Another shocking weekend in college football.
Ohio State, Nebraska and South Carolina all take the tumble to underdogs, which does a number to the projected BCS bowls after week seven.
So who has the easiest road to the BCS bowl games, and more importantly, to the BCS National Championship Game?
Let’s find out.
BCS National Championship Game: Oregon Ducks (BCS No. 1) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (BCS No. 2)
Comment: With Ohio State now out of the picture in the chase for the national championship (at least for the time being), Oklahoma now looks like the team with the best shot to make their way to the BCS National Championship Game.
Oklahoma remained undefeated by crushing Iowa State 52-0 on Saturday night, and with a victory over suddenly relevant again Texas on their resume, they look like an even stronger BCS team.
Oregon continues to look good even without hitting the field on Saturday, and is still in good position to make it to the BCS title game.
Rose Bowl: Boise State Broncos (Automatic at-large selection) vs. Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Champion)
With Ohio State’s loss and without a chance to get at undefeated Michigan State, don’t be surprised if Michigan State goes undefeated in the conference and takes the Big Ten’s bid to the Rose Bowl.
With the Pac-10 champion Oregon headed to the national title game, Boise State continues to be in good position for this automatic Rose Bowl bid.
Fiesta Bowl: Texas Longhorns (At-large selection) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (At-large selection)
Comment: With Texas’s upset victory over Nebraska, the Longhorns now look like the second best team in the Big 12. It would surprise no one to see Mack Brown bring his Longhorns to yet another 10-win season by running the table the rest of the way.
The Longhorns would likely fall short of the Big 12 title game, but with their only losses coming to Oklahoma and UCLA, they would be an attractive BCS at-large selection.
TCU had a tough time getting away from BYU, but ended up making a strong statement against the always tough Cougars, and continue to look like a good at-large selection.
Orange Bowl: West Virginia Mountaineers (Big East Champion) vs. Florida State Seminoles (ACC Champion)
Comment: The Orange Bowl has a history of taking the Big East and ACC champions, and with the reshuffling of the deck with Alabama and Ohio State’s losses, they might resort to doing just that.
West Virginia looks like the Big East favorite, while Florida State struggled to beat Boston College, but still looks like the class of the ACC.
Sugar Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes (At-large selection) vs. Auburn Tigers (SEC Champion)
Comment: It’s going to be tough to win the SEC, whoever does it. Auburn looks like the team to beat now, especially after the other undefeated SEC squad, LSU, looked a little iffy trying to put FCS McNeese State away in their 32-10 victory.
Ohio State will not get a shot at the lone remaining Big Ten undefeated, Michigan State, but will still be an attractive BCS at-large team if they can finish the season strong.