In brief: Broncos can strengthen case
Football: No. 3 Boise State has what figures to be the best chance to state its BCS case tonight when the Broncos meet once-beaten Nevada.
At stake could be something far greater than a conference title. Depending on what happens earlier in the day, it’s conceivable that Boise State could be playing for a spot in the BCS title game, something no team from the Western Athletic Conference could ever have thought possible.
Things would have to break Boise State’s way for the Broncos to make the Jan. 10 title game in Arizona, but for the first time all season there seems to be a path leading there. Oregon and Auburn, the top two teams in the country, are playing games they could lose today – particularly Auburn against Alabama – and TCU has no more big tests left to cement a precarious hold on the No. 3 spot in the BCS standings.
Boise St. at Nevada: 7 p.m. on ESPN
Ducks-Wildcats known to be wild
Football: The wild recent history between Oregon and Arizona seemed to peak last season when overzealous Wildcats fans readied to rush the field to celebrate what looked to be a victory over the Ducks.
Instead, fans left disappointed after Oregon tied it with 6 seconds left and went on to win 44-41 in the second overtime.
In 2007, the Ducks were ranked No. 2 in the nation when they visited Tucson. They left with a 34-24 defeat.
This time around, the No. 1 Ducks can clinch a BCS berth today when the No. 20 Wildcats visit Autzen Stadium. Oregon can also lock up at least a share of the conference title with a victory.
Arizona at Oregon:
4 p.m. on ESPN
Auburn sitting on hot seat
Football: The heat is on No. 2 Auburn in this Iron Bowl.
The Tigers are unbeaten and vying for a national title shot going into today’s game at No. 9 Alabama, which was in that same spot the past two years.
For all its statewide glory, this is the first time since the 1994 Iron Bowl that both teams have been in the top 10.
Auburn at Alabama: 11:30 a.m. on CBS