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As we know by now the Big 10 champion will be determined by the BCS rankings which should mean a rosy future for the Badgers.  Also of note is Iowa's status after a shocking 27-24 loss to Minnesota.  There could be as many as five Big 10 teams at 7-5, including Iowa, and rather than bowling on New Year's Day Iowa might slip down to the Texas Bowl slot.


The BCS rankings will also come into play in the Big XII South after Oklahoma's 47-41 win over Oklahoma State creates a three way tie between the two schools and Texas A&M.  The South champion will face Nebraska next week with a trip to the Fiesta Bowl at stake.


The ACC Championship is set with Virginia Tech facing Florida State.  The winner heads to the Orange Bowl.  The Seminoles clinched the Atlantic Division thanks to NC State's loss to Maryland.  The wild card here is Miami which suffered the double whammy of losing in OT to South Florida and then firing coach Randy Shannon.


LSU's loss to Arkansas now creates a fluid situation for the SEC schools.  Who gets the Sugar Bowl nod if Auburn plays in the title game?  Certainly Arkansas is in the driver's seat and from there the shuffling begins.  LSU might go to the Capital One Bowl meaning Alabama would slip to the Cotton Bowl.


Connecticut controls their own destiny in the Big East.  A win over South Florida next Saturday gives the conference title to UConn and puts the Huskies in their first BCS bowl, which most likely will be the Fiesta Bowl.  Notre Dame can fill any of the Big East's bowl tie ins and at 7-5 the Irish might go as high as the Champs Sports Bowl, which gets the second pick of Big East schools.


Hats off to Georgia, Tennessee, Troy and Florida International.  With wins today those four schools are bowl eligible so thankfully we've hit the magic number of 70 eligible schools to fill the 70 bowl slots.

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