playoff?

In that case, the selection committee replacing the BCS should form now, retreat to a hotel room with a copy of Sunday's Bowl Championship Series standings, and emerge with its clear-cut, no-debate test results.

Show us how the new system beats "Death to the BCS."

It is terrific for television executives and scrapbook collectors that Notre Dame and Alabama have supplanted Kansas State and Oregon as the front-runners for this year's BCS title.

It's like trading in two Chevy Vegas for a Rolls-Royce and a Bentley.

Notre Dame is BCS No. 1 for the first time in history and hopes to stay that way at least through Thanksgiving.

"It doesn't mean much if you're No. 1 for just three or four days," Irish Coach Brian Kelly said Sunday.

Alabama is second, the BCS equivalent of Gehrig following Ruth in the order.

Kansas State was the worst program of the 20th century and has the wrong Manhattan as its television base. The top market in Eugene, if I'm not mistaken, is Fresh & Easy.

Don't be fooled by this week's brassy BCS hood ornaments, however, because the world is one USC victory over Notre Dame from seven or eight one-loss schools playing rugby for two national title berths.

And the refrain "Don't worry, it will be better in two years" could ring more hollow than Colorado's defense.

It's even funny today that one-loss Alabama has been auto-forwarded to play undefeated Notre Dame just because, well, just because.

Alabama's last game against a major-college opponent was a home defeat to two-loss Texas A&M.

When Kansas State and Oregon lost this weekend, Alabama immediately spiked six spots in Jeff Sagarin's BCS ratings and rode that general wave to No. 2 in the BCS.

Alabama moved from No. 5 to No. 3 in the BCS computers with a win over Western Carolina, a Football Championship Subdivision team now 1-10, with its lone win coming against Division II Mars Hill.

Florida State, with as many losses as Alabama, defeated Maryland on Saturday and still hasn't cracked the top 25 in Massey's BCS index.

The Seminoles are gear-grinding at No. 10 in the BCS and No. 17 in the computer index.

Mars, Maryland, they have so much in common … M-a-r.

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