As we near the end of yet another college football season, the BCS picture is starting to take shape. However, as history has taught us in the past, no team is safe at the end of a season.
Every team must fight for its right to play in a coveted bowl game. For some, it just means making a bowl, any bowl. Others are a bit more picky. These teams are fighting for one of the prized BCS bowl spots.
Then, there are an even fewer number of teams with one thing on their minds, a national championship bid.
Here are my BCS bowl projections for the 2012 season:
I have Nebraska playing Stanford in the Rose bowl. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks will most likely be playing in the national championship game, and if that’s the case the next best Pac-12 team will be Stanford.
Orange Bowl (ACC vs. At-Large)
I have the Seminoles winning the ACC over the No. 11 Clemson Tigers, due to the tiebreak after losing to the Gators.
I give the Aggies the last At-Large bid, finishing 10-2 in the conference with an unexpected strong showing, including a dethroning of the mighty No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide.
Sugar Bowl (SEC vs. At-Large)
No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 11 Clemson Tigers.
The Crimson Tide will win the SEC, and be left out of the national championship race. They will play here, in the Sugar Bowl.
I give the Tigers the next At-Large bid. They will most likely finish the season at 11-1, with a strong showing in conference play and a big win against the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks.
Fiesta Bowl (Big 12 vs. At-Large)
With the No. 1 Kansas State Wildcats in the national championship I see the Oklahoma Sooners as the next best Big XII team.
Notre Dame will receive the first At-Large bid, creating a rematch from earlier in the season in which ND won.
BCS National Championship (BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2)
No. 1 Kansas State vs. No. 2 Oregon Ducks
Kansas State will win the remainder of its games and head to the national championship for the first time in school history.
Oregon has a stronger schedule and has performed better than Notre Dame, and will beat them out for the No. 2 spot in the championship game.