Bowl projections: BCS may be controversy-free

I always say that the BCS has a way of working itself out.  That may have happened now with losses by Alabama Crimson Tide and Fresno State Bulldogs this week.

The two-time defending champs went down in dramatic fashion at Auburn Tigers (which has a definite flair for the dramatic).  That leaves just two major undefeated teams, Florida State Seminoles , which put the perfect capper on a miserable season for Florida Gators , and Ohio State Buckeyes , who escaped in Ann Arbor against Michigan Wolverines .

Those two now project to the BCS title game in this week's bowl projections, which would thrill the Orange Bowl.  That game would get Clemson Tigers to replace Florida State Seminoles and match them up with Alabama, who will certainly be an at-large pick, and may even automatically qualify as one.

The Sugar Bowl has not had the SEC champion in its game since Georgia Bulldogs in 2005, but that figures to change this year.  The SEC title game is a battle of Tigers, Auburn and Missouri Tigers .  Auburn is projected to play American conference champion UCF Knights .

Michigan State Spartans would finally get back to the Rose Bowl as a replacement for Ohio State.  The Spartans haven't been to Pasadena since 1987.   They would play the winner of the Pac-12 championship game, projected to be Stanford Cardinal .

The Fiesta Bowl is projected to get non-AQ qualifier Northern Illinois to face Big 12 projected champ Oklahoma Sooners State.   If the Cowboys lose to Oklahoma next week, the Big 12 champion will be the winner of the Baylor Bears - Texas Longhorns game.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Jerry Palm started writing about sports on the Internet right after Al Gore invented it. He was the first to bring RPI out in the open and is one of the pioneers of predicting the March Madness bracket.... Full Bio

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