LSU, Alabama in BCS but no SEC crown? 

November, 23, 2011

Allow the following hypothetical to happen:

LSU beats Arkansas on Friday. The Tigers are 12-point favorites.

Alabama beats Auburn on Saturday. The Tide are 21-point favorites.

Georgia beats LSU in the SEC championship.

Unlikely? Sure. But Georgia has won nine straight and is currently ranked 13. It certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility for Georgia, playing in the Georgia Dome, to beat LSU.

At that point, Alabama would be No. 1 in the BCS, LSU would likely be No. 2, and Georgia, as the SEC champion, would head to the Sugar Bowl.

So what would the BCS do with Alabama and LSU, considering that just two teams from a given conference can participate in the BCS, but the national championship must have the No. 1 and No. 2 teams play?

I looked at the BCS bylaws and amazingly, there is the following provision: "No more than two teams from a conference may be selected, regardless of whether they are automatic qualifiers or at-large selections, unless two non-champions from the same conference are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS Standings."

Wow, these people really did think of every possible scenario. Just imagine, many years ago when these rules were being written in some theoretical conference room, some person had the foresight to say the following: "Hey fellas, just in case there's a situation where the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country happen to be in the same conference, and neither one even wins their conference, let's make sure we make an exception to allow these teams to play for the national championship."

It's incredible that the situation even was on anyone's mind.

Personally, that's what I'm rooting for, just because it would be so remarkable for such an unlikely scenario to take place, and for this isolated provision to come into play. Say what you want about the BCS, but you certainly can't argue that they didn't think of even the most bizarre scenarios.

And now, let's turn to this week's BALLS Index (Best Average Line for Length of Season. Numbers from Sal Selvaggio of to see where things stand as we head into the final weeks of the regular season. Enjoy Thanksgiving.

With that, here's this week's BALLS Index:

Jeff Gold

ESPN Contributor