The unusual is usual in BCS race

There's only one more shot at putting the top two teams in the title game, and history says something strange is going to happen to make it happen.

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Mark this down as we whitewater-raft through the final weeks of the final BCS rapids: Something is going to happen, give, buckle or burst.

Some team is going to be robbed and maybe ripped off.

Grownups are going to scream, sulk, petition, lobby and sweat the small stuff because, as unpopular as the Bowl Championship Series has been, nothing will ever replace its lunacy.

Fifteen champions have been crowned in this zany BCS system, with a dozen other schools thinking it should have been them.

So what's it going to be this season?

November beckons with four top teams (maybe more) vying for two available spots in the title game.

Alabama is No.1, but fans of Florida State and Oregon are already at each other's throats, with undefeated No. 4 Ohio State wondering, "Hey, what about us?"

The good news is that the BCS top 10 is going to be put through the ringer the next 10 days. No. 7 Miami plays at No. 3 Florida State on Saturday before next Thursday's doubleheader featuring No. 5 Stanford at No. 2 Oregon and No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 6 Baylor.

You never know what may affect the delicate BCS ecosystem and, in fact, may have already happened.

The season-ending injury Stanford star defensive end Ben Gardner suffered might now allow Oregon runners enough wiggle room to win a close game in Palo Alto.

Or, it may be Stanford will be emotionally charged after hearing what Oregon linebacker Boseko Lokombo said after the Ducks' win against UCLA.

"I feel a lot of people follow in our footsteps," he said. "We have been dominating the Pac-12. ... People will try and emulate our program, but we are the top dog."

Actually, Stanford defeated Oregon last year to claim the Pac-12 North before winning the Pac-12 title and then the Rose Bowl.

The BCS title game may have been decided last week when unranked Duke knocked Virginia Tech out of the top 25.

Alabama had been counting Virginia Tech as a quality nonconference victory, and Florida State was hoping to use a win over Virginia Tech (in the ACC title game) to bolster its BCS computer numbers.

What if Duke's upset is the difference in Oregon edging out Florida State for the second BCS spot?

BCS history is replete with hairpin turns that changed everything.

You don't think so?

Last year, in Eugene, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota streaked down the right sideline headed for an early touchdown against Stanford. He had speedy De'Anthony Thomas leading interference.

Thomas, though, failed to block the only Cardinal defender who had a chance to catch Mariota, who was knocked out of bounds after gaining 79 yards.

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