BCS eyeing Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Clemson, more for at-large bids
The BCS released its official list of teams in consideration for bowl bids. Texas A&M, Wisconsin, and Clemson lead a list that includes conference championship contenders.
Johnny Manziel 's BCS dreams may be kept alive after all, as Texas A&M was listed as an official "team under consideration" for the 2013-14 Bowl Championship Series.
The qualifications for at-large selections can get confusing, so the annual release serves as a guide for fans wondering if their team is still in the hunt.
The easiest path to a BCS bowl is by winning the conference championship in an automatic qualifying league. The teams still in the running for those bids are:
American: UCF Knights , Cincinnati Bearcats , Louisville Cardinals
ACC: Duke Blue Devils , Florida State Seminoles , Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets , Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes , Virginia Tech Hokies
Big Ten: Michigan State Spartans , Ohio State Buckeyes
Big 12: Baylor Bears , Oklahoma State Cowboys , Texas Longhorns
Pac-12: Arizona State Sun Devils , Stanford Cardinal
SEC: Alabama Crimson Tide , Auburn Tigers , Missouri Tigers , South Carolina Gamecocks
The next list includes teams that have fallen from conference title contention that are still in the BCS hunt. In order to be eligible for at-large consideration a team must win at least nine regular season games and rank in the Top 14 of the BCS standings.
Fresno State Bulldogs
Northern Illinois Huskies
Texas A&M Aggies
Fresno State and Northern Illinois Huskies are currently competing for the non-BCS automatic bid; which is reserved for a conference champion that ranks in the Top 16 of the final BCS standings and finishes ahead of a conference champion from an AQ league. Currently both teams are ahead of UCF (No. 19 in the most recent BCS standings), the projected champion from the American Athletic Conference.
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