There are a lot of good football teams which will not be going to a BCS bowl game this year. The 2010 football season is once again proving that the BCS system does not work.
This year we will see either an 8-4 Pittsburgh team or a 9-3 West Virginia team go to a BCS bowl instead of the teams on this list. Do you really think that Pittsburgh and West Virginia are better than the 10 teams on this list? Shouldn't the best teams go to the best bowls?
No matter; that is the system that we have at this time. So here are the 10 best teams that will not be playing in a BCS bowl this season, whether they deserve to or not. Be ready for some big surprises!
The Seminoles are only six points away from being 10-1, losing to North Carolina by two points and to NC State by four points. This team is greatly improved but will not win the ACC.
I believe that Virginia Tech will win the ACC and go to a BCS bowl. The Seminoles will be a team to contend with next season, though.
Nevada has quietly played under the radar this season. At 10-1, the Wolf Pack is only six points away from entering Friday's game against Boise State undefeated, losing only in a close game to Hawaii.
Nevada's game against Boise State is the biggest game of the year for the Wolf Pack. A win in this game would change the whole BCS picture, but I do not think that the Wolf Pack will be able to handle the Broncos. This is a good team nonetheless.
The Tigers should finish their season with a 10-2 record, losing only to Nebraska and Texas Tech in back-to-back games. They have looked good with the exception of these two games, defeating both Texas A & M and Oklahoma. This is another good team but just not quite good enough in a very competitive conference race in the Big 12.
The Huskers have a good team. They have lost only two games by a combined total of only 10 points. Nebraska will, in all likelihood, end their regular season with a 10-2 record.
I predict that Nebraska will not be going to a BCS bowl because that honor will go to the Oklahoma State Cowboys this year. The Cowboys just seem to have what it takes to win the Big 12 and get a ticket to the Fiesta Bowl.
At 9-2, the Sooners can still play a major role in the BCS bowl games this year. A win Saturday against Oklahoma State could throw a kink into things, but I do not think that will happen. In any case, Oklahoma is still a good team that can play with the best of them.
I look for the Sooners to end the season at 9-3, but this team is actually better than their record indicates.
The Razorbacks come into this week's game against LSU ranked No.12 with a 9-2 record. They are still holding out some outside hope of getting to a BCS game, but it is very doubtful that will happen.
First, they must take care of No.5 LSU in Little Rock, which is no easy task. Arkansas is an explosive team, whose defense is not as bad as many people think. This is another team who can play with anyone in the country when they are playing at their best.
Last year's champions have had a few problems this year, but they are still a very good team. They will not be going to a BCS bowl, but they will play a major role in who goes to the BCS Championship game.
Alabama plays the No. 2 Auburn Tigers on Friday. A win against Auburn may send the Tigers into a downward spiral which will take them out of the BCS bowl picture and change the whole BCS landscape. Either way, the Crimson Tide will not be getting a ticket to one of the BCS bowls.
At 10-1, one would think that Michigan State would be going to the Rose Bowl, but not so fast. There is a three-way tie in the Big 10 and things are not looking good for the Spartans, as far as going to a BCS bowl. It looks as if Wisconsin will be headed to the Rose Bowl.
All that Michigan State can do at this point is take care of business Saturday at Penn State and hope that everything falls into place for them. I have a feeling that Wisconsin is going to be the lucky ones though. No matter what happens, this is the best Spartan team in years.
Ohio State is in the same boat as Michigan State, in that three-way tie in the Big 10. The 10-1 Buckeyes' only loss is to Wisconsin, who will be going to the Rose bowl. This is another good team from the Big 10, and another one which will be left out of the BCS.
Yes, I know that this is going to completely blow your minds; I told you to be ready for some big surprises! Auburn has two more games to play, against Alabama and South Carolina.
I believe that they will slip against Bama and then have a bit of a hangover the next week against South Carolina. Losing both of these games would send South Carolina to a BCS bowl and would place Auburn in a lesser bowl, making the Auburn Tigers the best team in the nation not going to a BCS bowl game.
While this is a bold prediction, it is also very possible when you look at the overall situation, instead of simply the Xs and Os.
This is the biggest game of the year for Alabama, and it will be very hard to defeat the same Steve Spurrier team twice in one season, especially if the Tigers are coming off a heart-breaking loss to their arch rivals. The ice is thin for the Tigers—beware!
Here are my predictions for the five BCS bowl games:
The BCS Championship: Oregon vs Boise State
The Sugar Bowl: South Carolina vs TCU
The Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs LSU
The Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs West Virginia
The Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs Stanford
Enjoy the games!
Bohdi Sanders ~ www.TheWisdomWarrior.com