Over the 14 year history of the BCS, 19 non-AQ (automatic qualifier) teams have technically been in position to be BCS “Busters,” with only a mere seven making it to an actual BCS bowl.
Of the seven who actually were lucky enough to receive an at-large bid to the big money dance, four were Mountain West members and three came from the WAC.
This means that no team from the MAC, C-USA or the Sun Belt has ever made it to a BCS-sanctioned postseason game.
Additionally, no independent squad other than Notre Dame (the Irish are 0-3 in BCS play) has ever garnered a BCS bowl bid.
All this fascinating data leads us to the provocative question of which non-AQ teams—if any—can smash through in 2012-13 and be the first BCS Busters since TCU went to the Rose Bowl after the 2010 season.
This is a question that becomes obviously more difficult to answer with Boise State already at one loss and regular busters TCU and Utah now members of BCS-AQ conferences.
And the situation becomes decidedly more fraught when you add in the fact that after only two weeks of football there are no undefeated teams remaining in C-USA or the Mountain West.
The following slideshow pinpoints and then power ranks (for your pleasure) seven squads that have a potential BCS party crash on the cards this season.
But, no matter how you slice it or dice it, these teams will have one of the steepest slopes in all of sport to climb to make it.
Yes, let’s keep in mind that of the 124 teams who have participated in the BCS festivities since its inception in 1998, only seven, or five percent, have been non-AQ teams.