Oh what could have been.
We've been waiting weeks for this weekend to come, hoping that it would deliver the drama and intrigue that the rest of the season was missing, and it did not disappoint.
Texas, playing in what was supposed to be a cakewalk of a Big 12 Championship Game instead needed instant replay on the clock and a 46-yard field goal that just sneaked in the uprights to clinch victory and a likely shot at the national title game.
Alabama and Florida were supposed to play in the season’s most intriguing game. Instead what we got was an Alabama romp, blowing out the Gators and likely clinching their shot at the national title.
So it’s likely that we’ll get that SEC Champ vs. Texas game when the last BCS standings are released tomorrow.
But it could have been much different.
If Texas had lost, we would have entered one of the messiest final BCS rankings in the system’s history, but we avoided that by the slimmest of margins.
So here’s our reality for tomorrow, and what we know so far:
- We know that Oregon and Ohio State will make the Rose Bowl game and continue the Big Ten vs. Pac-10 rivalry.
- We know that Cincinnati will receive a BCS bowl bid, we just don’t know from where.
- We know that Georgia Tech is going to get a bid to the Orange Bowl with their victory over Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, as the bowl and the conference have ties that allow for the conference champion to receive an automatic bid there.
- We are almost 100 percent sure that Alabama and Texas will meet for the national title game after winning every game they needed to in order to get to the biggest game of the season.
- We can also be pretty sure that Florida will receive a Sugar Bowl bid despite losing the SEC Championship Game, as the Sugar Bowl will likely want an SEC team despite the SEC Champ going to the National Title Game.
- Another thing that’s guaranteed: TCU will get a BCS bowl bid due to the BCS’s automatic bid qualifying policy for non-BCS schools.
So the six BCS conference bid are set, and two at-large bids are also nearly set in stone.
That leaves two openings. Iowa, Penn State, Boise State, Virginia Tech, LSU, and BYU will all likely be eligible tomorrow.
It seems like the Big Ten teams that trail behind Ohio State; Iowa and Penn State, will be one of the at-large selections. The other selection cannot be a Big Ten team, but could be any of the other teams mentioned.
If logic holds up, Boise State would receive that bid, and we at BCS Know How project that they will in fact get that final bid.
Here’s a look at what the BCS standings might look like when they are released tomorrow:
Projected BCS Standings Dec. 6