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National bowl picture update.

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As I said below, within the Big Ten, everything that could have gone wrong for the Hoosiers did. Here's an update of the national snapshot:

ACC: Bids: (8) Eligible: (7). BC (8-2); UVA (9-2); Clemson (8-2); VT (8-2); Wake (6-4); GT (6-4); FSU (6-4). Eliminated: (2) Duke (1-9); UNC (3-7). Others: (3) Miami (5-5); NC State (5-5); Maryland (5-5).

Big East: Bids: (4) Eligible: (4) Connecticut (8-2); WVU (8-1); USF (7-3); Rutgers (6-4);Cincy (8-2); Eliminated: (1) Syracuse (2-8). Others: (2) Louisville (5-5); Pitt (4-5).

Big XII: Bids: (9) Eligible: (6) Kansas (10-0); Oklahoma (9-1); Missouri (9-1); Texas (9-2); TT (7-4); Texas A&M (6-5). Eliminated: (2) Iowa State (3-8); Baylor (3-8). Others: (4) K-State (5-5); OSU (5-5); Colorado (5-6); Nebraska (5-6).

Big Ten: Bids: (7) Eligible: (10) OSU (10-1); Michigan (8-3); Illinois (8-3); Penn St. (8-3); Purdue (7-4); Wisconsin (8-3); Iowa (6-5); Northwestern (6-5); MSU (6-5); Indiana (6-5). Eliminated: (1) Minnesota (1-10). Others: (0)

Pac-10: Bids: (6) Eligible: (5) Oregon (8-1); ASU (9-1); USC (8-2); Or St. (6-4); Cal (6-4). Eliminated: (2) Stanford (3-7); Washington (3-7). Others: (3) UCLA (5-5); Arizona (4-6); Washington St. (4-6).

SEC: Bids: (8) Eligible: (10) LSU (9-1); Georgia (8-2); Auburn (7-4); Tennessee (7-3); Florida (7-3); Kentucky (7-3); Alabama (6-4); Arkansas (6-4); USC (6-5); MSU (6-4) . Eliminated: (1) Mississippi (3-7). Others: (1) Vandy (5-5).

MAC: Bids: (3) The MAC has two six win teams and three with five, so it's not worth the trouble.

C-USA: Bids: (6) Eligible: (4) ECU (6-5); UCF (7-3); Houston (6-4); Tulsa (7-3). Eliminated: (5) UAB; Rice; Tulane; Marshall; SMU. Others: (3) Southern Miss (5-5); Memphis (5-5); UTEP (4-6).

MWC:Bids: 4 Eligible: The MWC has four eligible teams and no BCS prospects, so this one is done.

WAC: Bids: 3. The WAC also has three eligible teams, but Hawaii has some unjustifiable BCS hopes.

Navy: Navy won its sixth game and has therefore secured a Poinsettia Bowl bid.

Points:
  • Big XII stayed static. No one was eliminated, no one became eligible.
  • Ditto C-USA.
  • The PAC-10 is promising. While the conference has five eligible teams, that probably will not change. UCLA is 5-5 but has Oregon and USC remaining. Arizona is 4-6 with Oregon and ASU remaining. Washington State has the best chance, at 4-6 with OSU and Washington remaining. Keep in mind that the winner of this weekend's USC-ASU game will be a contender for a BCS at-large bid.
  • Total bids available: 64. Teams with 7 or more wins: 32. Teams with exactly 6 wins: 21.