The BCS bowl projections are a lot more clear cut this year than is often the case. We know for sure that if Oregon and Auburn win their last games then they will meet in the BCS Title Game for the college football national championship in Glendale, Arizona on January 10, 2010. And if neither loses then we also know it will be Wisconsin versus TCU in the Rose Bowl, the No. 2 BCS bowl this year.
But the match ups in the three remaining BCS bowls – the Sugar, Fiesta, and Orange Bowls – will be determined by the BCS rankings resulting from the outcomes of the conference championship games and various final games of the season. The current contenders include Oklahoma, Stanford, Connecticut , Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Ohio State, Nebraska, and Michigan State as a long shot. However, we can make BCS bowl predictions based on the current BCS rankings as shown below.
The NCAA 2010 Bowl Championship Series (BCS)
The 2010 Rose Bowl
Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Current Projection: TCU vs. Wisconsin
The 2010 Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 1, 8 p.m., ESPN
Current Projection: Oklahoma vs. Stanford
The 2010 Orange Bowl
Jan. 3, 8 p.m., ESPN
Current Projection: Connecticut vs. Virginia Tech
The 2010 Sugar Bowl
Jan. 4, 8 p.m., ESPN
Current Projection: Arkansas vs. Ohio State
The 2010 BCS National Championship
Jan. 10, 8 p.m., ESPN
Current Projection: Oregon vs. Auburn
2010 BCS Notes
BCS rankings once again played a big role in the tiebreakers of various conferences. In the Big 12 Oklahoma got the nod over Oklahoma State for the Big 12 championship game against Nebraska this year on the basis of a higher BCS ranking. And Wisconsin got the nod over both Ohio State and Michigan State as the BIg 10 Champ with their higher BCS ranking.
Nebraska beating Oklahoma on the Big 12 Championship Game would reshuffle several BCS possibilities, as would a loss by Virginia Tech in their final game against Florida State, but very few other games (aside from Auburn and Oregon’s final match ups) have an impact on the BCS bowls.
Some college football pundits are complaining that it is not right that one close loss by Boise State knocks them completely out of BCS bowl contention and relegates them to a minor bowl. And while that argument does bear some weight (and is a fair knock on the current BCS system), ultimately strength of schedule must play a big role in any fair ranking of teams.
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