An in-conference demonstration of strength is about the best thing any team with BCS aspirations can hope to do on any given October weekend. If you’re looking for a team to do just that this weekend, look no further than Kansas State.
|BCS Bowl Projections
||Oregon vs. Alabama
||USC vs. Wisconsin
||Florida vs. Boise State
||Florida St. vs. Louisville
||Kansas State vs. Notre Dame
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While a close victory over Oklahoma might have seemed like an upset at the time, the Wildcats pummeling of West Virginia on Saturday would make anyone think that K-State is for real.
So the Wildcats make their statement against a Mountaineers squad seeing their BCS stock slip week-to-week, opening up a gap in the projections, but more importantly reminding us that we’ve got ways to go before anything here settles.
For now, we’ve got more college football to come — let’s enjoy it.
BCS National Championship Game: Alabama Crimson Tide (BCS No. 1) vs. Oregon Ducks (BCS No. 2)
Comment: The later we get in the season, the more this matchup seems like the kind of matchup college football’s purists and addicts would salivate over. Both Alabama and Oregon had little trouble putting together victories over conference foes. If Oregon can survive a revived USC squad and Alabama a lively group of SEC teams, they’ll get here sure enough.
Rose Bowl: USC Trojans (At-large selection) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten champion)
Comment: Week after week, it seems the story out of the Big Ten is Ohio State. Still undefeated — though barely — the Buckeyes can’t actually make a bowl this year. But they’re very impressive. So when picking a Big Ten champ, you have to find a school pushing for an impression of their own.
It certainly wasn’t Nebraska this weekend, so let’s go with a seemingly revived Wisconsin squad to take on the Pac-12’s second-best, USC.
Sugar Bowl: Florida Gators (At-large selection) vs. Boise State Broncos (At-large selection)
Comment: A slow, steady climb to an 11-1 record would likely mean the Broncos would finish highest among non-BCS ranked schools in the top 12, or ranked ahead of the lowest-ranked AQ conference champion (likely the Big Ten’s) in the top 16, which guarantees a BCS bowl bid.
Even without the selection procedure, an 11-1 Boise State would still represent a strong pick for any bowl — with growing name recognition and a strong national profile. For the Sugar Bowl, which could set up a matchup for the Broncos with Florida, this is a great, unusual showdown.
Orange Bowl: Florida State Seminoles (ACC champion) vs. Louisville Cardinals (Big East champion)
Comment: Both Florida State and Louisville survived tests this weekend. With an ACC championship, Florida State would be headed here. Louisville, as the Big East’s champion, would have an automatic entrance to one of these bowls, and would likely fall here or to the Sugar Bowl.
Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12 champion) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (At-large selection)
Comment: The Wildcats now clearly in the Big 12’s drivers seat, they’ll be headed to the Fiesta Bowl as the conference’s champ if they can’t catch up to and pass the trio of squads ahead of them in the BCS. They’ll likely to see Notre Dame on the opposite sideline, even if the Irish drop a few games between here and the end of the year.