It came down to one play in the SEC championship game that decided who got to play Notre Dame in the BCS championship game. As for the last BCS bowl berth, it will come down to a few votes.
In the least surprising BCS decision in some time, Alabama earned a spot in the BCS title game after winning a de facto playoff semifinal against Georgia. It'll be the Tide's second consecutive appearance in the championship game and their third in four years. Nick Saban also will be going for a record fourth BCS title, to go with his two previous at Alabama and one at LSU.
But what holds the most intrigue for Sunday's revelation of the final BCS standings is not who's No. 1 or No. 2, but who's No. 16. If MAC champion Northern Illinois somehow squeezes into that spot, it will earn an automatic BCS berth and with it, a near $10 million windfall for the conference. In that case, the Huskies will have to do it without coach Dave Doeren, who earlier Saturday accepted a job to go to N.C. State.
But based on the Guru's projections, Northern Illinois will fall tantalizingly short.
The Huskies made it close because the Huskers played a stinker of a game, falling to 7-5 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game by the shocking score of 70-31. The voters are expected to punish Nebraska for the embarrassing loss, and to what extend will determine whether Northern Illinois gets to the magic No. 16 slot or not.
Since we do think the Huskies will fall just a bit short, the BCS bowl picture is rather straightforward:
BCS Bowl Projections:
BCS championship: Notre Dame vs. Alabama
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Fiesta Bowl: Oregon vs. Kansas State
Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Oklahoma
Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Louisville
(Complete Bowl Projections)
Final BCS projections:
1. Notre Dame, 2. Alabama, 3. Florida, 4. Oregon, 5. Georgia, 6. Kansas State, 7. LSU, 8. Stanford, 9. Texas A&M, 10. South Carolina, 11. Oklahoma, 12. Oregon State, 13. Clemson, 14. Florida State, 15. UCLA, 16. Nebraska, 17. Northern Illinois, 18. Michigan, 19. Boise State, 20. Northwestern.