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Big East BCS/Bowl Lineup

BCS/Bowl Lineup

The BIG EAST and the Bowl Championship Series

Entering its eighth season, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was established to determine a national champion for college football while maintaining and enhancing the bowl system which has provided significant support to college football for nearly a century. The BCS is a showcase for the sport, matching the premier teams in top bowl games. The BIG EAST has been a charter member in the championship agreement.

The Tostitos Fiesta, FedEx Orange, Nokia Sugar and Rose Bowls have joined with the BIG EAST, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific-10 and Southeastern Conferences and the University of Notre Dame to form the Series. Beginning in 2006, each bowl will host two games once every four years - its traditional game plus a National Championship contest approximately one week after the New Year.

Last season, USC defeated Oklahoma, 55-19, in the FedEx Orange Bowl to win the national title. This season the national championship game will be played in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on January 4. This marks the second time that the Rose Bowl has hosted the title game.

In 2005, the four bowls will choose from among the champions of the above conferences to appear in their respective games. Prior to the 2002 season, the BCS group approved a contractual revision that guarantees an automatic selection to the highest-ranked at-large team should that team be ranked either third or fourth in the final BCS standings. If an independent team or team from a conference without an automatic selection is ranked in the top six in the BCS standings, it will qualify for a spot in the Bowl Championship Series. The remaining at-large positions may be filled by any Division I-A team eligible for postseason competition that meets both of the following criteria.

1. The team has won at least nine college football games during the regular season, not to include wins in any exempted games.

2. The team is ranked among the top 12 bowl eligible teams in the BCS standings.

Team selection for the national championship game shall occur after the completion of conference championship games, with the announcement on December 4, 2005.

If any BCS bowl loses its host team to the national championship game (Rose Bowl for the 2005 season), that bowl will receive the first pick of the next team in the selection process. In a situation where two bowls lose teams, the bowl that sent the No. 1 BCS-ranked team to the championship game will select first. Consequently, once a bowl has selected its host team, the selections will be made on an at-large rotating basis.

The BIG EAST Bowl Lineup for 2005

In addition to the Bowl Championship Series, the BIG EAST Conference currently has agreements with three other postseason bowl games. The league is associated with the Toyota Gator Bowl, Insight Bowl and Meineke Car Care Bowl for the 2005 season.

The Toyota Gator Bowl, played in Jacksonville, Fla., will select a team from the BIG EAST after the Bowl Championship Series accepts the conference champion. The BIG EAST choice will be matched up against the selection from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Toyota Gator Bowl will be played on January 1, 2006 and will be televised by NBC.

The Insight Bowl will choose a team from the BIG EAST for the eighth year in a row. That game will be played at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Ariz. on December 27 on ESPN. The contest will match a BIG EAST choice against a selection from the Pacific-10 Conference.

The BIG EAST will send a team to Charlotte, N.C. for the fourth consecutive season. The league member will play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 31 on ESPN2. The Atlantic Coast Conference will provide the opposition.

All four bowl games will choose from among the group of BIG EAST bowl-eligible teams. Finish in the conference standings does not determine bowl selection.

The BIG EAST and the University of Notre Dame have an agreement which allows Notre Dame the opportunity to be selected by the Toyota Gator Bowl, Insight Bowl or Meineke Car Care Bowl if the Fighting Irish are bowl eligible and do not qualify for the Bowl Championship Series.

All bowls will adhere to the conference's "one-win" rule whether they select a BIG EAST team or Notre Dame. Any selection of a team with fewer victories must be within one win of all other bowl eligible teams. League squads must be within one conference victory. For example, a team with a 4-3 BIG EAST record cannot be chosen before a team with a 6-1 league mark. Overall records are used for comparison when a bowl is considering Notre Dame in conjunction with a conference team.





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All four bowl games will choose from among the group of BIG EAST bowl-eligible teams. Finish in the conference standings does not determine bowl selection.

If 5 Big East teams are bowl eligible, then USF could be hoping for an 'at large' selection if the Bulls are bowl eligible. USF doesn't seem to have a good rep for travelling.


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Pretty safe bet that Notre Dame will be bowl eligible this year, and they probably won't make the BCS.  That could well make them the fifth team.

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So confusing. The Bowl system is full of crap, none of it makes sense except for money grubbers unwilling to let go of their cash cows. The BCS and the bowl system are simply nowhere near fair. That being said, USF IS GOING BOWLING THIS YEAR, BABY!

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Im more concerned about an at large o avoid matchin team taking the BCS spob.jbnhber ACC bowls looking teligible

See above? Caused by angry reaction at laptop mouse. This is really the best they could do? An oversensitive, jumping piece of crap mouse in the PERFECT spot to cause trouble. Now I am too upset to continue and and I have to replace some of my keys. . Go Bulls!

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