As the end of the season is approaching, it's time for our first foray into the Gus BCS projections! Should the season end today and the Gus+ were used in place of the BCS, which teams would go to which BCS bowls?
The champions of the following conferences automatically qualify for the following bowls:
• Atlantic Coast Conference - Orange Bowl
• Big Ten Conference - Rose Bowl
• Big 12 Conference - Fiesta Bowl
• Pac-12 Conference - Rose Bowl
• Southeastern Conference - Sugar Bowl
The BCS Bowls choose to fill their at-large spots in the following order: Orange, Sugar, Fiesta. Further, a team taken from an automatic bowl qualification to play in the National Championship Game gets replaced before the at-large slots are filled in the order of finish in the final rankings.
So, without further ado...
National Championship Game: Alabama (SEC champion) vs. Stanford (Pac-12 champion)
Orange Bowl: Florida State (ACC champion) vs. Oregon (At-large #1)
Sugar Bowl: Missouri (NCG replacement #1) vs. Brigham Young (At-large #2)
Fiesta Bowl: Baylor (Big 12 champion) vs. Houston (At-large #3)
Rose Bowl: Ohio State (Big 10 champion) vs. Clemson (NCG replacement #2)
Alabama and Stanford are the top two teams in the rankings; Florida State, Baylor and Ohio State are the remaining conference champions (as they are the highest ranked in either of their conferences), and fall into their assigned slots. Houston-- the highest ranked team from the AAC-- qualifies automatically but it chosen as an at-large for a bowl. The Sugar Bowl, having lost Alabama, choose its replacement first and goes with the highest ranked eligible un-claimed team-- and that's #4 Missouri. The Rose Bowl selected next to fill the void created by Stanford, and they select #7 Clemson. The Orange Bowl gets the first at-large choice and selects #8 Oregon. Teh Sugar bowl chooses next and is forced to pass on #9 Texas A&M (no more than two teams from the SEC), #10 Virginia Tech (no more than two teams from the ACC), #11 Auburn (no more than two teams from the SEC), and settles on #12 Brigham Young. The Fiesta Bowl chooses last and must choose the champion from the AAC, #18 Houston.
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