Remember when people were doing their annual freak out because there were going to be too many undefeated teams? As it stands, I think we'll end up with two, but one of them is Houston. Boise's field goal kicking killed their undefeated dreams for a second straight year. Stanford couldn't withstand Oregon's second-half onslaught for a second straight year. And the power of the every-week playoff rolls on.
In the B1G, things have officially been turned up to 10. Barring an uprising by Indiana or Minnesota, the Big Ten will have ten bowl eligible teams for the first time ever. That's great, except the Big Ten only has seven post-BCS tie-ins. And, the Pac 12, ACC, and SEC look like they're having years in which they will fill all of their bowl slots. I hope that I'm wrong on this, but it's looking likely that someone eligible will be left out. The league hasn't faced that since 2007.
As for the projections, let's remember that there are 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) Fiesta Bowl; 4) Sugar Bowl; 5) Orange Bowl.
- Until a team is officially bowl banned, we assume that they can and will go. So, no USC. Ohio State, Oregon, North Carolina, <ahem> Miami...you're in consideration until otherwise notified.
- If a Big Ten or Pac-10 team qualifies for the BCS Championship Game, the Rose Bowl will NOT be required to take a non-automatic qualifier. This was only required of the Rose Bowl the first time (2010 season) it occurred over the current four-year contract.
- The Insight Bowl picks its Big Ten team ahead of the Gator Bowl this year. It will rotate the other way next year.
Got it? Good. Let's get on to the projections.