Projected BCS matchups and pointspreads: Week 12
With Alabama's loss to Texas A&M on Saturday, Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame are the three remaining undefeated teams in the country and they’re fighting for the two spots in the BCS Championship. Six SEC teams, led by the Crimson Tide, hold down the next six spots in the BCS Rankings.
Kansas State Wildcats vs. Oregon Ducks
Projected line: Oregon -6
After being on the outside looking in, Kansas State moves into the BCS Championship picture. However, the Wildcats’ season is far from over as they still have a tough test at Baylor before closing at home against Texas. Oregon let California hang around for a little bit last week before pulling away for another blowout win. The Ducks look like they can’t be stopped on offense and will be the favorite, but not as big as everyone thinks.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Projected line: Oklahoma -7
The Fiesta Bowl will grab Oklahoma, replacing K-State, as the Sooners will be the second- highest ranked Big 12 team. The Sooners aren't out of the woods yet, as they have three tough games left. The second choice is a bit less clear but it would be hard not to take the Aggies, who are coming off the big upset of Alabama. Texas A&M won’t likely be in the SEC Championship, so the automatic bid to the Sugar Bowl won't happen.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Florida St. Seminoles
Projected line: Florida St. -10
The Orange Bowl remains the same as Florida State still has the inside track to the ACC Championship thanks to its come-from-behind win at Virginia Tech on Thursday. The Seminoles should have no problem taking out the ACC Coastal opponent as that division is weak. Louisville was handed its first loss of the season at Syracuse, which showed its 9-0 record was in fact fraudulent. The Cardinals are still ranked higher than Rutgers and their game there on November 29th will decide the Big East Conference. No matter who Florida State faces, it will be a big favorite as the Big East as a whole is fragile.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Projected line: Notre Dame -5
With Oregon playing in the big game, the Rose Bowl would have the first shot at grabbing an at-large team and it would no doubt take Notre Dame, instead of sticking with tradition and taking a mediocre Pac-12 team. Nebraska will have to contend with Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship but the Huskers are playing well, posting four straight wins with two more likely to close out the regular season. Notre Dame will get the nod at the betting window based on name and the fact that it will likely be undefeated, with only USC remaining as the last obstacle.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Clemson Tigers
Projected line: Alabama -12
Alabama's BCS Championship hopes took a major hit with its loss to Texas A&M and it will now need a lot of help to get back into the championship talks. The Crimson Tide are still considered the best team in the country by many, but a loss is a loss and they'llhave to settle with the Sugar Bowl. Because the SEC can't have the second spot, Clemson falls into this game as the next highest-ranked team and the Tigers are a good draw in these parts. They have won six straight games, all by at least 14 points, but they’re still going to be a big underdog against Alabama.