The day is finally here, thirty minutes of thrill and heartbreak for college football fans across the globe. That’s right, it’s finally the day of the BCS Selection Show. Who will make the BCS? Who will immediately start preparing to make the new playoff system starting next season? Well at 8:30 PM we will begin to find out and by 9:00 PM all other questions will be answered. In the meantime, all we can do is guess.
So far only two BCS games are certain, the National Championship and the Rose Bowl. Florida State will be playing Auburn in the National Championship. We can say this because Auburn who was number three in the nation, won the SEC Championship last night and will overtake number two Ohio State, who lost to Michigan State last night in the Big Ten Championship. In the Rose Bowl, the Michigan State Spartans will be taking on the Stanford Cardinal. The champions of the Big 10 and Pac 12 respectively.
This leaves us with three games to predict the match-ups for. Remember that only two teams per BCS Conference can be selected for the games.
In The Discover Orange Bowl, expect Clemson as they usually select a team from the ACC. A great opponent for them would be Oklahoma. Both teams are explosive and Oklahoma deserves a BCS game after knocking Oklahoma State off yesterday, ending their Big 12 Title hopes.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will feature an SEC team and that will most likely be Alabama. Missouri technically was the SEC runner up but they lost last and Alabama only had one loss this season. Plus the selection committee knows that Alabama fans travel well. Ohio State and Alabama would be a classic match-up with two perennial powerhouse teams. The BCS selection committee, NCAA and fans everywhere would love to see this as well.
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will host the champion of the Big 12, Baylor. The only other team to clinch a BCS bid was Central Florida of the American Athletic Conference. This is where I see them playing. Do I think it’s a good ratings match-up? No. But both teams did win their conferences and therefore earned their trips to the BCS.
Every year deserving teams have missed out on the BCS. This year that list will include teams such as Oregon, Missouri and Oklahoma State. I only see one team from the Pac 12 because Oregon lost both of their games late in the season. This is the last season of this BCS format so let’s hope every game is played to the max.