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BCS Bowl Selection Show 2013: Complete Viewing Info and Storylines to Watch for

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates on stage after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 45-7 in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 8, 2013

The craziness that is college football continued on Saturday, and the stage is officially set for the teams to find out which games they'll be going to during the BCS Bowl Selection Show.

The undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes lost to the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten championship, ending their national title hopes.  Meanwhile, the Oklahoma State Cowboys could have locked up the Big 12 title and a ticket to the Fiesta Bowl, but they were taken down by the Oklahoma Sooners.

Let's take a look at the viewing information for the BCS Bowl Selection Show on Sunday, followed by some of the top storylines to watch for.

 

Viewing Information

Date: Sunday, Dec. 8

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

 

No BCS Title Game Controversy

Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) walks off the field dejected after losing to the Michigan State Spartans in the Big 10 Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Michigan State defeats Ohio State 34-24.
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Before this week, there was a big debate about whether the Auburn Tigers or Ohio State Buckeyes would play the Florida State Seminoles, with both sides making very solid arguments.  Many were worried that one team would be left out, causing even more BCS controversy in the final year of its existence.

With the loss from Ohio State, no one has to worry about that now.

Auburn came away with a big 59-42 win in the SEC championship over Missouri.  As a team, they ran for 545 yards and seven touchdowns, and Tre Mason put up 304 yards and four scores on his own.  With the win and Ohio State's loss, they're essentially a lock to play in the national championship.

Thanks to yet another blowout, winning 45-7 against the Duke Blue Devils, Florida State sealed their fate as the nation's top team.  They're currently 13-0 and have a Heisman front-runner in Jameis Winston, making them the clear favorite over Auburn.

While there's still a chance that the title game isn't close, at least one deserving team won't be left out.

 

Unexpected Teams Locking Up BCS Bowl Bids

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 07:  Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears celebrates a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns at Floyd Casey Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Two teams were able to snag automatic BCS bowl bids as conference champions, and they were the Spartans and Baylor Bears.

The Spartans had a shot to still be a BCS bowl team with a loss to Ohio State as long as they stayed in the Top 14 of the BCS standings.  However, with a win over the Buckeyes, they became Big Ten champions, and they will now be going to the Rose Bowl.  After a big win over Arizona State, Stanford will be playing the Spartans in Pasadena in January.

Meanwhile, Baylor was preparing to likely not be going to a BCS bowl game.  They had gotten blown out by the Oklahoma State Cowboys, and they had been taken out of the running for the Big 12 title game.

The Bears found out before their game that they had a chance to retake the Big 12 title because Oklahoma State lost to Oklahoma.  If Baylor beat Texas on Saturday, they would be the Big 12 champions, and they did just that with a 30-10 win.  Now, Baylor will be going to the Fiesta Bowl.

 

No Non-Automatic Qualifiers Will Likely Make Cut

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 6: Defensive tackle Ken Bishop #93 of the Northern Illinois Huskies sits on the bench after a 47-27 loss to the Bowling Green Falcons in the MAC Championship at Ford Field on December 6, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Bu
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Both the Fresno State Bulldogs and Northern Illinois Huskies had a chance to be non-automatic qualifiers to go to a BCS bowl game.  Unfortunately, both teams have collapsed at the end of the season, and based off of the current rankings, it doesn't look like any schools from small conferences will be in the Top 14 and therefore grab a spot in one of these games.

The Bulldogs were 10-0 before falling 62-52 to San Jose State, moving them down to No. 23 in the most recent BCS standings.  A win over Utah State made them the Mountain West conference champions, but they were hoping for more.

Like Fresno State, the Huskies had a chance to finish with an undefeated record heading into bowl season.  All they had to do was win the MAC championship against Bowling Green, but they struggled, falling 47-27.  They were ranked No. 14 but with a loss this week, they will fall out of that spot and therefore won't be able to be a non-automatic qualifier.

Everyone wants to cheer for a true underdog, but with Fresno State and Northern Illinois losing, that simply doesn't look like it's going to be a possibility.

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