BCS Watch

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It is time for the first edition of this year’s BCS Watch.  The first BCS standings come out next Sunday night and the BCS watch is alive and well for the Tigers.  Each week TheClemsonInsider.com will take a look at the battle for the Bowl Championship Series.

After week seven the ACC has two teams, Clemson and Florida State,  ranked in the top five in the nation in the latest USA Today coaches poll.  The winner of Saturday night’s game will take command of the Atlantic Division but also be positioned to make a run for the BCS Championship Game.  The loser will still be very much in the mix for a BCS bowl if they can win the remainder of their games.

Unless things change dramatically down the stretch it looks like the two teams that will play in the BCS Championship Game will be the champions of the ACC, the SEC, the PAC 12 or Ohio State.  Louisville has a great chance to run the table and go undefeated but the computer ranking will likely keep them out of the title game.

Go to this link to see the BCS selection procedures.

Bowl Hosts

Unless they qualify for the National Championship Game the champions of these conference are contractually committed to host the following bowls

ACC – Orange Bowl

Big Ten – Rose

Big 12 – Fiesta

PAC 12 – Rose

SEC – Sugar

 

Selection Order

1. The top two teams in the final BCS standings will meet in the BCS National Championship game

2. If a bowl loses a conference champion to the BCS Championship Game they will be able to select a replacement before any other selections are made.  If two bowls lose their host team to the BCS Championship Game the bowl with the No. 1 BCS team will get first selection.  A bowl selecting a replacement team can not select a host team for another bowl.

3. Once the replacement teams are set and the bowl host teams are in place the bowls will fill the remaining slots by selecting in the following order:

Orange first, Sugar second, Fiesta third

 

The Contenders

TCI breaks down the BCS contenders and long shots from each conference:

ACC

Serious Contenders

Clemson 6-0 (Oct. 19 vs. FSU, Nov. 30 at South Carolina)

Florida State 5-0 (Oct. 19 at Clemson, Nov. 2 vs. Miami, Nov. 30 at Florida)

Miami 5-0 (Nov. 2 at FSU, Nov. 9 vs. Virginia Tech)

Virginia Tech 6-1 (Nov. 9 at Miami)

 

SEC

Serious Contenders

Alabama 6-0 (Nov. 9 vs. LSU, Nov. 16 at Miss. State, Nov. 30 at Auburn)

LSU 6-1 (Oct. 19 at Ole Miss, Nov. 9 at Alabama, Nov. 23 vs. Texas A&M)

Texas A&M 5-1 (Oct. 19 vs. Auburn, Nov. 23 at LSU, Nov. 30 at Missouri)

Contenders

Missouri 6-0 (Oct. 19 vs. Florida, Oct. 26 vs. South Carolina, Nov. 23 at Ole Miss, Nov. 30 Texas A&M)

Georgia 4-2 (Nov. 2 vs. Florida, Nov. 16 at Auburn)

South Carolina 5-1 (Oct. 19 at Tennessee, Oct. 26 at Missouri, Nov. 16 vs. Florida)

Florida 4-2 (Oct. 19 at Missouri, Nov. 2 vs. Georgia, Nov. 16 at South Carolina)

 

Big 12

Serious Contenders

Baylor 5-0 (Nov. 7 vs. Oklahoma, Nov. 16 vs. Texas Tech, Nov. 23 at Okl. State, Dec. 7 vs Texas)

Texas Tech 6-0 (Oct. 26 at Oklahoma, Nov. 2 vs. Okl. State, Nov. 16 vs. Baylor, Nov. 28 at Texas)

Oklahoma 5-1 (Oct. 26 vs. Texas Tech, Nov. 7 at Baylor, Dec. 7 at Okl. State)

Contenders

Texas 4-2 (Nov. 16 vs. Okl. State, Nov. 28 vs. Texas Tech, Dec. 7 at Baylor)

Oklahoma State 4-1 (Nov. 2 at Texas Tech, Nov. 16 at Texas, Nov. 23 vs. Baylor, Dec. 7 vs. Oklahoma)

 

Pac-12

Serious Contenders

Oregon 6-0 (Oct. 26 vs. UCLA, Nov. 7 at Stanford, Nov. 29 vs. Oregon State)

UCLA 5-0 (Oct. 19 at Stanford, Oct. 26 at Oregon, Nov. 15 vs. Washington)

Stanford 5-1 (Oct. 19 vs. UCLA, Oct. 26 at Oregon State, Nov. 7 Oregon)

Contenders

Oregon State 5-1 (Oct. 26 vs. Stanford, Nov. 23 vs. Washington, Nov. 29 at Oregon)

 

Independents/Mid Majors

Notre Dame gets automatic bid if they are in the  top 8 of the final BCS rankings

Winners of Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West or Sun Belt earn automatic bid if they are in final 12 of BCS rankings or finish in top 16 of BCS rankings and ahead of an AQ conference champion

Contenders

Notre Dame 4-2 (Oct. 19 vs. Southern Cal, Nov. 30 at Stanford)

Fresno State 5-0 (Oct. 26 at San Diego St., Nov. 2 vs. Nevada, Nov. 29 at San Jose St.)

Northern Illinois 6-0 (Oct. 19 at Central Michigan, Nov. 13 vs. Ball State, Nov. 20 at Toledo)

 

Big Ten

Serious Contenders

Ohio State 6-0 (Nov. 30 at Michigan)

Contenders

Michigan 5-1 (Nov. 2 at Michigan State, Nov. 9 vs. Nebraska, Nov. 16 at Northwestern, Nov. 30 vs. Ohio State)

Michigan State 5-1 (Nov. 2 vs. Michigan, Nov. 16 at Nebraska, Nov. 23 at Northwestern)

Nebraska 5-1 (Nov. 2 vs. Northwestern, Nov. 9 at Michigan, Nov. 16 vs. Michigan State)

Wisconsin 4-2 (Nov. 2 at Iowa, Nov. 23 at Minnesota)

 

American Athletic

Serious Contenders

Louisville 6-0 (Oct. 18 vs. UCF, Oct. 26 at South Florida, Dec. 5 at Cincinnati)

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