When I was a boy, I watched the old "Road" movies with my mother. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby would always be involved in a convoluted plot, but the travels added a level of charm. In in the end, they always ended up safe (with Dorothy Lamour on Bing's arm). This week was no "Road to Morocco," or "Road to Zanzibar," and definitely not the "Road to Utopia" in college football.
We saw Alabama see it's National Championship dreams die in Louisiana. We saw Oklahoma and Missouri see their BCS at large dreams die in Texas. We saw Arizona see their Pac-10 Championship dreams die in California. And that doesn't even account for the road struggles by Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern, Nebraska, NC State, Baylor, and Texas. No, there will be no joyous Road movies made from Week 10.
But for every road misstep, there was a home victory (or at least, exciting near miss). And those have jumbled the projections. Again. We're looking at all 35 bowls this week. But before we do, Remember the Rules:
- The best teams don't always go to the best games. In the end, butts in the seat and eyes to the television are the biggest factors.
- The order of BCS selection is 1) Replacement for #1 Team; 2) Replacement for #2 Team; 3) Sugar Bowl; 4) Orange Bowl; 5) Fiesta Bowl.
- If a Big Ten or Pac-10 team qualifies for the BCS Championship Game, the Rose Bowl will be required to take a non-automatic qualifier. This will only be required of the Rose Bowl the first time it occurs over the next four years.
- The Gator Bowl picks its Big Ten team ahead of the Insight Bowl this year. It will rotate the other way next year.
Got it? Good. Let's get on to the projections.
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