Column: Fitting ending in cards for final BCS

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It might not take long to begin sorting things out for this season’s title game. In what has to be the best Thursday night of college football ever, Oregon plays BCS No. 5 Stanford and Baylor (BCS No. 6) takes on Oklahoma (BCS No. 10). That’s followed on Saturday with everyone’s No. 1 Alabama playing at home against LSU, the No. 13 team in the BCS rankings.

Still, there’s a very real possibility that the season will end with more than one unbeaten team for the first time since 2010. If it ends up with more than two, it will be a lot harder justifying how to keep those teams out than it was then brushing aside TCU in favor of Auburn and Oregon.

Fans will be howling, though it could still lead to some intriguing games. Imagine the traditional Rose Bowl conference pairing on New Year’s Day between Oregon and Ohio State, followed five days later by Alabama and Florida State on the same field.

Could happen, with the winners then playing for the real national title.

Oh, wait. That’s not until next season.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg

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