Yesterday, the BCS officially gave up on 99 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. As such, there are only 21 possible teams that could receive one of the 10 BCS slots.
Schools not included in the list are now available to receive bowl bids, so the negotiations will be going like crazy to fill up the best spots.
A couple of the teams may surprise college football fans, but there are a few things to remember about the BCS.
First, it is all about money. Specifically, TV ratings. If a school has a reputation for bringing eyeballs to the TV sets, then it will get considered, even if the team has not played well this season. Given last year's disaster at the Orange Bowl (lowest rated BCS game ever), the powers that be want to avoid another bad draw.
Second, it is all about money. Specifically, game attendance. Which teams can bring the fans that will spend the money? After all, the bowls were started originally for tourism purposes. So, a team that has failed to deliver previously will not get another chance. Again, last year's Orange Bowl is the best example of this problem, as thousands of tickets were unused and scalpers were trying to dump them for less than one dollar. Not exactly what the BCS wants.
Third, no BCS bowl is going to take one for the team. These bowls are run by smart folks that understand the desire of the average fan for a playoff. While they would make a limited effort to placate outsiders, in the end, it goes back to TV ratings and attendance.
So, let's look at the teams, especially the couple of surprises.