The BCS is heading into its final act before college football switches over to a playoff.
There’s a lot still to be decided over the next couple of weeks, but we’re going to attempt to run down some of the possible scenarios.
BCS Championship, Jan. 6, Pasadena, Calif.: Alabama is in if it wins out and Florida State appears to have the edge over Ohio State, the only other undefeated team.
Rose Bowl, Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif.: The Granddaddy of Them All pits the Pac-12 champion against the Big Ten champ. The Pac-12 will be easy enough: The winner between Arizona State and Stanford in the Dec. 7 conference championship will be in. Ohio State and Michigan State will play in the Big Ten championship next week. Depending on how things play out, Ohio State, MSU or Wisconsin could wind up in Pasadena.
Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 1, Glendale, Ariz.: The Fiesta features a team from the Big 12 against an at-large opponent. Oklahoma State is in control of the Big 12, but still has to face rival Oklahoma on Dec. 7. If they lose, Baylor could sneak in if it wins its final two games. The Fiesta Bowl is last in the selection pecking order and likely would end up with one of the BCS busters as its at-large team.
Orange Bowl, Jan. 3, Miami Gardens, Fla.: The Orange Bowl has an ACC tie-in and gets the first pick for an at-large team. If Florida State plays for the national championship, the Orange would get two picks, with Clemson as a most likely replacement for the Seminoles from the ACC. The at-large would likely go to a Big Ten team.
Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2, New Orleans.: If Alabama gets into the national championship game, the Sugar will have to take a replacement from the SEC, most likely Auburn or Missouri. The second half will be an at-large team and the bowl has the second pick behind the Orange. Most projections have that going to Central Florida.