BCS eyeing Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Clemson, more for at-large bids

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. 

Clemson Tigers

Fresno State Bulldogs

LSU Tigers

Northern Illinois Huskies

Oklahoma Sooners

Oregon Ducks

Texas A&M Aggies

Wisconsin Badgers

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. 

CBS Sports Writer

Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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