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November 18, 2011

Roundtable: Latest BCS title game predictions

At the College Football Roundtable each week, we ask each member of the college football coverage staff for their opinion about a topic in college football.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Who plays in the BCS national championship game?

Olin Buchanan's answer:
LSU vs. Oklahoma State. I think LSU will defeat Arkansas and Georgia. I know many assume Oklahoma State will lose to Oklahoma, as usual. But this just seems like it's the Cowboys' year. Not only are they playing well, but Oklahoma has defensive issues that Brandon Weeden and company can exploit. And the losses of Dominique Whaley and especially Ryan Broyles have to hurt the Sooners.

David Fox's answer:
I know many fans outside of Baton Rouge and Stillwater want to see one of those teams lose to create BCS chaos. I don't think that's going to happen. Arkansas' offense is good, but not good enough to crack LSU's defense at Death Valley. Georgia is better than it was in the first two weeks of the season, but the Bulldogs' win streak is due at least in some part to playing teams with a combined 10-30 SEC record. I should have reservations about Oklahoma State's defense, but I don't think Oklahoma can beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater without Ryan Broyles and Dominique Whaley. This season was ripe for a BCS controversy, but I don't think it's going to happen.

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Mike Huguenin's answer:
I think LSU definitely will be there, but I'm unsure about the other side. Oklahoma State's offense might be the best in the nation and certainly is good enough for a national title. But, oh, that wretched defense. Forget winning the national title - can a team whose defense ranks 101st nationally even make it to the title game? The one saving grace has been that Oklahoma State forces a ton of turnovers. But I can see Oklahoma winning a shootout in the Bedlam game. So, who's on the other side from LSU? I'm a firm believer that Alabama doesn't deserve a rematch. It lost at home, in November, to LSU. If there's a rematch, I think Oregon is more deserving of a second bite of the apple. The Ducks lost to LSU on Sept. 3, in the season-opener, and at a neutral site. Oklahoma would get a nice computer bump from beating Oklahoma State on the final day of the regular season, but the Sooners' loss to Texas Tech looks worse by the minute. Ultimately, I think Alabama would be the team that gets the nod if Oklahoma State loses, as unappealing as that might be. (Perhaps enough pollsters would decide the Tide doesn't deserve a rematch and vote accordingly. We can only hope.)

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Steve Megargee's answer:
I'm going to go with the chalk and pick LSU and Oklahoma State. I know LSU nearly cost itself a shot at the 2007 national title by losing to Arkansas at home, but I think this LSU team is stronger than that one. And while Georgia has come a long way since its 0-2 start, I still don't think the Bulldogs are good enough to upset LSU. For most of the season, I've projected Oklahoma State to lose at home to Oklahoma, but the injuries to Dominique Whaley and Ryan Broyles now have me thinking the Cowboys win the Bedlam game to earn a shot at the title. I do think LSU is the much safer pick than Oklahoma State. If Oklahoma State slips up, I'm guessing we have an LSU-Alabama rematch in the championship game. While there might be some late-season momentum for an LSU-Oklahoma title game to avoid an LSU-Alabama or LSU-Oregon regular-season matchup, I think Oklahoma's increasingly embarrassing home loss to a mediocre Texas Tech team will keep the Sooners out of the title game. I personally would rather see an LSU-Oregon rematch than an LSU-Alabama game - Oregon played LSU earlier in the season and didn't lose to the Tigers on its home field - but my opinion seems to be in the minority.

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