The final 2010 BCS bowl projections should predict which teams are invited to the five major BCS bowl games this January. The final BCS standings come out on Sunday night, but it became much easier to predict which of the teams will be invited to compete in the big-money bowl games when that schedule is released.
Unless voters really change their minds this week, the 2010 BCS National Championship Game will be Oregon vs. Auburn, set up to decide the best team in college football this year. Oregon won the Pac-10 Conference title and finished undefeated this season after beating Oregon State in their yearly battle this week. Auburn won the 2010 SEC Championship Game over South Carolina, and now they will meet to decide which team is actually the best one this season.
The other bowl games are still open for a little debate, with the champions of the other four automatic qualifiers getting spots for clinching their conference titles. The Big Ten champion is Wisconsin, the Big East champion is Connecticut, the ACC champion is Virginia Tech, and the Big 12 champion is Oklahoma. Those four teams all clinched their conference titles this weekend, with Connecticut doing so by finishing 2010 with an 8-4 overall record.
With those outcomes, the Wisconsin Badgers will head to the Rose Bowl, Virginia Tech will play in the Orange Bowl, and Oklahoma will play in the Fiesta Bowl. Now we just have to wait and see exactly who their opponents will all be, as well as the two teams that get slotted to play in the Sugar Bowl this year.
If the final 2010 BCS standings still have undefeated TCU as No. 3 and Stanford as No. 4, both schools will be invited to BCS bowl games. There has been discussion about Stanford possibly getting shut out of the BCS picture if they were to fall out of that No. 4 slot, but with their season already finished (as well as No. 5 Wisconsin being done), things shouldn’t change that much in the BCS standings on Sunday night.
Under the current BCS rules, TCU would be seeded into the Rose Bowl, creating a Wisconsin vs. TCU game on New Year’s Day. Then the Sugar Bowl would get to decide the two teams that they want, having the choice of the Big East champion, Stanford, or any of the other one loss teams near the top of the BCS rankings. Common sense states that they will go for Ohio State as one of the teams, choosing the 11-1 Buckeyes because of their ability to sell out nearly any bowl game they attend. Their opponent could be more of a surprise, but the Sugar Bowl tie to the SEC might make it likely that Arkansas becomes the team selected to play them.
After those three bowl games are set, the Orange Bowl decides its second team, leaving the Fiesta Bowl with the final two teams. The Orange Bowl gets to decide if they want Stanford or Connecticut to play against Virginia Tech, leaving the unselected team to play in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. It should end up with Stanford vs. Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, and Oklahoma vs. Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl. Some might not like several of these match-ups, but this looks to be the way that things are going to play out for this college football postseason. Anyone on board for a playoff system yet?