Looking Ahead We're heading into the end of season 2. I thought this would be a good time to see how things were lining up for our remaining programs as we round the corner and head into season 3. Washington State: Despite the recent CPU loss, the Cougars are a lock to pick up their third star. At 7-3 and ranked at #24, WSU has one tough game (Washington) left on their schedule. Likely finish: Washington: The Huskies are on the cusp of earning their 5th star, but they'll need some wins to get there. They face #8 Oregon this week and then finish with #24 Washington State. If they can win those games, they should find themselves in the top 15 and in great position to earn that 5th star. Likely finish: Alabama: The Tide has fought hard to maintain their status as an elite program. At 7-3 and ranked #14, they seem to be in a very safe position to keep their 5th star. If they win out, they have an outside shot of finding themselves in the top 5, but they'll need a lot of help to get there. Likely finish: Utah: The Utes are sitting at 8-2 and ranked #18. They are in great shape to earn back their 4th star. Likely finish: Wisconsin: The Badgers are also 8-2 and in a great position to contend for the Big Ten Title. Ranked at #12, they might have room to lose one more game and still finish in the top 15. They will likely face Michigan in Indianapolis, which will be a challenge, but I think they could lose that game and still be in a good position in the polls. A win, however, would thwart the Wolverines title run and send the Badgers to another Rose Bowl. Likely finish: South Carolina: The 'Cocks are sitting pretty at #2 and 9-2. They will need to win out to earn their 6th star, but they seem to be in control of their own destiny. Likely finish: Arkansas: The Hogs are also in great shape at #3 and 9-1. Rumor has it, however, that technical difficulties could set them back. If they win their remaining games, Arkansas is a lock to earn their 6th star. Likely finish: Michigan: It's good to be #1. Michigan is 10-0 with games remaining against Purdue and an Ohio State program that is in turmoil. Michigan seems to be a lock for Indianapolis and a lock to earn back their 5th star. Likely finish: Arizona: The Wildcats seem to be on their way to another Pac-12 title game and, at #11 and 9-2, they seem to be in great position to earn their 5th star. They may need to win out to accomplish that, but it seems to be well within reach. Likely finish: Michigan State: The Spartans are 9-1 and ranked #4 in the country. They host Ohio State and Iowa to finish out the season. Their lone loss was to Michigan, which puts them out of the Big Ten title game. If Sparty can win out, they have a very slim shot at the title game and a likely BCS at-large bid. If they can finish 12-1, they'll achieve their team goal of earning that 6th star. Likely finish: Note: I was hoping to include more detail on the remaining games and conference title outlooks, but the dynasty wire is down so I had to work from the last weekly update email.