The vital signs of the college football BCS' top-five bowl contenders are evident. Dominance comes in purple and gold. But what about the other BCS bowl game contenders? Should Alabama play for the national title? Does undefeated Houston deserve a chance at BCS fame?
Unless you live under a rock or you failed to pay your power bill, there are some teams paired with their predicted bowls that—like it or not—are favored this week for a sweet ride to a BCS bowl game. If you do live under a rock and are still sitting in the dark, here's the criteria to get them there.
Teams are paired according to the BCS' official selection procedural rules. The top two teams in the final BCS Standings will play in the National Championship. The champions of the Big 10 Conference will go to the Rose Bowl. The Big 12 champion will go to the Fiesta Bowl. The Pac-12 Conference winner will go to the Rose Bowl, and the Southeastern Conference champion will play in the Sugar Bowl.
There are some at-large opportunities and some ifs, ands and buts to the equation, but all that aside, here's our look at a crazy BCS bowl season that looms and the teams that will make it to the top.