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Next teams up in BCS picture

Arkansas could ruin the potential LSU-Alabama title matchup with a win on Friday

Updated: November 20, 2011, 8:35 PM ET
By Brad Edwards | ESPN Insider
Nick Saban, Les Miles and Bobby PetrinoUS Presswire, AP PhotoAll three of these coaches have a shot to lead their teams to the national title game.

Last week there were five teams with a legitimate shot at making the BCS title game. Three of those teams -- Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oregon -- lost this weekend.

This week there are again five teams with realistic chances of playing for the national championship, including two teams that are new to the mix. Here are my latest BCS bowl projections, and the next teams in line for each of the 10 bids.

Allstate BCS National Championship Game

When: Jan. 9, 2012, 8:30 p.m. EST on ESPN

Current prediction: LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Next up for BCS No. 1 and No. 2 spots: Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech

Barring a repeat of this weekend's chaos, the five teams listed above are the only ones that are on the radar.

If both LSU and Alabama win this coming weekend, against Arkansas and Auburn, respectively, then a Tigers-Crimson Tide rematch in the title game will begin to look very likely. That's because even if LSU loses the SEC title game to Georgia, it might not fall out of the top two in the BCS standings. And Alabama will be able to sit at home during conference championship weekend with little to no risk of dropping in the polls.

If the Razorbacks win this Friday, however, that is a different story.

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