Projected BCS Bowls – October 10th
Alabama lost. What an unusual sight.
So what does it do to the projected BCS bowls?
Well, strike up the chant for a new contender in the BCS National Championship Game, and new teams in three of the four BCS bowls.
BCS National Championship Game: Oregon Ducks (BCS No. 1) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (BCS No. 2)
Rose Bowl: Boise State Broncos (Automatic at-large selection) vs. Michigan State Spartans (At-large selection)
Comment: Watch out, Michigan State is undefeated and has an fortuitous Big Ten schedule — they don’t play Ohio State — and could very easily make their way through the season with a single loss or even as a surprising undefeated Big Ten contender.
Boise State might be the No. 1 team when the BCS rankings come out next weekend, but they’ll struggle to keep their profile high as their upcoming competition will not look good on a resume, even if it is an unblemished one.
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12 Champion) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (Big East Champion)
Comment: West Virginia had an easy time with UNLV — not exactly test that proved much about the Mountaineers, but still a test that needed to be passed.
With UConn’s loss to Rutgers and USF’s loss to Syracuse, it looks more and more like West Virginia is the class of the Big East.
Oklahoma was idle.
Orange Bowl: TCU Horned Frogs (At-large selections) vs. Florida State Seminoles (ACC Champion)
Comment: TCU coasted while Florida State looked like a revived team against instate rival Miami, and now take over their spot as the projected ACC Champions.
Could either of these teams run the table and make a run at the national championship game? Yes, but it would be tough work.
Both have tests remaining, but look good to make their way towards a BCS bowl.
Sugar Bowl: Nebraska Cornhuskers (At-large selection) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC Champion)
Comment: With their loss Alabama is down, but in no means out of the chase for the SEC Championship.
LSU, Auburn and Florida look iffy, and if South Carolina falters down the stretch against their tough SEC test against them, Alabama could easily be back on its way to the SEC Championship Game and a BCS Bowl.
Nebraska took out previously undefeated Kansas State in an easy Thursday night matchup.
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