For all those SEC haters, there's a chance the conference that has won six straight BCS championships will be left out of the title game this year.

While Alabama sits solidly atop the BCS standings, the Crimson Tide face No. 5 LSU in Death Valley on Saturday. Since 2010, Alabama is 30-4 with two of those losses coming against the Tigers.

An Alabama loss Saturday would drop the Tide in the rankings behind Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon -- as long as those three schools remain unbeaten.

The Wildcats have four games remaining with its two toughest -- Saturday vs. Oklahoma State and Dec. 1 against Texas -- at home.

The Irish should ease into their season finale at USC on Nov. 24.

The Ducks have the toughest remaining schedule of the group -- playing at USC, at California, vs. Stanford and at Oregon State.

But even if Alabama losses, the SEC champion will be waiting for a BCS title berth if two of those other teams falter. After Oregon, the SEC has the next four teams in the BCS standings.

- Jeffrey Tomik