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BCS Standings 2013: Week 10 BCS Rankings and Bowl Game Projections

Brian PedersenFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2013

BCS Standings 2013: Week 10 BCS Rankings and Bowl Game Projections

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    With another week of the 2013 college football season in the books comes two things that every fan wants to know: the latest BCS standings and an updated projection of how all 35 bowl games will look.

    In case you haven't seen them, here's how the Week 10 standings panned out:

    1. Alabama

    2. Oregon

    3. Florida State

    4. Ohio State

    5. Stanford

    6. Baylor

    7. Miami (Fla.)

    8. Clemson

    9. Missouri

    10. Oklahoma

    11. Auburn

    12. Texas A&M

    13. LSU

    14. South Carolina

    15. Texas Tech

    16. Fresno State

    17. Northern Illinois

    18. Oklahoma State

    19. Louisville

    20. UCLA

    21. Michigan

    22. Michigan State

    23. UCF

    24. Wisconsin

    25. Notre Dame

    While those standings will mostly be used to determine the lineup for the five BCS bowls, they can also help project the other 30 postseason games.

    Click through the slides to see who we have playing who, when and where. Then give us your thoughts in the comments thread.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

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    With another week of the 2013 college football season in the books comes two things that every fan wants to know: the latest BCS standings and an updated projection of how all 35 bowl games will look.

    In case you haven't seen them, here's how the Week 10 standings panned out:

    1. Alabama

    2. Oregon

    3. Florida State

    4. Ohio State

    5. Stanford

    6. Baylor

    7. Miami (Fla.)

    8. Clemson

    9. Missouri

    10. Oklahoma

    11. Auburn

    12. Texas A&M

    13. LSU

    14. South Carolina

    15. Texas Tech

    16. Fresno State

    17. Northern Illinois

    18. Oklahoma State

    19. Louisville

    20. UCLA

    21. Michigan

    22. Michigan State

    23. UCF

    24. Wisconsin

    25. Notre Dame

    While those standings will mostly be used to determine the lineup for the five BCS bowls, they can also help project the other 30 postseason games.

    Click through the slides to see who we have playing who, when and where. Then give us your thoughts in the comments thread.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

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    With another week of the 2013 college football season in the books comes two things that every fan wants to know: the latest BCS standings and an updated projection of how all 35 bowl games will look.

    In case you haven't seen them, here's how the Week 10 standings panned out:

    1. Alabama

    2. Oregon

    3. Florida State

    4. Ohio State

    5. Stanford

    6. Baylor

    7. Miami (Fla.)

    8. Clemson

    9. Missouri

    10. Oklahoma

    11. Auburn

    12. Texas A&M

    13. LSU

    14. South Carolina

    15. Texas Tech

    16. Fresno State

    17. Northern Illinois

    18. Oklahoma State

    19. Louisville

    20. UCLA

    21. Michigan

    22. Michigan State

    23. UCF

    24. Wisconsin

    25. Notre Dame

    While those standings will mostly be used to determine the lineup for the five BCS bowls, they can also help project the other 30 postseason games.

    Click through the slides to see who we have playing who, when and where. Then give us your thoughts in the comments thread.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

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    Colorado State vs. Ohio

    When: Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m. ET

    Where: Boise, Idaho

    TV: ESPN

    Jim McElwain might be deserving of some Coach of the Year votes for what he's doing in Fort Collins, and if the Rams keep winning like they have of late he'll also be taking the team to their first bowl game since 2008.

    Ohio, if this projection comes to fruition, would be returning to Boise for the second time in three years. It would also mark a fifth straight bowl appearance and sixth since 2007 for the Bobcats, who before that last made a bowl in 1968.

R and L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

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    North Texas vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

    When: Dec. 21, 9 p.m. ET

    Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

    TV: ESPN

    North Texas used to be a New Orleans Bowl mainstay, playing in this game every year between 2001 and 2004. But the Mean Green haven't made a bowl since, so to get back to this one after such a long absence (and in their first season in Conference USA) should be considered a major accomplishment.

    If Louisiana-Lafayette keeps playing in this game they might as well rename it the Ragin' Cajuns Bowl. Then again, ULL probably doesn't meant continuing to get the payoff for winning the Sun Belt Conference each year, especially since it involves a bowl game close to home.

Beef 'O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl

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    Middle Tennessee vs. Syracuse

    When: Dec. 23, 3 p.m. ET

    Where: St. Petersburg, Florida

    TV: ESPN

    Middle Tennessee made a big push toward bowl eligibility with Thursday's last-second win over Marshall, putting the Blue Raiders in a position where winning their last five games heading into the postseason is a definite possibility.

    Syracuse has been consistently inconsistent in its first season of ACC play, but the schedule lines up well enough that the Orange should be able to win three of their last five games to get eligible and take a pre-Christmas trip to Florida.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

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    Rice vs. UNLV

    When: Dec. 24, 8 p.m. ET

    Where: Honolulu, Hawaii

    TV: ESPN

    It's hard to say if this is a reward or punishment for Rice, which is lining itself up to make the Conference USA title game but likely won't be able to beat East Carolina, and thus the Owls would get sent all the way to Honolulu. Or you could just look at like this: Christmas in Hawaii!

    For UNLV, it's definitely a reward, since the Runnin' Rebels haven't made a bowl since 2000 and, with one more victory, would match their win total from the previous three seasons combined. Plus, Christmas in Hawaii!

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

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    Indiana vs. Ball State

    When: Dec. 26, 6 p.m. ET

    Where: Detroit, Michigan

    TV: ESPN

    It's the Battle of Indiana! But in Michigan!

    Assuming Indiana can actually slow an opponent or two down enough to reach bowl eligibility, it would be the school's first postseason berth since losing to Oklahoma State in the 2007 Insight Bowl.

    Ball State would be making its seventh bowl appearance, but it's still in search of its first-ever victory in a bowl. It would also give the Cardinals a chance to extend their dominance over their in-state foes, which they beat in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

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    Boise State vs. Toledo

    When: Dec. 26, 9:30 p.m. ET

    Where: San Diego, California

    TV: ESPN

    Boise State got rocked on Friday at BYU, but that didn't affect its bowl options because it was a nonconference game. The Broncos are still on pace to win their division of the Mountain West Conference, but without Joe Southwick at quarterback they'll likely be unable to beat Fresno State.

    Toledo's last two games have boosted the Rockets' bowl hopes immensely, as an overtime win over Navy and this past weekend's win at Bowling Green put them in line to be an attractive pick to fill this spot, which would normally go to Army but the Black Knights are probably not going to get to six wins this season.

Northrop Grunman Military Bowl

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    Maryland vs. Marshall

    When: Dec. 27, 2:30 p.m. ET

    Where: Annapolis, Maryland

    TV: ESPN

    Despite losing for the third time in four games, Maryland actually looked better against Clemson than it had in a month. The Terrapins' remaining schedule should provide at least two wins, more than enough to get them into this virtual home game against a school they've never faced.

    Marshall dropped a heartbreaker last Thursday at Middle Tennessee, losing on the final play of the game, and thus finds itself lower on the Conference USA bowl ladder. Still, it will be the Thundering Herd's third bowl appearance in the last five seasons after having gone five years without any postseason participation.

Texas Bowl

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    Minnesota vs. Kansas State

    When: Dec. 27, 6 p.m. ET

    Where: Houston, Texas

    TV: ESPN

    If Minnesota keeps playing like it has the last two weeks, the Golden Gophers will end up playing in a much better game that this third-tier offering. But while bowl-eligible far earlier than normal, Minnesota still must get through Wisconsin and Michigan State (on the road) to end the season before its fate is really determined.

    Kansas State still has a lot of work to do just to get into a bowl, needing to win three of its last five to finish with six victories. The Wildcats' schedule plays out so that their Nov. 16 visit from TCU will determine they go bowling or not.

Fight Hunger Bowl

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    Brigham Young vs. Washington

    When: Dec. 27, 9:30 p.m. ET

    Where: San Francisco, California

    TV: ESPN

    BYU, as part of its attempt to be the Notre Dame of the West, has set up specific deals with different bowls to play in a specific game each year if the Cougars become bowl-eligible. BYU had a similar arrangement with the Poinsettia Bowl last season, where it beat San Diego State 23-6. It was a risky move to lock itself into a relatively low-end bowl, especially if BYU keeps winning and finishes with nine or 10 wins.

    Washington hoped for so much more from this season, but after a three-game losing streak that was just snapped over the weekend, the Huskies are probably going to end up in a low-end bowl. This one is the closest to home, and would be a nice matchup.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

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    Notre Dame vs. Rutgers

    When: Dec. 28, 12 p.m. ET

    Where: Bronx, New York

    TV: ESPN

    Notre Dame doesn't have any outstanding invitations to random bowls to fall back on this year, so unless the Fighting Irish jump from 25th into the top 14 in the BCS standings in the next six weeks they'll have to take whatever game has an unplanned opening. The Big 12 is supposed to send its seventh-best team to this one, but it looks like only six schools from that conference will be eligible to go bowling.

    Rutgers is resigned to being the fourth-best American Athletic Conference team heading into its move to the much tougher Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights' going away present from their soon-to-be-former league is a nice one: getting to play in the closest bowl game to its New Jersey campus.

Belk Bowl

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    Duke vs. Houston

    When: Dec. 28, 3:20 p.m. ET

    Where: Charlotte, North Carolina

    TV: ESPN

    Duke being bowl-eligible in October is almost unheard of, while being eligible two years in a row is unprecedented for the Blue Devils. Though they could end up in a better bowl, depending on how the next month plays out, getting to be in this near-home game for the second straight year would be a great reward for this resurgent program.

    Houston still has as good a shot at the American Athletic Conference's BCS slot as anyone, but the Cougars have to play fellow contenders UCF and Louisville on the road in back-to-back weeks. They just won at Rutgers, but unless they can beat those others away from home as well, the Cougars are probably going to Charlotte.

Russell Athletic Bowl

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    Virginia Tech vs. Louisville

    When: Dec. 28, 6:45 p.m. ET

    Where: Orlando, Florida

    TV: ESPN

    Virginia Tech's stock dropped quicker than an internet company's after the dot-com bubble burst by losing at home to Duke. The Hokies could easily lose three of their last four games, based on how they looked on Saturday, so their bowl situation is incredibly fluid.

    Louisville would get this spot by virtue of an assumption both it and UCF beat Houston, a credible projection since both host the Cougars. But the Cardinals could still sneak into the BCS if they win out and hope the American Athletic Conference gets crazy in November and early December.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

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    Texas Tech vs. Nebraska

    When: Dec. 28, 10:15 p.m., ET

    Where: Tempe, Arizona

    TV: ESPN

    Texas Tech was going to lose at some point, and now that's happened the Red Raiders must resign themselves to a mid-level bowl unless it wins out. Getting into the Cotton Bowl is still achievable, but for now Tech is heading west.

    Nebraska still has several games that could move it up or down the bowl lineup, but the Cornhuskers' last performance makes it look like they're not going to get challenging for a spot in the BCS or even a January bowl selection.

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

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    Utah State vs. Navy

    When: Dec. 30, 11:45 a.m. ET

    Where: Fort Worth, Texas

    TV: ESPN

    Utah State is already coming off back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time in school history, so getting to go a third straight year would be historic in Logan. Even more shocking would be that the Aggies did it despite losing their coach to Wisconsin and their star quarterback to a season-ending injury.

    Navy is locked into this game as part of its pre-arranged rotation of bowl participation, assuming it becomes eligible. At 4-3 the Midshipmen are on pace to do so, an achievement that was helped along greatly with their overtime win Saturday over Pittsburgh.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

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    Ole Miss vs. Wake Forest

    When: Dec. 30, 3:15 p.m. ET

    Where: Nashville, Tennessee

    TV: ESPN

    Ole Miss' bowl outlook was completely unchanged by a meaningless blowout win over Idaho, so the Rebels stay in this spot until they play a game that makes a difference. It projects to be a good matchup, whoever they face from the ACC, so there are worse things.

    Wake Forest will think it's an honorary member of the SEC after playing two of that league's teams in the span of a month, and in the same city no less, as the Demon Deacons end the season at Vanderbilt. That season finale will have a lot of bowl implications, and not just for the teams playing in it.

Valero Alamo Bowl

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    Oklahoma vs. Arizona State

    When: Dec. 30, 6:45 p.m. ET

    Where: San Antonio, Texas

    TV: ESPN

    Sooner Nation probably expects a BCS invite after beating Texas Tech at home, but the Sooners are going to miss out on the big bowls unless it can win at both Baylor and Oklahoma State. Yes, they won at Notre Dame, but the league road trips will be much more daunting and truly decide Oklahoma's bowl fate.

    Arizona State just needs to beat UCLA, on the road, and avoid making any mistakes in the rest of its games to get into the Pac-12 title game. That would give the Sun Devils a chance to get into the BCS, but more likely they'll lose to Stanford or Oregon and get sent to the Pac-12's best non-BCS bowl.

National University Holiday Bowl

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    Oklahoma State vs. UCLA

    When: Dec. 30, 10:15 p.m. ET

    Where: San Diego, California

    TV: ESPN

    So much is still to be determined for Oklahoma State, as it still has the Big 12's four best other teams left to play against. The Cowboys could end up in the Fiesta Bowl or something lower down the chain than this one, but the schedule indicates this is the safe bet right now.

    UCLA is still in control of the Pac-12 South as a way to get a BCS shot, but the Bruins have struggled of late and appear to be slipping. Regardless of how it's playing, the Holiday Bowl would love to get one of the Pac-12's LA schools in the game.

AdvoCare V100 Bowl

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    Vanderbilt vs. Pittsburgh

    When: Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m. ET

    Where: Shreveport, Louisiana

    TV: ESPN

    Vanderbilt is two wins from bowl eligibility, but the Commodores only have one gimme (vs. Kentucky) among their last four games. Unless it can pick off Florida this weekend or Tennessee in three weeks, both on the road, Vandy will go into its finale against Wake Forest needing to win to keep its season alive.

    Pittsburgh squandered a good bowl outlook-enhancing opportunity when it lost in overtime at Navy over the weekend. The Panthers have not looked good the last few weeks, but there are enough winnable games on the schedule to get them into this slot and ahead of some other ACC members.

Hyundai Sun Bowl

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    With another week of the 2013 college football season in the books comes two things that every fan wants to know: the latest BCS standings and an updated projection of how all 35 bowl games will look.

    In case you haven't seen them, here's how the Week 10 standings panned out:

    1. Alabama

    2. Oregon

    3. Florida State

    4. Ohio State

    5. Stanford

    6. Baylor

    7. Miami (Fla.)

    8. Clemson

    9. Missouri

    10. Oklahoma

    11. Auburn

    12. Texas A&M

    13. LSU

    14. South Carolina

    15. Texas Tech

    16. Fresno State

    17. Northern Illinois

    18. Oklahoma State

    19. Louisville

    20. UCLA

    21. Michigan

    22. Michigan State

    23. UCF

    24. Wisconsin

    25. Notre Dame

    While those standings will mostly be used to determine the lineup for the five BCS bowls, they can also help project the other 30 postseason games.

    Click through the slides to see who we have playing who, when and where. Then give us your thoughts in the comments thread.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

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    Florida vs. East Carolina

    When: Dec. 31, 4 p.m. ET

    Where: Memphis, Tennessee

    TV: ESPN

    Barring a complete collapse—which isn't entirely outside the realm of possibility—Florida will go at least 6-6 and thus find itself in its worst bowl slot since the Gators' 1989 Freedom Bowl appearance. And they'll probably be the underdogs going against Conference USA's champion.

    East Carolina has a loss in league play but should win its side of C-USA, and is explosive enough on offense to beat whoever comes out of the West Division. This matchup will give quarterback Shane Carden a great audition against a top defense if he were to consider going pro after his junior year.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl

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    Miami (Fla.) vs. Georgia

    When: Dec. 31, 8 p.m. ET

    Where: Atlanta, Georgia

    TV: ESPN

    The way Miami has struggled to beat inferior opponents the last two weeks, expecting the Hurricanes to win Saturday at Florida State and remain unbeaten is a difficult argument to win. Miami probably can't get into the BCS unless it still has a perfect record going into the ACC title game, meaning this is the best remaining scenario.

    Georgia is still an attractive bowl get for most of the SEC's slots, and getting the in-state team to play in Atlanta on New Year's Eve seems like a win-win for both the Bulldogs and the Georgia Dome folks. That is, assuming Georgia doesn't keep spiraling downward.

TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl

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    South Carolina vs. Michigan

    When: Jan. 1, 12 p.m. ET

    Where: Jacksonville, Florida

    TV: ESPN2

    South Carolina moved up in the BCS rankings with its win at Missouri, but unless it finds a way to still win the SEC East and then win the conference title game, the Gamecocks are playing somewhere else. This will complete the tour of Florida New Year's Day bowls after winning the Outback Bowl last season and the Capital One Bowl the year before.

    Michigan might end up in a better January bowl if it beats Michigan State and gets into the Big Ten title game, but for now the Wolverines are in line to get a chance to give Jadeveon Clowney more chances to collect YouTube hits.

Heart of Dallas Bowl

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    Tulane vs. Iowa

    When: Jan. 1, 12 p.m. ET

    Where: Dallas, Texas

    TV: ESPNU

    Any bowl game is going to be a big deal for Tulane, which hasn't been to one since 2002. The Green Wave are tied for first in Conference USA's West Division but have looked shaky of late and probably won't be able to finish higher than second. That gets them a nice New Year's Day matchup with a Big Ten foe.

    Iowa's overtime win over Northwestern all but locked up a bowl bid, which is good since three of the Hawkeyes' last four games are easily losable. After missing bowl season in 2012, getting to play on Jan. 1 (even against a Conference USA team rather than the standard SEC foes) will be well-received in Iowa City.

Capital One Bowl

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    Missouri vs. Michigan State

    When: Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET

    Where: Orlando, Florida

    TV: ABC

    Missouri was a BCS choice a week ago, but now that the Tigers have lost they fall out of the picture yet still into a nice payday with their first January bowl game since beating Arkansas in the 2008 Cotton Bowl.

    Michigan State is the de facto second-best team in the Big Ten, though that could change based on how the Spartans fare the next two weeks against Michigan and Nebraska. For now, Sparty is in line to play this game for the first time since getting worked by Alabama in Orlando in January 2011.

Outback Bowl

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    Auburn vs. Wisconsin

    When: Jan. 1, 1 p.m.

    Where: Tampa, Florida

    TV: ESPN

    Auburn isn't getting into the BCS unless it beats Alabama in the Iron Bowl, so until that happens the Tigers will have to make due with getting into one of the best non-BCS games a year after going 3-9. Hard to quibble with that kind of turnaround.

    Wisconsin is better than most two-loss teams, but the computers aren't going to care about the crazy way the Badgers lost to Arizona State; they're just going to recognize that second loss, which combined with the loss at Ohio State makes them the third-best option from the Big Ten.

AT&T Cotton Bowl

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    LSU vs. Texas

    When: Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Arlington, Texas

    TV: Fox

    The last time LSU and Texas played was 10 years ago, also in the Cotton Bowl, but that was in the actual Cotton Bowl and not in the Dallas Cowboys' massive stadium.

    If LSU beats both Texas A&M and Alabama it could find itself in a different January bowl, but projections say that's not going to happen this year.

    Texas can still win the Big 12, which is very possible, but not probable. Instead, getting to ply in front of a decidedly home-like crowd will have to suffice.

BBVA Compass Bowl

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    Tennessee vs. Cincinnati

    When: Jan. 4, 1 p.m.

    Where: Birmingham, Alabama

    TV: ESPN

    Butch Jones left Cincinnati high and dry for its bowl game last season when he left for Tennessee, and now his old team would get a chance to give him some payback.

    Tennessee still has work to do to get into this revenge-laden matchup, and its very likely the Volunteers will need to win their last two games (vs. Vanderbilt, at Kentucky) to qualify.

    Cincinnati ends the season by playing the three teams its chasing in the American Athletic Conference, so the Bearcats' bowl fate is still very much in flux. It's not out of the realm of possibility they could go into its Dec. 5 home game against Louisville with a chance at a BCS bid on the line.

GoDaddy Bowl

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    Buffalo vs. Troy

    When: Jan. 5, 9 p.m. ET

    Where: Mobile, Alabama

    TV: ESPN

    Buffalo gets the spot the Mid-American Conference champion is slotted for, but with Northern Illinois on pace to make the BCS for a second straight year, Buffalo gets the nod by virtue of being the MAC's other division champions.The Bulls could come into this game with nine wins, which would already be a school record.

    Troy, as the perceived Sun Belt runner-up, would get to play very close to home in a game that would serve as a nice sendoff for senior quarterback Corey Robinson, the FBS active leader in passing yardage.

Vizio Rose Bowl

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    Ohio State vs. Stanford

    When: Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ET

    Where: Pasadena, California

    TV: ESPN

    Ohio State was impressive against Penn State, but not enough to get into the conversation for the top two spots yet. Pasadena is where the Buckeyes will go unless they're in the title game, or they drop two games between now and bowl selection time.

    Stanford remains the highest-rated non-perfect team, so they'd get into the Pac-12's Rose Bowl slot despite not winning the league. This scenario still assumes the Cardinal will lose a second game, Nov. 7 against Oregon, so it remains to be seen if it can remain high enough in the rankings to get an at-large slot.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

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    Baylor vs. Northern Illinois

    When: Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.

    Where: Glendale, Arizona

    TV: ESPN

    Baylor will not be happy about being in this game if it goes unbeaten, and rightfully so. But the fact is the Bears don't project to pass Alabama, Oregon or even Florida State if all those teams win out, so there's not much they can do at this point other than keep winning and hope others above them fall.

    Northern Illinois remains the top-rated "BCS busters," and with Jordan Lynch setting records and establishing dual-threat quarterback precedents on a weekly basis, the BCS selection folks are going to want him and his Huskies in the lineup no matter how much of a perceived mismatch this game would be.

Allstate Sugar Bowl

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    Texas A&M vs. Clemson

    When: Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. ET

    Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

    TV: ESPN

    With Missouri losing, Texas A&M rises to the ranks of the best team not to win the SEC. Even with two losses, the Aggies are a more attractive pick than whoever wins the league's East Division, but their bowl fate ultimately rests in how they fare in late November games at LSU and Mizzou.

    Clemson still holds onto an at-large spot based on the belief it would finish ahead of Miami (Fla.) because Miami would lose twice to Florida State in the next six weeks. If that doesn't happy, or the Tigers lose to South Carolina late next month, they'll probably fall into a December game.

Discover Orange Bowl

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    Florida State vs. Central Florida

    When: Jan. 3, time TBD

    Where: Miami, Florida

    TV: ESPN

    Florida State's win over North Carolina State was impressive, but it was supposed to be, so the Seminoles don't get any extra credit for it. This week's visit from unbeaten Miami (Fla.), though, is where FSU has its best chance to strengthen its resume enough to slip past Oregon into the title game.

    Central Florida is locked into this slot as long as it stays in control of the American Athletic Conference, which will be the case at least until the Knights' next game, Nov. 9 against fellow league unbeaten Houston. The winner of that game will almost assuredly get the AAC bid.

Vizio BCS National Championship

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    Alabama vs. Oregon

    When: Jan. 6, 8:30 p.m. ET

    Where: Pasadena, California

    TV: ESPN

    Oregon's second-half domination of UCLA helped it gain enough points in the BCS to move into the second spot, though we had them slotted in the title game already based on the Ducks' daunting remaining schedule, which starts with the Nov. 7 trip to Stanford.

    Alabama is essentially grandfathered into this game unless it loses, and even then the Crimson Tide will get a lot of consideration for the title game even if two or more unbeatens remain. That would be a death-knell scenario for the BCS to put a one-loss team in over someone like Baylor or Ohio State, but it could definitely still happen.

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