Projections: Texas, Fresno St. are in BCS; Clemson moves up in playoff

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

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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