Continuing with the non-BCS half of the bowl projections, we get to the conference that will likely sneak a second “BCS Buster” berth into the big dance: The Western Athletic Conference.
The WAC may be maligned as the no-defense league, but at the very top they’ve proven they can score enough to hang with the big boys.
Boise State is on the verge of back-to-back undefeated regular seasons (and their third in four years) and already has a BCS victory to its credit thanks to its much-revered win over Oklahoma on New Year’s Day 2007.
This year, though, the next wave of teams is very good at worst. The problem there is that because of contracts, there’s a chance one of them will have to be.
The WAC has three tie-ins and four eligible teams, but both of those stats could change. On the former half, it’s because the BCS isn’t counted as a tie-in, so Boise State’s likely berth opens up a fourth slot.
The latter, meanwhile, is dependent on Hawaii’s game with Wisconsin this weekend.
If the Warriors win, they become eligible and will go to the Hawaii Bowl as per contractual obligation—meaning the eligible team not selected will go elsewhere to fill a forfeited spot.
If the Warriors lose, they’re out of contention and everyone goes to a bowl.