April 24, 2014

Clemson and USC still alive for BCS at-large bid

Clermson could clinch a second straight BCS trip with a win Saturday

There will be BCS implications on the line for both Clemson and USC Saturday when the two Palmetto State rivals clash in Death Valley. The BCS has the Tigers and Gamecocks on its list of eight schools under consideration for an at-large big. Both teams have already been eliminated from their respective conference titles.

Last week Dabo Swinney said his team “definitely” deserves a BCS bid if they beat the Gamecocks. There has been talk the Sugar Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl would be interested in an 11 win Clemson team.

If USC wins it will finish the regular season 10-2, but the Gamecocks are also competing with Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M for spots in the BCS. Barring extremely rare circumstances, conferences only send a maximum of two teams to the BCS.

The final BCS Standings will be announced December 2.

Here are the teams the BCS still has on the board:

The champions from the six conferences which receive automatic spots in the BCS games have not been determined. The following is a list of teams still contending for their conferences’ automatic berths:

  • • ACC: Florida State, Georgia Tech
  • • Big East: Louisville, Rutgers
  • • Big Ten: Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin
  • • Big 12: Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas
  • • Pac-12: Oregon, Stanford, UCLA
  • • SEC: Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M

In addition to those teams, the pool of teams remaining under consideration also includes (in alphabetical order): Boise State, Clemson, Florida, Kent State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and South Carolina.

Following is the schedule of the BCS games. All games will be televised on ESPN.

• January 1 — Rose Bowl Presented by VIZIO

• January 1 — Discover Orange Bowl

• January 2 — Allstate Sugar Bowl

• January 3 — Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

• January 7 — Discover BCS National Championship Game