by Mike Coffey
Back in the day, I used to do a tracking thread on The Pit for the Big East Tournament, allowing the men’s basketball fans to predict where the team would be seeded. With ND’s participation in the BCS all but assured (knock on wood), I figured it would be a good exercise while we wait for what is hopefully a beat-down of the Jesuits on Saturday.
For the purposes of this exercise, the highest-ranked BCS member of a conference is assumed to be that conference’s champion and is marked with an asterisk (*). Any other special notations will be indicated as needed.
CURRENT BCS STANDINGS
1) Alabama (SEC) *
2) Kansas State (B12) *
3) Oregon (P12) *
4) Notre Dame **
5) Georgia (SEC)
6) Florida (SEC)
7) LSU (SEC)
8) South Carolina (SEC)
9) Louisville (BE) *
10) Florida State (ACC) *
11) Oregon State (P12)
12) Oklahoma (B12)
13) Clemson (ACC)
14) Stanford (P12)
15) Texas A&M (SEC)
16) Nebraska (B10) *
17) Texas (B12)
18) UCLA (P12)
19) USC (P12)
20) Louisiana Tech (WAC)
** As a top-four team, Notre Dame automatically receives an at-large BCS bid.
HOW THEY’D PICK
First, the National Championship Bowl selects Alabama and Kansas State.
Since neither the Big 10 nor Pac 12 champions were selected for the National Championshp Bowl, #3 Oregon and #16 Nebraska are slotted in the Rose Bowl.
#10 Florida State is slotted in the Orange Bowl.
First Pick: Sugar Bowl, to replace Alabama. As much as they would like to select Notre Dame, only one more SEC team can be selected for a BCS at-large spot. Faced with Domer dollars versus placating their host conference, the Sugar Bowl makes the safe pick and selects #5 Georgia.
Second Pick: Fiesta Bowl, to replace Kansas State. The Fiesta Bowl is not being considered for the Champions Bowl, so they have no reason to show fealty to the Big 12. They select #4 Notre Dame.
Third Pick: Fiesta Bowl. None of the SEC teams are available since two conference members already have been selected. Restricted to the top 14 BCS teams, the Fiesta Bowl chooses #11 Oregon State.
Fourth Pick: Sugar Bowl. The Sugar Bowl selects #9 Louisville as the highest ranked (and best traveling) of the remaining eligible schools.
Fifth Pick: Orange Bowl. All conference champs have been slotted, and none of the SEC schools are eligible, so the Orange Bowl selects #12 Oklahoma.
THE NYD LINEUPS
Gator: Wisconsin (B10 #4) vs. Texas A&M (SEC #6)
Capital One: Northwestern (B10 #2) vs. Florida (SEC #2)
Outback: Michigan (B10 #3) vs. LSU (SEC #3)
Rose: Nebraska vs. Oregon
Orange: Florida State vs. Oklahoma
Sugar: Georgia vs. Louisville
Fiesta: Notre Dame vs. Oregon State
Cotton: Texas (B12 #2) vs. South Carolina (SEC #4)
National Title: Alabama vs. Kansas State
Not the most compelling lineup in the world, but certainly a start. The games of the upcoming weeks will tell the tale.