CHRIS DUFRESNE / COLLEGE FOOTBALL MAILBAG

A few points, very few, to make about USC and No. 1 Notre Dame

Q: Oregon loses to Stanford, a ranked team, in overtime. Alabama beat Western Carolina, unranked and unknown. Both teams now have one loss, yet Alabama leaps to No. 2 while Oregon drops to No. 5.

To quote Liz Lemon, "What the what?"

Jack Rosenberg

Goodyear, Ariz.

A: I know, I know, the BCS sometimes looks about as fair as a banana republic election. The Southeastern Conference has won the last six BCS elections because it has melded really good teams with really good schedule management.

There is no getting around the fact the SEC is a 14-team league that plays an eight-game conference schedule. The Pac-12 is a 12-team league that plays a nine-game schedule.

That leaves SEC teams to schedule an extra easy win on their schedule while Pac-12 schools get stuck with another league loss.

The SEC played seven 1-AA schools last week and by the end of Saturday three teams — Alabama, Georgia, Florida — were back in the national title race.

The SEC schedule also creates beneficial misses for some schools. Take a look at Georgia. The Bulldogs are a couple of chess moves from the BCS title game. They have the worst loss among the one-loss teams and their nonconference schedule featured Buffalo, Florida Atlantic and Georgia Southern.

Georgia's crossover games in the SEC West this year were against Auburn and Mississippi. Georgia missed Alabama, Louisiana State and Texas A&M.

Georgia's best win was over Florida, 17-9, in which star quarterback Aaron Murray had three passes intercepted.

Toss in a few outside upsets and Georgia is No. 3.

Q: Rutgers to Big Ten. Thoughts?

Steve Kelly

A: I'm thinking it's funny a team could end up winning its first Big East football title a few days after joining the Big Ten.

Q: I want Nate Silver for BCS committee guru.

Jim Slemaker

A: I was a big fan of Silver's New York Times blog during the presidential election and he has already branched off, with a recent analysis questioning how much value Maryland and Rutgers will bring to the Big Ten (not much).

I fear Silver would bring so much logic to any analysis of college football's top team he just wouldn't be welcomed.

Where was Silver when the sport let Nebraska into the 2001 title game?

I would love to see him do a thorough analysis of next week's BCS standings if Notre Dame loses and there are six or seven one-loss teams vying for two title spots. Too bad Ohio State isn't eligible for this year's election because Silver was pretty accurate calling the state of Ohio.

chris.dufresne@latimes.com

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