Tigers Still in Running for BCS Spot

The Bowl Championship Series announces the teams still under consideration for BCS spots.

Auburn, Ala.--The Southeastern Conference announced on Tuesday that Auburn is one of 21 teams still under consideration for an opportunity to play Bowl Championship Series game.

Those teams were determined during a teleconference with the commissioners of 11 Division I-A conferences along with the athletic director at independent Notre Dame plus officials from the FedEx Orange Bowl, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Rose Bowl along with television officials from Fox and ABC.

The top two teams in the BCS standings at the end of the regular season will meet in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 8 in Glendale, Ariz.

The teams that win the SEC, ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-10 conferences will automatically earn berths to one of the BCS games. That BCS lineup includes the January 1 Rose Bowl, the January 1 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the January 2 FedEx Orange Bowl and the January 3 Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The winners of the SEC, Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-10 automatically qualify for a BCS game. There are four at-large berths.

One conference champ from a group that includes Conference USA, the Mid-American, Mountain West, Sun Belt or the WAC earns a guaranteed berth in one of the BCS games should that champion be ranked 12th or better in the final BCS standings or be ranked in the Top 16 of the final BCS standings and its ranking is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls. Notre Dame will receive an automatic at-large berth if it finishes in the top eight in the final BCS standings.

Ohio State and Southern California have clinched spots in the BCS. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten Conference and the Trojans have clinched the Pac-10 co-champion and will win the tiebreaker if they lose their finale to UCLA.

To be eligible for at-large selection, a team must have nine regular-season victories and be ranked in the Top 14 of the final BCS standings on December 3.

Teams with a chance to win their conference titles include: Arkansas and Florida in the SEC; Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest in the ACC; Louisville, Rutgers and West Virginia in the Big East and Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas in the Big 12.

Auburn would need a variety of teams ranked higher than the Tigers, who are 12th in this week's BCS ratings, to falter down the stretch for AU have a shot at receiving a BCS invitation. If that doesn't happen the Tigers could spend their holiday at the Outback Bowl in Tampa or the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

In addition to Auburn, other teams under consideration for a BCS berth that cannot win their conference titles include Boise State, California, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.

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