Projections: Texas, Fresno St. are in BCS; Clemson moves up in playoff
The Tigers big win over Georgia has moved them into the Bulldogs former spot in the current playoff projection.
This week's bowl projection has a brand new Fiesta Bowl matchup. Texas Longhorns replaces Oklahoma State as the Big 12 champion. That league is projected to finish in a three-way tie (Oklahoma is part of it as well), and that tiebreaker changed with this week's action. The Cowboys drop out of the BCS, while the Sooners still show up as an at-large selection.
Boise State Broncos dropped out of the BCS projection with a resounding thud after a 38-6 loss at Washington Huskies , which was the Broncos' worst loss with Chris Petersen as coach. Fresno State Bulldogs , which needed overtime to beat Rutgers Scarlet Knights , now projects into the BCS. Northern Illinois Fighting Illini beat Iowa Hawkeyes this week and could be in contention as well.
As for our projected playoff this week, Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes State" data-canon="Ohio Bobcats" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> remain the top two seeds, with Oregon Ducks hanging on to No. 3. Clemson Tigers takes over the fourth spot from Stanford after beating Georgia 38-35 on Saturday. That gives us four conference champions, which would make the selection committee's job pretty easy. The new playoff/bowl matchups would look like this:
Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs No. 4 Clemson
Rose Bowl: No. 2 Ohio State vs No. 3 Oregon
Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M vs Oklahoma State Cowboys
Orange Bowl: South Carolina Gamecocks vs Florida Gators State
Fiesta Bowl: Stanford Cardinal vs LSU Tigers
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Georgia vs Louisville Cardinals
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