Bowl projections: Florida State, Ohio State eye BCS title game

Here are our latest bowl projections for the last season with the BCS in place.

The projection is that Florida State and Ohio State, the top two teams in the BCS standings, will meet in the title game; that the ACC, Big Ten and SEC will have two teams apiece in the BCS; and that Northern Illinois will get a second consecutive BCS berth.

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Northern Illinois is unbeaten and No. 14 in this week's BCS standings. BCS rules stipulate that if a team from a non-automatic qualifying conference (Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt) finishes in the top 12 of the final BCS standings or finishes in the top 16 of the final BCS standings and is ranked ahead of a league champ from an automatic qualifying conference, the non-AQ team is guaranteed a spot. NIU is two spots ahead of UCF -- the front-runner in the AAC -- this week.

As for other potential BCS at-large teams, there are Alabama (which would seem to be a BCS lock), Baylor, Clemson, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Oregon. A question with Oklahoma is whether the Sooners -- who are 17th in the BCS standings this week -- can move high enough to be eligible. At-large candidates must have at least nine victories and finish in the top 14 in the final BCS standings. The Sooners face a must-win game at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Interestingly, Clemson is 13th, and the Tigers could end up falling below Oklahoma if the Sooners pull the upset. And if Florida State and Ohio State lose in their respective league title games, each would get an at-large bid.

The final BCS standings will be released Sunday, and all the bowl pairings will be announced that night.

Remember that a bowl's tie-in with a league doesn't necessarily mean it will get the third- or fourth-, etc., place team from the league; instead, it means it gets the third or fourth, etc., selection from that league.

BCS MATCHUPS

ROSE BOWL

FIESTA BOWL

SUGAR BOWL

ORANGE BOWL

BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

THE OTHER BOWLS

NEW MEXICO BOWL

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LAS VEGAS BOWL

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL

NEW ORLEANS BOWL

BEEF 'O' BRADY'S BOWL

HAWAII BOWL

LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL

POINSETTIA BOWL

MILITARY BOWL

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TEXAS BOWL

KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL

PINSTRIPE BOWL

BELK BOWL

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL

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BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL

ARMED FORCES BOWL

MUSIC CITY BOWL

ALAMO BOWL

HOLIDAY BOWL

ADVOCARE V100 BOWL

SUN BOWL

LIBERTY BOWL

CHICK-FIL-A BOWL

HEART OF DALLAS BOWL

GATOR BOWL

CAPITAL ONE BOWL

OUTBACK BOWL

COTTON BOWL

BBVA COMPASS BOWL

GODADDY.COM BOWL

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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