We're going to audible our Sunday look at yesterday this week by going with just games that affect the BCS and the teams that get in.
Two teams have certified berths: Ohio State and Southern Cal
One team gets a certified spot the next time they kick-off: Notre Dame
One team gets a certified spot with a win: Boise State
Three teams get certified winning their conference championship: Florida/Arkansas, Texas/Nebraska, Georgia Tech/BC-Wake Forest
One team gets a certified spot based on their BCS rankings: Louisville-West Virginia-Rutgers
One team gets a wild card now: Michigan
One team gets the 10th and final spot if Boise State wins: Fla/Ark loser, Tex/Nebraska loser, possibly #2 Big East team.
(Yes, three teams for one spot or, if Nevada beats Boise State, two spots)
Confused? Me too.
OK, lets run though how we got here.
Ohio State won the Big Ten with their 42-39 win over Michigan. OSU goes to Glendale. Pencil Michigan in for Pasadena, but, the Wolverines are not out of the title game picture yet, needing tons of help. Read below for more on the game.
Southern Cal clinches the Pac 10, and does no worse than the Rose Bowl with a 23-9 drubbing of Cal. The Beas could not hang on to the football, and after a flat first half, USC turned it on to win. John David Booty goes 18 of 31 for 238 and two scores in the win. Cal, with three losses, will not get a BCS bid.
Southern Cal is the leader in the clubhouse for the national championship game now, and go to Glendale if they beat Notre Dame and UCLA.
Rutgers was the day's biggest loser. Cincinnati earns their biggest Big East win in their short history by pounding the Scarlet Knights, 30-11. Rutgers controls their own destiny, they beat West Virginia in two weeks, they go to the BCS. A loss throws open a three way race and things favor West Virginia in that case.
Arkansas has clinched the SEC West. They beak Mississippi State, 28-14. Defense the story as Chris Houston returned an 87 yard interception for a score in the first. Casey Dick struggled, but threw for two touchdowns in the win. They still have LSU Friday, and with a win make a very strong case for the BCS no matter what happens in the SEC Title game, and make a case for the national title game if they beat Florida.
Speaking of Florida, they stomped I-AA Western Carolina 62-0. You would think beating Florida State gets them in the BCS regardless of what happens with Arkansas. A win over Arkansas as wel will make it very tough on the voters not to send them to Glendale based on the toughness of their schedule.
Louisville defeats Southern Florida, 31-8. They must beat Pitt and UConn to have any shot at the Big East BCS.
Boise State shredded Utah State, 49-10. They beat Nevada, they are in. Despite being undefeated, they stand no chance in going to Glendale.
Texas and Nebraska were off, they play the day after Thanksgiving their rivalry games, Texas A&M and Colorado respectively.
The ACC, and that mangled mess. We know Georgia Tech wins their division. They destroyed Duke, 49-1.
The Atlantic Division is wide open. Boston College scored 14 points before their offense touched the field in their 38-16 pasting of Maryland. The Terps are out.
Wake Forest missed a chance to clinch, getting hammered at home 27-6. They must beat Maryland, or Boston College plays Georgia Tech.
Stay tuned, the BCS rankings released today will tell a great deal of the story.