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If LSU gets past Arkansas, it would seem a case could be made that the Tigers could lose to Georgia in the SEC title game and still play for the national championship.

LSU would be a one-loss team like all the rest and have maybe the best resume of the bunch with victories against Oregon and West Virginia out of conference.

Palm isn’t sold on that scenario.

“That could be the scenario that gets Oklahoma State in,” Palm said. “Hard to imagine (the voters would) put two teams that didn’t win their league in the top two.”

Virginia Tech is fifth in the BCS standings with a game against Virginia on Saturday that will determine which team plays Clemson for the Atlantic Coast Conference title.

Stanford is sixth with a game against Notre Dame left. The Cardinal could reach the Pac-12 title game if Oregon were to lose to Oregon State on Saturday.

The Hokies and Cardinal have national title hopes, but would need lots of help in the form of losses by the teams ahead of them to get there.

Boise State is seventh, but the Broncos will be shut out of the BCS this season because they can’t win their conference after losing to Mountain West Conference rival TCU.

Undefeated Houston is eighth and can lock up the BCS buster bid by winning conference USA. The Cougars play Tulsa this week and would host the C-USA title game, most likely against Southern Mississippi, if they beat the Golden Hurricane.