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BCS releases list of at-large candidates

Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:14 pm

The BCS exclusionary?

Not today with 22.5 percent of Division I-A still eligible for BCS bowls. That's the conclusion after reading a BCS press release Tuesday afternoon. The BCS released its list of teams still under consideration for the five elite bowls. In addition to the 19 teams contending for automatic berths by winning their conference there are still eight teams being considered for at-large berths.

Those are:

No. 11 (in the BCS) Alabama, 9-2. Eliminated from the SEC, the Tide could get in the conversation by beating Auburn.

No. 21 Arizona, 7-3. A longshot even if the Wildcats beat Oregon this week.

No. 12 Arkansas, 9-2. The LSU game is a playoff to stay alive in the BCS.

No. 4 Boise, 10-0. Let's be honest, if the Broncos don't win out they're not going to a BCS bowl.

No. 5 LSU, 10-1. The highest-ranked one-loss team would seem to be in if it beats Arkansas.

No. 19 Nevada, 10-1. Another longshot even with a win over Boise on Friday.

No. 20 Utah, 9-2. Consecutive losses to TCU and Notre Dame doomed the Utes.

No. 3 TCU, 11-0. The Frogs are nervous. If they are passed by Boise for the No. 3 spot, their BCS bowl chances are in jeopardy.

To be eligible for an at-large berth, a team must finish in the top 14 of the BCS standings. For a non-A.Q. (automatic qualifier) conference champion to get into a BCS bowl it must finish in the top 12. (Top 16 if it is ranked higher than a champion from a power conference.) Only the highest-ranked non-A.Q. meeting those parameters is guaranteed a spot in the BCS. 

What's amazing is that there are 19 teams still alive for automatic berths:

ACC: Florida State, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech
Big East: UConn, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, West Virginia
Big Ten: Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Big 12: Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M
Pac-10: Oregon, Stanford
SEC: Auburn, South Carolina


Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 5:27 pm

BCS releases list of at-large candidates

There are really only three at large slots for the BCS as one of the nonAQ teams will fill a slot.  My guess at this point is that team will be Boise St.  That means TCU will have to compete for one of the other slots with the likes of tOSU, LSU, and Stanford.  As it is open season after the auto slots, do you really think TCU will get picked over any of the other three teams?  My guess is no, so TCU has to pull against all of these teams in order to get into a BCS bowl game.  After the NC game, it is all about drawing power for the other bowl games, and TCU does not bring near what the others bring to the table. 

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:54 pm

BCS releases list of at-large candidates

You need to read my post again. The conference I was writing about was the SEC.

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:38 pm

BCS releases list of at-large candidates

I have two brothers who are sec retards. Thats what i have always told them there out of conf teams they play could get beat by good high school teams. the problem is they favor the sec, there is know way a 2 loss LSU team should have played for the national when there were still some one loss teams. thats why it was the least watched BCS game of all time. and these computers that rate everything well hell who puts in the data (humans who favor sec) If you rated the MAC conf #1 then the computers would show there strength of schedule as the beat. at least they play an out of conference schedule tougher than the sec. Look at the other NCAA playoff systems. Before they had that the southern teams got ranked #1 more,. But now look since they have had a playoff its been alot different reaserch it yourself.ALSO GO LOOK UP NATIONAL CHAMPS GOOGLE IT. THEY SHOW WHAT SCHOOLS CLAIM FOR THEMSELVES AND WHAT THE OFFICIAL COUNT IS BY THE NCAA. LIKE NOTRE DAME HAS 19 BUT ONLY COUNTS 11 THEY DONT COUNT THE OTHERS LIKE ALABAMA BUT THE NCAA COUNTS ND HAVING 13. HELL ALABAMA LOST TO ND 24-23 AND COUNTED THAT ONE IN THERE 13. LOL THEY HAVE SOME OTHERS TOO LIKE LOSSING TO TEXAS 17=13 IN THE COTTON BOWL. BUT STILL GOT A VOTE IN A POLL THEY COUNT THAT. I USED TO BE A ALABAMA FAN BUT THOSE FANS WILL MAKE YOU HATE YOUR ON TEAM. WE NEED A PLAYOFF AND YOU CAN STILL  HAVE SOME BOWL GAMES ALSO. SEC WOULDNT HAVE THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIPS IF IT WAS DONE ON A MORE FAIR BASES. BECAUSE IF THEY PUT U IN THERE MORE THAN THE OTHERS YOU ARE GONA HAVE MORE. LSU IS THE WORST 1 LOSS TEAM OUT THERE AND AUBURN IS THE LAST OF THE THE 4 BSY TCU OR AU.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:29 pm

BCS releases list of at-large candidates

Murderer's row? come on. after the way things have gone the last few years, shouldn't he be saying a 2 loss SEC team would be more deserving than a 1 loss Big Ten team

last time i checked,  tosu's SOS, rated 59th isn't anything to write home about. if Iowa would lose this week, tosu would have played 1 ranked team. what murderer's row. of course they do win the Ohio state championship each year by whipping up on their in state MAC teams.

Since: Jun 13, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 2:50 pm

BCS releases list of at-large candidates

Top 100? there are only 120 D1 schools... and how many of those games were on the road?

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2010 2:22 pm

BCS releases list of at-large candidates

One poster earlier said that Auburn could beat Wisconsin because they rely more on their defense.....REALLY?????    Wow...just wow!

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 2:09 pm

BCS releases list of at-large candidates

I am not one to sya they deserve to be in the NC game, but I think it is ineresting that Boise beat BOTH Oregon and TCU last season, and still is ranked behind them.  Also interesting to me that Oregon is getting so much love after losing to Ohio St. in the Rose bowl.  I know they are different teams from last year, but it still points to the relative strength of the Pac10 in my opinion.  Take a quick look at last year's bowl games and see where you would rate the Pac10 after some of the performances.  Still easy to make the argument that the SEC is the best conference, but I think Wisconsin might be the team nobody wants to play right now.
Happy Thanksgiving...

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2010 2:06 pm

BCS releases list of at-large candidates

I love how the SEC sits and touts that they beat ranked opponents week in and week out.  Who is ranking their opponents?  The same people who say TCU and Boise are #3 & #4 in the nation.  So they must only be right when talking about the SEC.  You cannot have it both ways.  The SEC is a tough conference, but so is the Pac-10, Big 12, Big 10.  the Big Ten has 3 teams in the top ten.  Thats pretty good.  The SEC play in a lot of bowl games because they play and rack up 4-5 wins against the weak out of conference teams.  They are no better that the other AQ conferences.  At least the Big 12, Big East, ACC and Pac-10 play tough out of conference schools.

Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:46 pm

BCS releases list of at-large candidates

The Big East is awful they should give up there automatic Bid, Who every they end up playing is going to be a joke. They will get blown out

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:36 pm

BCS releases list of at-large candidates

The Big 12 is THE most overrated conference of the AQ conferences. Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska dominate the conference and historically most of the other schools have little history (Iowa St, K-State, Kansas, Baylor, Texas Tech) and even the middle of the road programs in the Big 12 are not as good as the ones in the SEC, Big Ten, or Pac-10 (OK State, Missouri, Colorado, and Texas A&M have combined for 2 national titles.) In the current evaluation period the Big 12 holds the worst marks for AQ conferences as far as average team ranking. That means they are worse than the Big East from top to bottom! Oklahoma has managed to lose 3 national title games this decade and still not take the heat Ohio State has for losing two. Of the four major football conferences, the Big 12 has produced the worst record in BCS games at 6-10 and has somehow managed to send a team to the title game who did not win the conference twice (only have both blown out). Only the ACC has a worse record in BCS games. The media loves the Big 12. But to say that the media does not also worship the SEC would be a joke. How do teams get into the national championship game? In part, because of popularity. The SEC has managed to send a team to the game for the last 4 years and have sent two teams to BCS games in each of the past 4 years. The truth is the SEC has been the best conference in the last 4 years and are historically the deepest conference from top to bottom, but the media bows to the SEC, even in  year when they have accomplished little out of conference. Alabama's win over Penn St is probably the conference's biggest win. The eastern portion of the conference is not good and the probably conference champion (Auburn) did not play anyone out of conference. I really hope Alabama just obliterates Auburn on Friday and we don't have to keep listening to the SEC proclaim themselves as the best conference because the have won the BCS the last 4 years. There are three conferences that belong at the top this year. The Big Ten, SEC, and Pac-10. The Big 12 is the fourth best conference, without question, and the ACC is fifth. 6-8 belongs to the top-heavy Mt. West and WAC, as well as the most balanced conference in the land, the Big East.

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