After laying out the process – a bit – last week, we can hop into football this time. Obviously last week there were 29 unbeaten teams. This week, that number is reduced to 20 and so – sadly – Georgia Tech took a hit from 11 to 41. Georgia topped LSU – also sadly – in the season’s best game to date. We also saw Lane Kiffin’s time at USC end and Alabama establishing it’s place relative to Ole Miss quite robustly. What did it do to the Top 25?
- (1) Oregon
- (2) Baylor
- (4) Washington
- (3) Florida State
- (5) Alabama
- (6) UCLA
- (16) Clemson
- (13) Stanford
- (9) Louisville
- (23) Ohio State
- (8) Miami-FL
- (12) Missouri
- (17) Maryland
- (15) Fresno State
- (19) Oklahoma
- (21) Texas Tech
- (–) Houston
- (–) Northern Illinois
- (25) Northwestern
- (24) Michigan
- (–) Georgia
- (10) LSU
- (7) Oklahoma State
- (–) Virginia Tech
- (–) Arizona State
Obviously, Baylor’s inclusion is a bit wacky for the time being – but they do deserve it from the super early data. I doubt they stay this high. Oklahoma State with their loss at West Virginia took the biggest plunge. But – this is how it has played out so far – what does this mean for the last BCS ever?
- Oregon v Baylor – the National Title Game
- Florida State, Alabama, Louisville and Ohio State round out the BCS league champs. All automatic.
- Any non-AQ champ in the Top 12 would go here, bur Fresno is not quite there,
- Notre Dame not in Final 8 – no worries about them
- Washington is at-large at #3 – so they qualify automatically
- This leaves 6 of the 10 spots filled – so 4 at-larges left. Clemson, Missouri, Oklahoma, Houston get them.
So projecting bowls with this lot?
- BCS Title Game: Oregon v Baylor
- Rose Bowl: Washington v Ohio State
- Orange Bowl: Florida State v Missouri
- Sugar Bowl: Alabama v Clemson
- Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma v Houston
Clearly – this super early.
But next year, there won’t be a BCS to kick around, so what would we do then? Using next year’s alignment – I use a combination of ranking, geographic preference and what would be good on TV:
- Rose Bowl (National Semifinal 1): Oregon v Florida State
- Sugar Bowl (National Semifinal 2): Baylor v Washington
- Orange Bowl: Clemson v Louisville
- Cotton Bowl: Alabama v Stanford
- Fiesta Bowl: UCLA v Ohio State
- Chik-Fil-A Bowl: Miami-FL v Fresno State