No. 13 Florida State and No. 15 Clemson both dropped three spots, capping an awful day for the Atlantic Coast Conference against the SEC.
The Seminoles’ loss to Florida stung badly because FSU still had slim hopes of working into the national championship picture. Instead it’s off to the ACC title game to play Georgia Tech with only Orange Bowl hopes.
The Yellow Jackets, Coastal Division champions by default because Miami gave itself a postseason ban, lost 42-10 to Georgia. Georgia Tech is now in BCS or bust mode. If the Jackets lose to Florida State, they will be 6-7.
Clemson’s 27-17 loss to South Carolina was maybe even more devastating for the ACC. The Tigers looked like a lock to receive an at-large BCS bid, probably to the Sugar Bowl, had they finished 11-1. At 10-2, with no marquee wins, that’s probably not happening.
To top it off Vanderbilt beat Wake Forest 55-21. The final total: SEC 161, ACC 74.
IN AND OUT
The Big East’s de facto championship game will be between two unranked teams.
Rutgers and Louisville both lost Saturday to tumble from the rankings ahead of their Thursday night game in New Jersey, which will decide the conference championship.
Rutgers was stomped 27-6 at Pittsburgh and Louisville lost 23-20 at home to Connecticut in double-overtime.
The winner of Louisville-Rutgers still gets a BCS bid _ even though neither was in the latest BCS top 25 _ but the Big East’s troubles could be a boon to potential BCS busters.
If a conference champion from a non-automatic qualifying league, such as the Mountain West or MAC, finishes in the top 16 of the final BCS standings and is ahead of a champ from an AQ league, that champion receives an automatic bid to the marquee bowl games.
It’s all but a lock that the Big East champ will finish behind the MAC champion and possibly Boise State, but even though those teams are close to the BCS top 16, it’s no guarantee they get there.View Entire Story
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