BCS Standings 2012: Who Benefits If Big Ten, ACC Can't Fill Their Bowl Spots?

Luke Pashke@@luke_pashkeCorrespondent INovember 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 28:  Bernard Reedy #11 of the Toledo Rockets rushes for a touchdown after catching a pass in front of Jamil Cooks #46 of the Air Force Falcons during the second half of the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium on December 28, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Due to overall poor play combined with postseason bans and program sanctions, the ACC and the Big Ten may not be as well represented as they normally are during bowl season. The Big Ten's best team, Ohio State, is undefeated but banned from post season play as well as Penn State, another bowl-eligible team from the B1G.

In the ACC, Miami sits at a bowl-eligible 7-5 but have imposed some self-sanctions that include a bowl ban for this season. Combine this with four teams with below-.500 records and the ACC will be underrepresented in this year's bowl games.

While this is extremely bad news for these teams and their respected conferences, it does open the doors for a few non-BCS teams that have managed to compile bowl-eligible records. Normally some of these teams would be overlooked for bigger programs from conferences like the ACC and the B1G but like they always say, "one man's pain is another man's pleasure."

Take Toledo, for instance.

The Rockets sit at fourth in the Mid-American conference and normally would miss out on an invitation to the Military Bowl, but due to the ACC's shortage of representatives, they could very easily sneak into this respectable bowl. 

Other programs that could benefit from these conference's misfortune could be a Big 12 team, like Iowa State or Baylor. Normally a lower-tier B1G team would feature in the TicketCity Bowl, but a lack of eligible B1G teams could force a fringe Big 12 team to feature in the annual bowl game instead.

Other bowl games that may be scrambling for a team to invite include the Little Caesar's Bowl and the Independence Bowl. Look for a Sun Belt team like Arkansas State or Middle Tennessee State to step up and participate in the Little Caesar's Bowl, and as for the Independence Bowl, well that's anyone's best guess, but you have to think that smaller conference teams will have a better opportunity than they normally do.

These post season bans also keep an at-large team like Ohio State out of the BCS picture, which could open the door for a non-BCS at-large hopeful like Boise State or Kent State to sneak into a BCS bowl.

Yes, one man's pain is certainly another man's pleasure, and this bowl season is definitely one of the best to be a non-BCS option.


Here are the complete BCS standings after 13 weeks.


 1. Notre Dame
 2. Alabama
 3. Georgia
 4. Florida
 5. Oregon
 6. Kansas State
 7. LSU
 8. Stanford
 9. Texas A&M
 10. South Carolina
 11. Oklahoma
 12. Nebraska
 13. Florida State
 14. Clemson
 15. Oregon State
 16. UCLA
 17. Kent State
 18. Texas
 19. Michigan
 20. Boise State
 21. Northern Illinois
 22. Northwestern
 23. Oklahoma State
 24. Utah State
 25. San Jose State