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11/14/2011

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Patrick Watters

Always a good synopsis of things college football, thanks and I agree. Although, Oregon vs. LSU rematch would be enticing at this point. :-)

Magali

Alabama vs. Virginia Tech is probably the saddest thing I've ever seen

MM

I don't get it. Cincinnati's not even in the top-25 as of now.

Mike

Doesn't Boise State get an automatic berth if it remains ranked higher than 12th?

Mike

Or, maybe Houston? One of those might finish the year ahead of Wisconsin and in the top 16.

Mike

Oh wait, they only have to be in the top 16 since if they do so, they will certainly finish above the Big East (Cincinnati) champ. That leaves only 1 at large bid left for either Stanford or VTech.

Acgioe

Houston would replace VA Tech provided Houston wins out.

Fighting for the only at-large would be Stanford, the loser of the ACC championship (VA Tech in this scenario), and possibly a 2-loss Big Ten team (whichever 10-2 team from the Legends division that doesn't get into the Big-10 championship game) that squeaks into the BCS top 14.

Hank

That's exactly right. Even though Boise State is currently ranked tenth, a non-AQ school must be a conference champion to get an at-large bid, so they're out. Cincinnati gets an automatic bid as the Big East champ, even though they aren't any good. (This is how UConn ended up in the Fiesta Bowl last year.) If Houston wins out -- and finishes in the top 16 -- they would get the non-AQ bid, likely bumping Virginia Tech.

So you see, it all makes perfect sense.

SM

If OSU loses, it's possible Oregon would jump Alabama, here's why:

-Alabama is out of the SEC championship, while Oregon is undoubtedly going to the PAC 12 championship. That's one more game and one more week to impress voters.

-Additionally, Alabama has only beaten two bowl-eligible teams. Oregon has beaten five.

Say all you want about the strength of the SEC, but when Alabama is facing teams like Kent State, North Texas, and Georgia Southern, it's possible that at the end of the day Oregon will head back to the BCS Championship and Stanford could snag the spot in the Rose Bowl.

Granted, this all depends on an Oklahoma State loss.

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