BCSFootball.org has finally posted more details about the process. This process is only valid for the following conferences: Big East, Conference USA, Mid American, Mountain West, Sun Belt, and Western Athletic. The other 5 conferences are contractually tied to a BCS bowl and as a result can not ever lose their bid (while the contract is in existance). The Rules stipulate that each year there will be between 5 and 7 automatic bids. To earn an automatic bid for a period of 2 years beginning in the 2008-09 bowl season conferences must meet the following standards:One of the new provisions in the new BCS deal was for conferences who are not contractually bound to a BCS bowl to be able to earn their way to automatic qualification status.
- Be in the top 6 of average BCS Standing rank of your highest ranked team.
- Be in the top 6 of overall average conference strength (it is believed this measure will be an average of the CPU rankings used in the BCS standings for all conference member teams)
- Be "similar" to the other automatic qualifier conferences in terms of number and ranking of teams in the final BCS standings.
- OR Win an appeal.