BCS Selection Show 2012-13: Bubble Teams Praying for a BCS Miracle

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IDecember 1, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 30:  Winning quarterback Jordan Lynch #6 of the Northern Illinois Huskies is presented with the Player of the Game trophy from MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher after defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes 44-37 during the Mid-American Conference Championship game at Ford Field on November 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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We're all but done with projecting the college football bowl season. On Sunday night, the BCS Selection Show will help clear up all the projections for good.

There are sure to be matchups and teams that miss the cut that surprise us all, but of course, the top of the standings and rankings gives us enough information to put together most of the games on our own.

Still, there's a few teams still alive in the BCS hunt. Northern Illinois took care of business in the MAC championship behind QB Jordan Lynch's big day. They also did so on a night only one other college football game was on (something to think about with voters).

The Huskies aren't the only ones that have a BCS case.

Here's a look at three teams that are praying that the BCS slot machine will come up sevens for their bowl chances on Sunday night. Keep in mind—non-automatic qualifiers must finish in the Top 16 and ahead of a conference winner to gain an automatic spot in a BCS game.


When: December 2 at 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET 

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3


Northern Illinois

As noted in the introduction, the Huskies weren't supposed to play spoiler to Kent State's BCS dreams. But the Golden Flashes came up empty in the second overtime, and the BCS mess is now ensuing.

The Huskies got the loss they needed from UCLA (No. 16) on Saturday night. Texas (in action against No. 6 Kansas State) would also need to lose for the Huskies to have a legitimate claim.

If that should happen, Northern Illinois' main competition would be Louisville, currently unranked. It's highly unlikely they move back into the Top 16, so it would just be a numbers game the rest of the way. Still, voters might not be impressed with a MAC team that lost to Iowa and only beat Army by one.



The Tigers were forced to watch Florida State and Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship, despite only losing to the Noles and South Carolina on the season.

This offense is scary. Tajh Boyd was just named ACC MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, and they can score in bunches with more than one weapon.

It looks like the committee will put their résumé up against Oklahoma's for a shot at the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma's two losses are to teams in the Top Six of the BCS, while Clemson's are also to two teams in the Top 10.

Location might doom the Tigers. The Sugar Bowl is in New Orleans, and Oklahoma might be a better draw for fans than Clemson. It's clear that Dabo Swinney's team is up against the wall when it comes to the BCS.


Boise State

Idle this week, the Mountain West champions need a lot to happen to make their case. UCLA and Texas would need to drop below the fighting Broncos.

Also, Nebraska would need to lose big and Wisconsin would have to stay below Boise State. Additionally, can the Broncos jump the MAC champion Northern Illinois after an impressive display in Week 14.

Of the three, it seems Boise State has the hardest path to the BCS. There's still an outside shot as the championship game scores come rolling in on Friday night, but Boise State might once again be doomed by the conference in which they participate.


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.