Tech's BCS Hopes Will Likely Hinge On Tiebreakers

Here for your own review are the BCS tie-breaking procedures should two or more teams tie for the ACC Conference title. If Tech wins out in the conference and Maryland loses to either Clemson at home or N.C. State on the road, the Jackets would have their shot at the Orange Bowl tie-breakers. But because national rankings are involved, Tech better beat the Dawgs also. Maryland could even lose twice and then it could all come down to the Tech-FSU game December 1.

Here, for your enjoyment, is Article IV of the ACC Manual- Bowl Championship Tie Breaking Procedures. At stake this year is a trip as the ACC's representative in the Orange Bowl.

The ACC football champion is the team that finishes the season with the highest winning percentage in conference games. If more than one team has the same winning percentage, the tied teams are declared co-champions.

In order to determine the Conference's representative to the Bowl Championship Series, the procedures listed below will be followed. All references to rankings refer to the average ranking combining the AP and USA Today/ESPN polls released the week immediately following the completion of the regular season for all ACC members. For example, a #11 ranking would be achieved if a team was ranked #10 in one poll and #12 in the other. A #11 ranking would be six spots below a #5 ranking, five spots below a #6 ranking, and four spots below a #7 ranking.

Two Way Tie (between Teams A & B)

1. Team A defeats Team B and is ranked higher -- Team A earns bid. 2. Team A defeats Team B and is ranked lower, but in the Top 10 -- Team A earns bid (except if Team B is ranked #1 or #2 in the Bowl Championship Series Poll, then Team B earns bid). 3. Team A defeats Team B and is ranked lower, but no less than five positions below Team B -- Team A earns bid. 4. Team A defeats Team B and is ranked lower, and more than five positions below Team B -- Team B earns bid. If two teams have the same ranking, or both are unranked, the bid goes to the team that has won the head-to-head.

Three Way Tie ( A mini-conference is created among the three tied teams.)

Scenario I

All three teams have either a 7-1 or 6-2 conference record and have each won one and lost one against teams in the mini-conference. In this case, the highest ranked team among the three earns the bid. If two of the teams have the same ranking, the bid is earned by the team winning the head-to-head matchup. If none of them are ranked, the Bowl Championship Series would select the team of its choice from among the tied teams.

Scenario II

All three teams have 6-2 conference records. Within the mini-conference, Team A is 2-0, Team B is 1-1, ans Team C is 0-2. 1. If Team A is ranked higher than Teams B & C, Team A earns the bid. 2.If  Team A is not the highest ranked, but in the Top 10, Team A earns the bid. 3. If Team A is not ranked, but the highest ranked team in the mini-conference is ranked #21 or lower, Team A earns the bid. 4. If Team A is not the highest ranked team and is ranked more than five spots below the highest ranked team in the mini-conference, Team A is eliminated from consideration. Subsequently, 1. Team B is ranked higher than Team C, Team B earns the bid. 2. If Team B is ranked lower than Team C, but is in the Top 10, Team B earns the bid. 3. If Team B is ranked lower than Team C, but ranked no lower than five spots below Team C, Team B earns the bid. 4. If  Team B is ranked lower than Team C, but is ranked more than five spots below Team C, Team C earned the bid.

In the event of a four way tie, the same tie-breaking rules would apply.


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