BCS contenders getting sorted

Updated: November 24, 2004, 8:29 PM ET
Associated Press

Boise State, California, Georgia, Louisville, Texas and Utah are still under consideration for at-large bids to the Bowl Championship Series, even though none will be able secure an automatic bid as a conference champion.

The BCS released its list of teams still in the running for bids to the Orange, Rose, Sugar and Fiesta bowls this week.

Southern California has already locked up a spot by winning at least a share of the Pac-10 and holding the tiebreaker over Cal. Michigan is in with the Big Ten's automatic bid as conference co-champion. The Wolverines got the nod over Iowa by beating the Hawkeyes in the regular season.

Utah ended its season sixth in the BCS Standings, and is in good shape to grab one of the at-large bids.

The representatives from the other conferences with automatic bids (Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East, Big 12, and Southeastern Conference) have not been determined.

In the ACC, Florida State, Miami, Virginia and Virginia Tech are still in contention. In the Big East, Boston College, Pittsburgh and West Virginia are alive. Colorado, Iowa State and Oklahoma are in contention for the Big 12's spot. Oklahoma has already clinched a spot in the Big 12 title game against either the Cyclones or Buffaloes on Dec. 4. The winner of that game gets a BCS bid.

Auburn and Tennessee will meet in the SEC title game on Dec. 4 with the winner receiving the BCS bid.

To qualify for at-large selection to the BCS, teams must have nine regular-season wins and be ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings on December 5.


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