Final Projected 2011 BCS Bowls – December 5th
The 2011 BCS Bowls have been announced, check out the matchups HERE.
The regular season is over, automatic BCS bowl bids have been claimed.
The question now is, where will those teams end up? And who picks up the at-large bids?
BCS National Championship Game: Auburn Tigers (BCS No. 1) vs. Oregon Ducks (BCS No. 2)
Comment: It’s been more than a month since this projection has changed, and the Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks certainly looked the part on Saturday. Both clinched spots in the title game with convincing victories and will make for one of — if not the most — entertaining BCS title games in the BCS era.
Rose Bowl: TCU Horned Frogs (At-large selection) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Champion)
Comment: By finishing third in the final BCS standings, TCU will be afforded an automatic at-large bid to the BCS. And with Pac-10 champion Oregon on their way to the BCS title game, TCU will make their way to the Rose Bowl due to a much-discussed clause in the BCS selection process.
Waiting for the Horned Frogs will be Wisconsin, who claims the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the Rose Bowl on the strength of the BCS standings tiebreaker by finishing at No. 5 in the standings tomorrow. The Badgers and Frogs may be disappointed to fall short of the BCS title game, but this Rose Bowl matchup could be among the best games of the bowl season.
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12 Champion) vs. Connecticut Huskies (Big East Champion)
Comment: As the Big 12 champion, the Oklahoma Sooners will be on their way to the Fiesta Bowl, fulfilling the Fiesta Bowl’s contractual agreement with the conference to host their champion if they do not play in the BCS National Championship Game.
After locking down the Big 12 Champion Sooners, the Fiesta won’t be able to pick their second team until every other bowl has made their selection, and that will likely leave them with but one choice. The Big East champion Connecticut Huskies are likely to fall all the way to the Fiesta Bowl, and whether they like it or not, the Fiesta Bowl will be required to take them with this final pick.
Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies (ACC Champion) vs. Stanford Cardinal (At-large selection)
Comment: By defeating Florida State in the ACC Championship Game, but falling short of the BCS title game, the Hokies will be on their way to the Orange Bowl as ACC Champs.
With the Hokies locked down, the Orange Bowl will be faced with a tough decision between bringing UConn or Stanford to Florida. With an eye towards creating the best matchup, Stanford’s 11-1 record will look very attractive to the Orange Bowl committee, and will be hard to pass up in this position.
Sugar Bowl: Arkansas Razorbacks (At-large selection) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (At-large selection)
Comment: With Auburn on their way to the BCS title game, the Sugar Bowl will receive the first replacement pick and will look to replace Auburn with another SEC team. Waiting for that selection is Arkansas, seemingly a lock to receive the Sugar Bowl’s admiration after beating LSU last weekend.
After selecting their replacement for Auburn, the Sugar Bowl will get the next pick, and fawning over the opportunity to bring Ohio State to Louisiana, will jump at the opportunity and select the Buckeyes with their second at-large selection.
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