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College Football Rankings, SEC And ACC Focus: What Happens To The BCS If Ole Miss Upsets The Auburn Tigers?

By now you've heard 100 times about Mississippi Rebel coach Houston Nutt's ridiculous history of upsetting highly ranked SEC teams. All the attention on Nutt's savant-like tendency has actually snuffed out any likelihood of it occurring today at home against the No. 1 Auburn Tigers, but let's talk crazy here. What happens to the BCS standings if Ole Miss manages to upset Cam Newton's Tigers?

Based on where other one-loss teams are ranked, Auburn shouldn't fall too far out of the top ten, if at all, especially if another top team falls. Though losing to the Landshark Star Wars Bears would be a much less impressive loss than any other top-20 team's loss, Auburn's body of work should sustain it enough so that it'll still have a chance to earn a BCS at-large bid, if not the SEC's Sugar Bowl spot.

The No. 7 Alabama Crimson Tide would certainly take over as the highest-ranked SEC or ACC team, as the Tide are off today watching the ducks shit in the yard. Bama may even rise a spot or two, as the waters are thick with upset chum. Grossest pair of words ever.

In the ACC, the No. 16 Florida St. Seminoles have already lost to the N.C. State Wolfpack, and their only chance at getting into a BCS game is now to win the conference and bum everybody out by showing up at the Orange Bowl. Actually, the Noles would still be one of the conference's two best BCS reps due to the fact that they haven't lost to James Madison, Kansas, or East Carolina, though they did lose to an ECU victim.

The other, the No. 22 Miami Hurricanes, will take over as the ACC's top BCS team if they beat the Virginia Cavaliers, though they're in the same boat as FSU in only playing for Orange Bowl glory. The No. 23 Virginia Tech Hokies are off today in advance of their Thursday nighter against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Other SEC teams in action today: the No. 21 Mississippi St. Bulldogs, No. 20 South Carolina Gamecocks, and No. 19 Arkansas Razorbacks can't make major jumps, but should inch forward due to attrition if they manage to avoid upsets.

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