Could OU's time as the BCS No. 1 be limited?

When the first BCS rankings of the season came out on Sunday, the University of Oklahoma was the No. 1 team. But according to BCS analysts, the Sooners time at No. 1 may be limited because an undefeated SEC team and Oregon could jump OU.
BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: October 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm •  Published: October 20, 2010

The Sooners also may not be able to fend off the victor of this weekend's LSU at Auburn showdown — if that team runs the table.

"OU's position is not as good as it looks," said Brad Edwards, ESPN's BCS guru. "If LSU or Auburn goes undefeated, the first team they will jump is Oklahoma."

The good news for the Sooners is that the probability of Oregon and Auburn or LSU going undefeated is slim.

All six of Oregon's remaining opponents are .500 or better, and the Ducks have a trio of daunting road games at USC, Cal and Oregon State.

Even if it beats Auburn, LSU still has to run the gauntlet of Alabama at home and Arkansas on the road, plus the SEC Championship game.

Auburn still has to travel to Alabama.

More good news for the Sooners is they don't have to worry about competing with the Big Ten champ. With Ohio State losing to Wisconsin, the Big Ten's lone undefeated team is Michigan State, ranked No. 7 in the BCS.

Palm doesn't believe the Spartans can't catch an undefeated OU in the BCS; nor can Boise State or TCU.

"They don't have to worry about those teams," Palm said. "Just Oregon and an undefeated SEC team."

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ROAD TO THE BCS

Here's a look at the remaining games to watch that could hold major implications in the BCS standings:

Oct. 23: Oklahoma at Missouri

Chance for either to pick up eye-popping victory

Oct. 23: LSU at Auburn

Sooners need to root against winner going forward

Oct 30: Oregon at USC

Probably Ducks' best chance of being knocked off

Oct 30: Michigan State at Iowa

Sparty's magical ride will be put to test in Iowa City

Nov. 6: TCU at Utah

Horned Frogs can score a win that will bolster computer profile

Nov 6: Alabama at LSU

The Crimson Tide can jump back in the race with win in Baton Rouge

Nov. 13: Oklahoma State at Texas

Also win in Austin, and Pokes become serious contender

Nov. 20: Ohio State at Iowa

The winner is still a title game long shot, but you never know

Nov. 26: Boise State at Nevada

The loser in Nevada losing to Hawaii, other than Nevada, was Boise State

Nov. 26: Auburn at Alabama

If Auburn gets past LSU, schedule is manageable until Iron Bowl

Nov. 27: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Bedlam as a national semifinal? Hey, it could happen

Dec. 4: Oregon at Oregon State

If Ducks are still undefeated, Sooner fans could be glued to this one

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