CHRIS DUFRESNE / ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Four-team playoff could be necessary this season in college football

Send Notre Dame to the Sugar Bowl to play Alabama and let the semifinal winners meet in South Florida, already scheduled to host the championship.

The BCS, only last week, moved the title game up a day to Jan. 6.

OK, just move it back three days to Jan. 9.

The chances of this happening are zilch, but it never hurts to whine.

Weekend wrap

--Not taking care of business (or the ball). The seven teams in the BCS top 15 that lost this weekend combined for 29 turnovers. Rutgers led the way with seven. Oklahoma had only one against Notre Dame, but it was a big one: linebacker Manti Te'o's fourth-quarter interception of a Landry Jones pass.

--How bad is Auburn, which fell to 0-6 in the SEC after a 63-21 loss to Texas A&M? You can already bet Auburn in Las Vegas and get 37 points against Alabama for this year's "Iron Bowl" on Nov. 24. Auburn won the BCS title in 2010.

--USC vs. USC: It's funny how the poll business works. South Carolina jumped from No. 17 to No. 11 in the Associated Press poll after a three-point win against a Tennessee team that is now 0-5 in SEC play. USC dropped eight spots to No. 18 after a one-possession defeat at No. 24 Arizona.

--Decisions, decisions. Oregon State Coach Mike Riley opted for quarterback Sean Mannion over Cody Vaz at Washington. Mannion missed the last two games after undergoing knee surgery. Mannion was intercepted four times in the 20-17 loss. Vaz came off the bench in relief to throw the score-tying touchdown, but Washington then kicked a field goal to win. Oregon State (6-1) was trying to go 7-0 for the first time in school history.

--Quick hits. Alabama has trailed for 15 seconds this season (7-6 versus Mississippi)…Te'o has five interceptions after recording none in his first three years. ... AJ McCarron (Alabama) and Colby Cameron (Louisiana Tech) are the only two major-college quarterbacks who have yet to throw an interception. McCarron has 18 touchdowns without a pick, and Cameron has 21. ... Boise State has not lost a game in October since 2001. ... Washington is only 4-4 but has defeated two top-10 teams, No. 8 Stanford and No. 7 Oregon State. ... The only two schools averaging 50-plus points per game: Oregon (53.38) and Louisiana Tech (52.63). ... Arizona senior quarterback Matt Scott, who had 100 yards rushing against USC, became the first Wildcats quarterback to reach the 100-yard mark since Ortege Jenkins in 2000.

chris.dufresne@latimes.com

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