The BCS 18

By Adam Caparell - November 28, 2007

We've got 18 teams in play for the 10 available BCS spots after the elgibile teams were identified Wednesday.

The 11 I-A conference commissioners, Notre Dame Athletic Director Kevin White and representatives from the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl, Fox and ABC all talked Wednesday to map out who can be picked for the BCS bowls after the regular season concludes Saturday.

Ohio State and West Viriginia have already qualified for the BCS - the Buckeyes the Big Ten champs and Mountaineers Big East champs - but four conference champions are still yet to be decided.

Boston College and Virginia Tech meet for the ACC, Missouri and Oklahoma for the Big 12, Arizona State, Southern Cal, UCLA are all still alive for the Pac-10 crown while LSU and Tennessee face off for the SEC title. All are also eligibile for an at large selection.

BYU, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois and Kansas are the remaining seven teams that could find themselves as a BCS at-large. Hawaii and BYU, being from non-BCS conference, must finish in the top 12 of the final BCS rankings to be chosen as an at-large team, unless a conference champion finishes below 16th in the final BCS rankings and the non-BCS's ranking is higher than the BCS's. But that's not going to happen this year.

"This weekend 10 of the top 14 teams in the BCS standings will be playing Saturday and six of the top 14 will be playing against one another," SEC commissioner and BCS chairman Mike Slive said. "In addition, we've got several rivalry games involving teams in the top 14, such as West Virginia and Pittsburgh, USC UCLA and Arizona Arizona State."

So a lot could change, and the title game matchup we have right now of Missouri vs. West Virginia could easily be something different Saturday night. But at least we know the 18 teams we could see play in the year's biggest games.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:49 PM on November 28, 2007
Comments (1)


Actually if UCLA beats USC and Arizona beats Arizona State, then UCLA will win Pac-10 through tie-breakers and will not be ranked in the top 25 at all probably because of a 7-5 record, thus BYU or Hawaii can get in that way.

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