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In BCS standings, it's 1-2-3 for the SEC!

CHRIS DUFRESNE / ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The Southeastern Conference has won the last five BCS titles, and a sixth appears almost inevitable now with SEC West teams LSU, Alabama and Arkansas occupying the top three spots in the BCS standings.

November 20, 2011|Chris Dufresne
  • Quarterback Tyler Wilson and third-ranked Arkansas will get their shot at top-ranked LSU and running back Kenny Hilliard on Saturday with more BCS implications at stake.
Quarterback Tyler Wilson and third-ranked Arkansas will get their shot… (Photos by US Presswire and…)

Several people phoned the cyber police Sunday to report an apparent hacking into the website of the Bowl Championship Series standings.

Some merry pranksters, probably eggheads at Caltech, must have infiltrated the hard drive and changed BCS to SCS (Southeastern Championship Series).

Caltech used to pull stuff like this with halftime card shows.

These phony-baloney "SCS" standings came out with three schools from the SEC West — Louisiana State, Alabama and Arkansas — ranked in the top three spots.

Isn't that hilarious?

Except: This wasn't a high-tech prank.

Three schools from the SEC West are ranked 1-2-3.

LSU, in fact, scored a perfect 1.000 in Sunday's standings. The Tigers are No. 1 in both polls and first in all six BCS computer indexes.

Bo Derek and Nadia Comaneci texted their congratulations: "Welcome to the club."

The conference that has claimed the last five BCS titles is now simply thumbing its nose guards at the rest of college football.

The SEC has become what Mark Twain reportedly once said about the weather — everyone talks about it, but no one does anything.

Five other major conferences plus Notre Dame and Boise State should be ashamed of themselves.

It's one thing for the SEC to be generally acknowledged, year in and year out, as college football's preeminent league.

It's another thing to throw one league the keys to the bank vault.

No one is even putting up a fight.

This lack of backfield bone has reduced this year's BCS title buffet menu to various combinations of chipped beef on toast.

The championship game in New Orleans (the SEC anchor bowl site, by the way) now is probably going to be a rematch between LSU and Alabama.

All that's required is LSU beating Arkansas, then winning the SEC title game, and Alabama beating Auburn.

Shoot, LSU could beat Arkansas and lose the SEC title game and still play Alabama for the title.

If it's not LSU versus Alabama, it might be a replay of Alabama versus Arkansas. Alabama won the first one, 38-14, in Tuscaloosa.

Anyone up for a double dose of LSU-Arkansas?

That could happen if Auburn beats Alabama this week, and Arkansas wins Friday in Baton Rouge and goes on to win the SEC title.

This year's title game could be "members only."

Here's the dirty secret: The SEC really isn't that strong this year. The East Division is OK at the top with Georgia and South Carolina. The rest of the division is a combined 20-24.

The SEC West isn't even that good beyond the top three. Auburn, Mississippi State and Mississippi are a combined 14-19.

The SEC has a stranglehold, though, because no one else has stepped up in the clutch.

Last week, had Boise State made a last-second field goal to beat Texas Christian, the Broncos would be undefeated and a possible wedge option between the SEC elite.

The SEC big shots were on cruise control this weekend.

LSU crushed hapless Mississippi, 52-3, as outbound Rebels Coach Houston Nutt raised a white flag.

Arkansas hammered Mississippi State, a stupendously overrated team that is now 5-6.

"I like the way we're playing now," Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said after his team's seventh straight win since the Alabama loss.

Alabama defeated I-AA Georgia Southern despite giving up 302 yards rushing.

"That's a good little team we played out there today," Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban said.

The SEC is smiling because BCS teams Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 7 all fell on their faces.

No. 2 Oklahoma State endured a wrenching double-overtime defeat Friday night at Iowa State.

Cowboys kicker Quinn Sharp thought he nailed the go-ahead field goal in regulation, but the ball was ruled to have sailed directly over one of the uprights. Meaning, had the upright been taller, the ball would have clanked off the post.

No. 4 Oregon nearly rallied all the way back from a 38-14 deficit against USC only to fritter away valuable seconds in the end.

Oregon Coach Chip Kelly was so intent on quick-snapping his way to victory he kept timeouts in his pocket and ended up stranded on the USC 20 with eight seconds left.

It was only third down, but Kelly couldn't risk an end zone strike. Instead, he had quarterback Darron Thomas position the ball by running a few feet toward the middle of the field to set up a 37-yard field-goal attempt that sailed wide left.

No. 5 Oklahoma could have taken advantage of Oklahoma State and Oregon losses if not for the Sooners' loss to Baylor.

No. 7 Clemson might have moved up to No. 4 had the Tigers not inexplicably folded at North Carolina State.

The SEC doesn't need any help to win championships but still often gets it. It has parlayed its greatness and the kindness of strangers to forge a dynasty.

The Pac-12 has three top-10 teams in this week's AP poll, with USC moving to No. 10, but has been totally upstaged by one division of the SEC.

There's still a decent chance a school from outside the SEC can crash the BCS title game.

It will require Auburn handing a second loss to Alabama and LSU putting a second defeat on Arkansas.

In that scenario, one-loss Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Stanford or Boise State might earn the right to play LSU.

Don't count on it, because this sure looks like the SEC's year.

What year doesn't?

chris.dufresne@latimes.com

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