College Football Bowl Projections: How BCS Rankings Shake Up Bowl Picture

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College Football Bowl Projections: How BCS Rankings Shake Up Bowl Picture

Rivalry week has come and gone, and the SEC stays king atop the BCS Standings. LSU brought home a second straight perfect BCS ranking, and even a loss to Georgia will likely not drop the Tigers past Alabama and Oklahoma State (or Stanford) to third. As a result, it appears the rematch of the latest "Game of the Century" is on.

The remainder of the bowl picture is coming into shape as well. One huge question remaining is whether the loser of the Bedlam game will receive an at-large BCS berth over Michigan. The Wolverines dropped a slot to No. 16 in the rankings this week, but two of the three teams in front of them will likely lose this week: Michigan State plays Wisconsin, and Georgia must play LSU.  Although there are no guarantees that the Wolverines will jump both teams, if Michigan reaches No. 14, then it will be very hard to turn them down for a BCS bowl.

Teams are beginning to accept bowl invitations already, but there are nearly enough bowl bids to go around to every eligible team thanks to UCLA having to play another game at 6-6 and Miami holding themselves out of a bowl game. There are only 72 bowl eligible teams for 70 spots, so there should not be too many disappointed young athletes this holiday season.

Let's get right into the projections!

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