So yesterday, yes on a Sunday, I spent the day knocking out my conference predictions which was a monumental task since mostly on weekends I lay around watching fantastic films and eating popcorn. Today folks we here and In The Bleachers go that extra mile. We don't just pick a BCS Title game for you, no, that would be too easy. Too predictable. We here at ITB strive to give you the very best. To drop knowledge and TRUTHBOMBS to get you thinking as we fully prepare you for the 2010 college football season.
With that in mind we are going to give you all 10 BCS selections. Just like our conference predictions from yesterday these are guaranteed to be 100% correct at the moment. They're accurate because they definitely could happen right now. We're going with the real formula folks so this is our defacto "selection" process in deciding who plays in each game and you'll get our at-large picks as well.
Read more to get the scoop on your friends for who will be playing in each of the five BCS games...
The automatic bids are pretty simple to comprehend as the top two teams are slotted to play in the 2011 BCS Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona. Then the ACC, SEC, Pac-10, Big Ten and Big XII champs all get slotted into the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl respectively. That leaves the Big East Champion and two more "at-large" teams to find their way into a BCS bid. This year's selection order is as follows for "at-large" teams; Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl and then the Fiesta Bowl.
Alabama vs Miami
The Sugar Bowl gets first dibs on the remaining at-large teams ranked in the BCS top 12 and we expect the Hurricanes to be sitting very close to the top 10 with a 10-2 record and finishing just out of the ACC Championship Game. This Bama-Da U match up would have folks slobbering over themselves as two teams that have a generous national following and great TV pull square off in New Orleans in a sort of a battle of powers.
there is no Discover Orange Bowl rendering yet, sue me
Virginia Tech vs Pitt
Another Big East and ACC match up in Miami. The difference is this game is actually attractive as two hard nosed football teams with gobs of talent square off. Pittsburgh didn't travel very well to the Meineke Car Care Bowl a season ago but winning the Big East and getting a mid-winter trip to Miami should draw the Panthers' fans out. Watching Ryan Williams and Dion Lewis will be a treat.
Nebraska vs Ohio State
Two traditional powers. Two conservative coaches. Two tremendous defenses. This game in the desert will be a slugfest of epic proportions as the Buckeyes and the Huskers, new conference kinsmen, do battle in their last possible BCS meeting. Yes, yesterday we picked Oklahoma to win the Big XII and Iowa to win the Big Ten so I guess we're tipping our hat a bit with this match up.
Stanford vs Utah
Crazy madness going on right here y'all. Stanford is in even though we picked USC to win the Pac-10? Yeah, that's because of the bowl ban for the Trojans and the Cardinal being "next in line" for league title. Secondly folks, we're calling the new non-AQ Rose Bowl provision into play early here. With Boise State going down to Virginia Tech, TCU being roughed up in a revenge game by Utah it looks like the Utes are going to be the first to take advantage of this loophole that gets them into The Granddaddy of the all!
Oklahoma vs Iowa
Two teams that have got a great shot at going undefeated. Both have two games preseason that look to be truly noteworthy contests on their schedule. OU gets a shot at revenge against Texas and then Nebraska in the Big XII Championship game while Iowa has their revenge shot against Ohio State and a game against Wisconsin both in Kinnick Stadium. Iowa proved their worth a season ago in the Orange Bowl as they played suffocating defense against a potent Georgia Tech attack. Oklahoma needs a BCS win bad as Stoops has dropped five in a row. Ferentz can truly solidify his legacy with a 12-0 season and by bringing Iowa a title for the first time since 1958 when they were voted champs by the Football Writers Association of America.