Oregon still alive for BCS consideration
With Ducks still in BCS picture, Pac-12 bowl situation likely to remain unsettled until Sunday.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Bowl Championship Series announced Tuesday the 20 football teams still under consideration for BCS berths, and, not surprisingly, it includes 10-2 Oregon. That means the Pac-12 bowl picture will likely remain in flux until announcements are made Sunday.
If the BCS had released Oregon, it could have set in motion a process by which the bowls in the Pac-12 pecking order could begin to commit to programs, or at least develop either/or scenarios. Instead, with the Ducks still a possibility for the BCS, albeit a slim one, little figures to be set in stone until Sunday.
The announcement was made after a teleconference involving conference commissioners and the BCS bowls.
The BCS listed 13 teams still in contention to receive automatic berths as potential conference champions: Central Florida and Cincinnati of the American Athletic Conference; Duke and Florida State (ACC); Michigan State and Ohio State (Big Ten); Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas (Big 12); Arizona State and Stanford (Pac-12); and Auburn and Missouri (SEC).
It named seven others as possibilities for the BCS: Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma, Oregon and South Carolina.
The loser of the Pac-12 title game will have three losses and is considered out of the BCS picture. Oregon’s chances seem to hinge on a loss by Northern Illinois to Bowling Green in the MAC championship game, and Saturday’s results in the Big 12’s final regular-season games and the Big Ten title game.
Pending the weekend’s games, Washington is a solid bet for the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on Dec. 27, and Washington State is a strong possibility for the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21.
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