What a weird weekend. Setting aside the top of the BCS standings, I am beginning to share the concern of some that we need to get to 7 wins to get selected for a bowl.
I had pondered about the Big East getting all 8 teams to a bowl, which was then reported by ESPN 30 hours later. That is still possible. Now, UConn needs 2 wins in 2 games to get that. Pitt, USF, and Syracuse get 2 tries to win one. But will one win be enough?
The Bad News:
Right now, the Big XII has 8 of its 10 teams bowl eligible, with Texas Tech still alive with a game against Baylor. Baylor is good, but it is still possible that they get to 9 teams.
The ACC has 9 of its 12 teams bowl eligible. And NC State needs one win and gets (ugh) Maryland this week, so 10 is likely.
The Big 10 has 9 of its 12 teams bowl eligible. And Purdue needs one win and gets (ugh) Indiana this week. So 10 is likely.
The Pac 12 had all of its 5 win teams get to 6 wins. So they will have 7 of 12 eligible.
The SEC has 7 of 12 eligible. But 5-win Vandy and Tennessee play each other. So one of them is getting to 6. And 5 win Mississippi St. plays (ugh) Ole Miss. So they could get to 6. That would be 9.
So not many conferences are going to have open slots.
The good news:
The good news is that Navy lost. That opens up the Military Bowl in the DC area which I think would be PERFECT for Syracuse. We have lots of alums there... it is close... and we would play an ACC school.
Also, CUSA, which has 5 non-BCS bowl slots (same as Big East for some reason), might not pull that off--especially if Houston gets drawn up into a BCS bowl.
If the SEC ends up getting both Alabama and LSU in the title game, that might prevent them from being able to fill its BBVA Compass slot against the Big East. Obviously that would not mean that a Big East team would get that slot.... but any open slot helps clear the log jam.
The best news: Cincy looks vulnerable!