Projected 2012 BCS Bowls – December 4th

 
 
 
 

A year of debate and consternation about the system, the teams and everything in between has come to a close. With 14 weeks in the books, we’re finally at the moment where the BCS is readying its slate of games.

Are we headed for a rematch in the title game? Or is Oklahoma State going to get the support they need to make a trip to the title game?

Whether you agree with it or not, the BCS certainly has delivered the framework for another slate of interesting games, and when the bowls are announced Sunday night, we’ll have the opportunity to revel in some really solid college football matchups.

For reference, the at-large selection order for the 2012 bowl slate (after hosting contracts have been filled and the NCG is filled) is: Fiesta, Sugar, Orange.

BCS National Championship Game: LSU Tigers (BCS No. 1) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (BCS No. 2)

Comment: Risky as this prediction is, the public’s view point has been swayed, and there’s no denying it. LSU deserves this bid, no doubt, but so does Oklahoma State. The 174 voters will have to own up to their selections tomorrow, and how can they justify denying Oklahoma State its first shot at LSU when Alabama already had its shot?

Rose Bowl: Oregon Ducks (Pac-12 Champion) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Champion)

Comment: Two teams that simply needed to cash in opportunities in their respective conference championship games to get to the Rose Bowl did just that, as Oregon and Wisconsin were victorious in the Pac-12 and Big Ten’s first annual championship games. Oregon took care of UCLA while Wisconsin took care of Michigan State, and now the two will meet in Pasadena on Jan. 2.

Sugar Bowl: Alabama Crimson Tide (At-large selection) vs. Boise State Broncos (At-large selection)

Comment: Not losing Alabama to the title game slots them right into the Sugar Bowl, as the bowl will be ecstatic to grab an SEC team with its first replacement selection.

Pitting Boise State against Alabama would be an intriguing matchup for the Sugar Bowl, plus the growing national appeal of the Broncos could be attractive for the Sugar Bowl.

Orange Bowl: Clemson Tigers (ACC Champion) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (Big East Champion)

Comment: Clemson, early season surprises and then surprising entrants in the national title conversation, saw their stock slide dramatically in the middle of the season. But the Tigers persevered, clinching a spot in the ACC title game. Then, when faced with a Virginia Tech team they had already beaten this season, the Tigers put on a show, and will represent the conference in the Orange Bowl as ACC champs.

A tie atop the final regular season standings among West Virginia, Louisville and Cincinnati turned the onus for deciding the conference’s BCS participant to the BCS standings. When the standings are released late Sunday night, West Virginia will likely be the one to grab that tiebreaker by finishing highest among the three in the final set of BCS standings.

Fiesta Bowl: Stanford Cardinal (At-large selection) vs. Michigan Wolverines (At-large selection)

Comment: Losing Oklahoma State to the title game, the Fiesta Bowl receives the second replacement pick, and with no strong Big 12 team to support the Fiesta Bowl, don’t be surprised if they call Michigan’s name. Of course, the Wolverines will have to be eligible, but it seems that Michigan will just get enough support tomorrow to make itself available for this game.

Stanford’s growing national appeal should be enough to allow the Cardinal to grab another BCS bowl bid. Plus, as a top-four BCS team, Stanford being left out of the BCS would look unfortunate for the BCS as a whole.


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  1. Bill
    2011-12-03
    22:39:08

    Only comment I have is when/if Stanford is #4, then they will get an automatic bid per the BCS rules.

     
  2. Bill
    2011-12-03
    22:43:46

    Never mind, Alabama will get the automatic #3 slot if they drop down, so it's not automatic for stanford .. only if OSU is #3

     
  3. Shaun
    2011-12-03
    22:55:02

    How can Boise State go to a BCS game when they didn't win their conference?? I thought that non AQ teams had to win conference.

     
  4. larry
    2011-12-03
    23:24:55

    I thought same thing bout boise as for bama had there shot so did osu they lost to Iowa state so don't go there..its a damn shame if bama is not in national title because noone and I mean noone can beat them..they beat thereselves how can voters think a team w a defense ranked 107 deserves to be in title game is crazy get real I don't think they will beat Stanford...

     
  5. Jeff Stockton (Honolulu Hawaii)
    2011-12-04
    00:53:05

    Boise still qualifies as an at large selection. To receive an automatic bid they would need to finish in the top 12 and win the conference -or- finish in the top 16, win their conference, and finish higher than a BCS auto bid conference.

     
  6. Jeff Stockton Hawaii
    2011-12-04
    01:36:47

    Boise still qualifies as an at large selection. To receive an automatic bid they would need to finish in the top 12 and win the conference -or- finish in the top 16, win their conference, and finish higher than a BCS auto bid conference..................................

     
  7. Ttowner
    2011-12-04
    04:54:11

    Hey Bama... Get a kicker... Win all your games... Play a tougher schedule (Kent State, North Texas, D II Georgia Southern???) If one of the coaches and friends from another sport died traumatically the day of your game do you think it might affect your ability to refocus? Above all win all you games or chance fate... How bout a play off now?

     
  8. jake
    2011-12-04
    06:17:03

    Ttowner how does leading the entire game and blowing a lead constitute not being able to refocus.

     
  9. RTR
    2011-12-04
    06:34:15

    @ttowner - death of 2 BASKETBALL coaches vs. The aftermath of an F-5 TORNADO in your town. You, my friend, are a jerkoff.

     
  10. RTR
    2011-12-04
    06:35:02

    @ttowner - death of 2 BASKETBALL coaches vs. The aftermath of an F-5 TORNADO in your town. You, my friend, are a jerkoff

     
  11. RTR
    2011-12-04
    06:35:29

    @ttowner - death of 2 BASKETBALL coaches vs. The aftermath of an F-5 TORNADO in your town. You, my friend, are a jerk*ff

     
  12. WarDamnCowPoke
    2011-12-04
    07:24:16

    Hey RTR ... that "healing process" takes time. The tornadoes were in April my friend. Sure the ESPN special was in November, but does that really count. Enjoy the SUGAR Bowl. BTW: Keenum for Heisman.

     
  13. Not an Expert
    2011-12-04
    08:45:24

    KSU gets the automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl if OSU goes to the NC. Don't you know the rules?

     
  14. idontno63
    2011-12-04
    09:08:22

    lets see osu play lsu in the seasons title game see what the point difference is then we will know who would be or would have been the best canidate for the tilte game.....roll tide

     
  15. Chris in NC
    2011-12-04
    12:58:03

    As Michigan found out in 2006: No rematches. Bama had their chance and blew it. Plus it was, by far, the ugliest game of the year from major teams.

     
  16. Danny
    2011-12-04
    14:43:13

    Hey Larry. LSU beat Bama, Oklahoma State has more wins against top 25 opponents and bowl eligible teams. Oklahoma State lost in double OT on the road. The same day they lost, they found out that their women's basketball coaches dies in a plane crash. There was also a questionable call on a last second field goal that would have won the game for the pokes. Bama lost at home in single OT. They had their chance at home against the Tigers and lost. Now it's Okie State's chance. Nuff said!