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BCS Title Game Not Clear Yet
Championship Week puts everything on the line
by Dave Congrove
UCF clinches the BCS bid in the American with a Cincinnati loss to Louisville on December 5th and the Bearcats are a 2.19-point home underdog in that game. The Golden Knights also clinch with a win on Saturday at SMU and UCF is a 9.27-point favorite in that contest. But, the Mustangs will be putting it all on the line as they need an upset win just to become bowl eligible at 6-6. Keep in mind, however, that 6-6 is far from guaranteeing a bowl bid as there is an overall surplus of teams available for the 70 bowl slots and 64 teams have at least 7 wins.
By the way, if both Cincinnati and UCF win, the Golden Knights would still trump the Bearcats by virtue of having a higher BCS ranking. The BCS scenario only comes into play because UCF and Cincinnati did not play each other during the regular season. Cincinnati's only hope lies in defeating the Cards and having UCF lose at SMU.
UCF's win this past Friday eliminated Louisville from earning the automatic BCS bid and it's highly doubtful that the Cardinals could gain an at-large entry, even with an 11-1 record, due to the relative weakness of the conference overall. Four of the conference's 10 teams have 3 wins or fewer, and 6 teams are under .500.
The Sun Belt is Louisiana-Lafayette's title to lose. The Ragin' Cajuns have already clinched a share of the crown with Arkansas State and a win at South Alabama would give them their first outright title. A loss by UL-L would mean a shared crown with Arkansas State, which has won the title outright the last two years. Both the Cajuns and Red Wolves have already accepted bowl bids with Louisiana-Lafayette headed back to the New Orleans Bowl for the third straight year where it will also seek to go 3-0 in its all-time bowl history. Arkansas State is going to the GoDaddy.com Bowl for the third straight year.
Louisiana-Lafayette is a 5.33-point pick at South Alabama, but QB Terrance Brodway is listed as doubtful. Freshman Brooks Haack was 10-of-14 for 126 yards and a TD in Saturday's loss to UL-Monroe.
South Alabama would finish 6-6 with a win, making every Sun Belt team except Georgia State bowl eligible.
Rutgers can also reach the 6-6 mark with a home win over USF. The Scarlet Knights are a 10.56-point computer pick, but are a 0.05-point underdog on the computer trend line. That means that Rutgers has been in a free-fall of late while USF has shown some late-season moxie. Rutgers has lost 3 straight, and 5 of its last 6, after starting the season 4-1. The Bulls have lost 5 straight and are just 2-9 on the year, but came close to upsetting UCF last week. As bad as USF's season has been, the defense ranks 21st nationally (the offense ranks 123rd out of 125 teams).
BCS TEAMS UNDER CONSIDERATION (As of Tuesday, 12/3):
The champions of the American Athletic, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences automatically qualify for a BCS game. In addition, the highest-ranked conference champion from among Conference USA, the Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt Conferences earns automatic qualification to one of the BCS games if that champion is ranked No. 12 or better in the final BCS Standings, or No. 16 or better if it is ranked higher than any champion from the American Athletic, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 or Southeastern conferences. Notre Dame also qualifies automatically if it is ranked No. 8 or better.
At-large berths also will be available. The bowls will fill those berths from teams ranked in the top 14 of the final BCS Standings. No conference may place more than two teams in the BCS games, unless the conference has two teams in the National Championship Game, and neither team is its champion.
The final BCS Standings will be compiled Sunday, December 8. The BCS bowl pairings will be announced at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time that day, on ESPN.
The champions from the six conferences which receive automatic spots in the BCS games have not been determined. The following is a list of teams still contending for their conferences' automatic berths:
- American: Central Florida, Cincinnati
- ACC: Duke, Florida State
- Big Ten: Michigan State, Ohio State
- Big 12: Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas
- Pac-12: Arizona State, Stanford
- SEC: Auburn, Missouri
In addition to those teams, the pool of teams remaining under consideration also includes (in alphabetical order): Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma, Oregon and South Carolina.
UNDEFEATED AND WINLESS TEAMS:
Only 3 teams remain on the undefeated list - Florida State, Northern Illinois and Ohio State.
Georgia State and Miami (Ohio) were the only teams to end the season winless. Four teams entered last week with a goose egg in the win column before Southern Miss and Hawaii won their season finales.
FBS vs. FCS:
FBS schools were a collective 95-16 (.856) in FBS-FCS matches this season and are 831-81 (.911) since 2003.
Here are the results of the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
8/29: Towson 33, Connecticut 18
8/29: Southern Utah 22, South Alabama 21
8/30: Samford 31, Georgia State 21
8/30: North Dakota State 24, Kansas State 21
8/31: Northern Iowa 28, Iowa State 20
8/31: Eastern Washington 49, Oregon State 46
8/31: Eastern Illinois 40, San Diego State 18
8/31: McNeese State 53, USF 21
9/7: UT-Chattanooga 42, Georgia State 14
9/7: Maine 24, Massachusetts 14
9/7: Nicholls State 27, Western Michigan 23.
9/14: Fordham 30, Temple 29
9/14: Bethune-Cookman 34, FIU 13
9/21: Jacksonville State 32, Georgia State 26 (OT)
11/9: Old Dominion 59, Idaho 38
11/23: Georgia Southern 26, Florida 20
Eastern Washington, McNeese State and North Dakota State also had wins vs. FBS teams last year.
Originally, 106 FBS schools scheduled a total of 110 games against FCS foes this year. But Colorado later replaced a game it lost vs. Fresno State (due to flooding) with Charleston Southern. Thus, 106 FBS schools played a total of 111 games vs. FCS foes. The schedule change also made Colorado the 4th FBS team to face at least two such schools this year. The others are Clemson and Georgia Tech with 2 apiece while FBS newcomer Georgia State scheduled 3 FCS teams and lost to each of them.
Ohio State - Won 24 straight overall (FBS longest). Plays Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship at Indianapolis on Saturday.
Northern Illinois - Won 26 straight at home (FBS longest), 25 straight vs. conference foes (FBS longest), and 15 straight road games (FBS longest). Plays Bowling Green in the MAC Championship at Detroit on Friday.
LSU - Won 45 straight regular season nonconference games (FBS longest). Regular season complete.
Georgia State - Lost 16 straight (tied for FBS longest). Regular season complete.
Miami (Ohio) - Lost 16 straight (tied for FBS longest). Regular season complete.
Kansas - Lost 24 straight road games (FBS longest). Regular season complete.
Kentucky - Lost 16 straight conference games (FBS longest). Regular season complete.
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