TCU and Boise State In a Fiesta Bowl of Unbeatens

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TCU (12-0) vs. Boise State (12-0)

In some alternate universe, unbeaten D-1 college football teams get a chance to play for the national title. Sadly, this universe doesn’t afford that opportunity, especially not to non-BCS conference contenders, so for the Horned Frogs of TCU and the Broncos of Boise State, the reward they received this year for an unblemished record was a bid to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, a rematch of last year’s Poinsettia Bowl.

Both teams rode streaks of convincing wins to secure two bids for members of the non-automatic qualifying conferences, the first time in the history of the BCS that that has occured.

However, instead of the chance that the non-BCS conference schools could get a chance to make their strength known against BCS schools, they will instead face each other in what promises to be the most interesting BCS bowl of the season — mostly for its BCS-buster undertones and implications and the gripes both teams will have with whomever is eventually named National Champion by the BCS.

Offense: Kellen Moore of Boise State was a bona fide Heisman candidate throughout the season until the favorites took over, but the quarterback of the Bronco offense is still among the nation’s best in passer efficiency and passer rating. The Broncos had the nation’s leading scoring offense, scoring more than 44 points per game during their romp to the WAC title and an undefeated season.

The Horned Frogs offense isn’t half bad either, dropping more than 50 points four times this season. Led by quarterback Andy Dalton, the Horned Frog offense picked apart defenses around the country, including ranked opponents including BYU and Utah and BCS conference member Virginia. The Horned Frogs also rushed for more than 250 yards per game, led by running backs Joseph Turner and Matthew Tucker.

Defense: Boise State’s defense had a little trouble with the WAC competition this season, giving up more than 30 points three times during their eight game conference schedule, but also managed to hold four opponents under 10 points during their undefeated season.

TCU is the only school in the country that was in the top four for both defense and offense, and this game may very well come down to the drives where the Frogs are up against the strong Boise State attack. Led by defensive end Jerry Hughes and linebacker Daryl Washington, the Horned Frog defense gave up more than 21 points just once, to Utah, and that was after TCU had put the game away early against the outmatched Utes.

Prediction: Boise State 28 vs. TCU 17. However much the TCU defense destroyed other offenses this season, the Boise State offense is going to be a whole new type of attack for the Horned Frogs, one which led by Kellen Moore, will do just enough to stop the Horned Frogs from beating the Broncos two straight years in bowl games.

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Final BCS Standings: Alabama and Texas Finish the Season On Top

bigbcslogoAn entire season passed us by we waited for an upset, some kind of drama.

Finally we got a dramatic weekend, and an upset of the No. 1 team in the nation in the final weekend of the season, and the BCS bowls were finally announced after weeks of prognostication.

After upsetting the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship Game, the Alabama Crimson Tide secured a berth in the BCS National Title game, where they will meet the Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns needed a last-second field goal to clinch the Big 12 title and spot in the National Title game.

The two teams finish a convincing 1-2 in the final BCS rankings, with Cincinnati finishing third, but outside of striking distance.

The rest of the BCS bowl bids were filled rather predictably, in fact the ten teams that received BCS bowl bids were the teams that finished 1-10 in the final BCS rankings.

Falling to No. 5 after their loss in the SEC Championship Game, the Florida Gators were rewarded for an undefeated regular season with a Sugar Bowl bid where they will meet those Bearcats.

No. 4 TCU and No. 6 Boise State will meet in the Fiesta Bowl, a first for the non-BCS conferences – not only to play each other in a BCS bowl game – but also the first time ever that more than one non-BCS school was invited to the BCS party.

No. 7 Oregon and No. 8 Ohio State have known their fates for quite some time, and when the BCS rankings were released, it mattered little where they finished – the Rose Bowl will likely provide one of the best matchups of the bowl season.

No. 9 Georgia Tech will find themselves rewarded for their ACC Championship with a matchup with Big 10 resurgent Iowa, who finish tenth in the final BCS standings.

So the regular season is done, and now we enter what ESPN calls the most wonderful time of the year. Stay tuned to BCS Know How as we will provide previews and analysis in the coming days for all the bowl games.

Final BCS Rankings – December 6th

Rank Team BCS Score
1 Alabama .9978
2 Texas .9433
3 Cincinnati .8878
4 TCU .8836
5 Florida .8637
6 Boise State .8106
7 Oregon .7568
8 Ohio State .6568
9 Georgia Tech .6471
10 Iowa .6180
11 Virginia Tech .5675
12 LSU .5375

Georgia Tech Clinches Orange Bowl Bid

georgiaTechLogo2With their victory over Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, Georgia Tech has clinched the ACC Championship and a bid to the Orange Bowl. The Yellow Jackets clinch the ACC’s automatic bid to the BCS with their late victory over the very game Clemson Tigers and CJ Spiller. Although Josh Nesbitt and the Georgia Tech offense was good, CJ Spiller was better.

In fact, Spiller was the MVP of the game despite losing.

The Yellow Jackets will likely face either an at-large team or the Big East winners, Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Makes Late Comeback, Clinches Big East Crown and BCS Bid

cincinnatiThe offensive prowess of the Bearcats finally showed itself in the second half, as Cincinnati was able to make a late comeback and beat the Pittsburgh Panthers, 45-44 and secure a second straight Big East title.

The victory also secured the Big East’s automatic BCS bid for Tony Pike and the Bearcats. A Orange Bowl or Fiesta Bowl bid is likely in their future.

Pike led the Bearcats up and down the field on multiple drives in the second half, trying to match the output of Dion Lewis and the Panther offense, who scored 31 of their 44 points in the first period. Lewis would finish the game with 195 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough to outlast the undefeated Bearcats.

Oregon Secures First Rose Bowl Bid Since 1995

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The University of Oregon has secured the Pac-10 Championship, the Pac-10’s automatic BCS bowl bid and its first Rose Bowl berth since 1995 by beating Oregon State 37-33 on Thursday.

The Ducks will face off against Ohio State, who clinched a spot in Pasadena two weeks ago. The matchup will feature two dynamic quarterbacks, Jeremiah Masoli and Terrelle Pryor.

The Buckeye defense will have its work cut out for them against the explosive Duck offensive attack that also features a duo of speedy running backs, LaMichael James and LeGarret Blount.

Look for a BCS Know How preview after all of the BCS bowls are announced on Sunday.

New BCS Rankings Week Seven: An Epic Final Weekend is Set

bigbcslogoWe’ve been waiting the entire length of the college football season for a huge upset, but haven’t gotten one.

For all the boredom that that brings to the college football scene, the week seven BCS standings finally point to a final weekend of the season that could be supremely exciting.

Florida, Alabama and Texas occupy the top three spots as they have all season, and are set to play in season deciding games.

Florida and Alabama have known for quite some time that winning out during the regular season would allow for a national semifinal in the SEC Championship Game, and that’s exactly what we’re going to get, as a loss by either team would knock it out of the national title spots. A victory would send either team to the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.

Texas only needs to beat No. 22 Nebraska in order to punch their ticket to Pasadena for the title game, but after the Longhorns had some trouble with Texas A&M anything is still possible.

After that, things get a little more interesting.

Say, for instance, that Texas is shocked in the Big 12 Championship Game. Who would fill their spot?

No. 4 TCU and No. 5 Cincinnati have sat in the two spots directly behind the Longhorns for a few weeks now, but the Bearcats have slowly but surely crept closer and closer to the Horned Frogs during these weeks.

TCU has basically locked up a BCS bowl spot, but could they take the spot of the Longhorns should they falter? Or, should they beat Pitt on Saturday, will the BCS be untrusting of a non-BCS team in the national title game and jump the Bearcats over TCU and leave the state of Texas completely out of the national title game?

At No. 6 Boise State must feel left out in all of this, even as an undefeated team. There is no chance for them to make the national title game, and it still seems like a 50-50 proposition for a BCS bowl bid.

No year has come where two non-BCS schools have participated in the BCS, but this could be that year.

After Oklahoma State lost on Saturday, which certainly helped the Broncos cause, but there remains the strong possibility of another BCS conference team being taken ahead of the Broncos with an at-large selection

No. 7 Oregon will face No. 16 Oregon State for the Pac-10’s Rose Bowl bid and conference championship, playing for the rights to face No. 8 Ohio State.

No. 9 Iowa and No. 11 Penn State will likely also be battling it out in the press for a BCS at-large selection, as both are attractive candidates for the bowls with large national followings.

No. 10 Georgia Tech lost on Saturday to instate rival Georiga, but still can make a BCS bowl if they can beat Clemson in the ACC Championship Game next Saturday.

Until that time it’s sure to be a hectic projection-filled week as we approach the final weekend of the college football season.

You’ll want to stay tuned.

BCS Rankings – November 29th

Rank Team BCS Score
1 Florida .9868
2 Alabama .9513
3 Texas .9282
4 TCU .8689
5 Cincinnati .8547
6 Boise State .8096
7 Oregon .7343
8 Ohio State .6882
9 Iowa .6028
10 Georgia Tech .5803
11 Penn State .5499
12 Virginia Tech .5376

ACC, Pac-10 and SEC Capsules Week 13

accsecpac10Atlantic Coast Conference

Conference Leaders: Clemson (Atlantic Division; 8-4, 6-2) and Georgia Tech (Coastal Division; 10-2, 7-1) have both clinched their respective divisions and will meet for the ACC Championship Game and the ACC’s BCS bowl bid.

Game of Last Week: NC State 28 vs. UNC 27. A blocked field goal secured victory for the Wolfpack and let NC State fans rejoice even though their team will not be making a bowl this season

Game of Next Week: Georgia Tech vs. Clemson. The ACC Championship Game will be between two teams coming off tough losses to rivals, and will be looking to cap off good seasons with a BCS bowl bid.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Boston College Golden Eagles, Miami Hurricanes, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Virginia Tech Hokies, North Carolina Tar Heels, Florida State Seminoles, Clemson Tigers.

Pac-10

Conference Leader: Oregon (9-2, 7-1)

Lurking: Oregon State (8-3, 6-2)

Game of Last Week: Arizona 20 vs. Arizona State 17. After painting the huge “A” on the hillside at Arizona State in Wildcat red, the Wildcats took a victory in this western rivalry game on a last second field goal.

Game of Next Week: Oregon vs. Oregon State. Another de facto conference championship game – on a Thursday – the winner likely heading to the Rose Bowl as the Pac-10’s BCS bid receiving team.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Oregon Ducks, USC Trojans, California Bears, Arizona Wildcats, Stanford Cardinal, Oregon State Beavers, UCLA Bruins.

SEC

Conference Leaders: Florida (East Division; 12-0, 8-0) and Alabama (12-0, 8-0) have both clinched their respective divisions and will face off in the SEC Championship Game for a bid in the National Title game and the SEC’s automatic BCS bowl bid.

Game of Last Week: Tennessee 30 vs. Kentucky 24. A game for possible bowl positioning, the Volunteers took a huge game from Montario Hardesty and beat Kentucky for the 25th straight time.

Game of Next Week: Alabama vs. Florida. The SEC Championship Game will be a national semifinal, and the loser will likely still get a bid to a BCS bowl game.

Bowl Eligible Teams: Florida Gators, Alabama Crimson Tide, South Carolina Gamecocks, LSU Tigers, Auburn Tigers, Ole Miss Running Rebels, Kentucky Wildcats, Georgia Bulldogs, Arkansas Razorbacks, Tennessee Volunteers.