by Mike Coffey
One less week in the season, one less unbeaten at the top of the polls. Though I still feel ND is one win away from being a true BCS lock, there’s still a lot of crucial football to be played. Nevertheless….
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) Kansas State (B12) *
2) Oregon (P12) *
3) Notre Dame **
4) Alabama (SEC) *
5) Georgia (SEC)
6) Florida (SEC)
7) LSU (SEC)
8) Texas A&M (SEC)
9) South Carolina (SEC)
10) Florida State (ACC) *
11) Clemson (ACC)
12) Oklahoma (B12)
13) Stanford (P12)
14) Nebraska (B10) *
15) Texas (B12)
16) Oregon State (P12)
17) UCLA (P12)
18) USC (P12)
19) Louisville (BE) *
20) Louisiana Tech (WAC)
** As a top-four team, Notre Dame automatically receives an at-large BCS bid.
It’ll be interesting to watch LaTech and Louisville. The WAC champ will need to finish ahead of a BCS AQ champion, and right now, the Big East is looking (typically) vulnerable.
HOW THEY’D PICK
Kansas State and Oregon are slotted into the National Championship Game.
The Fiesta Bowl picks first to replace Kansas State. There’s no way in hell they’re going to let ND get by them, so the Fighting Irish are selected.
The Rose Bowl picks second to replace Oregon. Stanford is top-14 and eligible (at least today), so the Rose Bowl selects them.
The Fiesta Bowl then takes its regular pick. Wanting the strongest opponent for the Fighting Irish they can get, they select Georgia.
The Sugar Bowl takes its pick for Alabama’s opponent, and selects Oklahoma.
The Orange Bowl selects last, pairing up contractually-bound Florida State with the remaining conference champion, Louisville.
THE NYD LINEUPS
Gator: Northwestern (B10 #4) vs. South Carolina (SEC #6)
Capital One: Wisconsin (B10 #2) vs. Florida (SEC #2)
Outback: Michigan (B10 #3) vs. LSU (SEC #3)
Rose: Nebraska vs. Stanford
Orange: Florida State vs. Louisville
Sugar: Alabama vs. Oklahoma
Fiesta: Notre Dame vs. Georgia
Cotton: Texas (B12 #2) vs. Texas A&M (SEC #4)
National Title: Kansas State vs. Oregon
That sound you just heard was the organizers of the Cotton Bowl having an orgasm.