Friday, September 27, 2013

Does Any Non-AQ Team Really Have a Shot?

Four weeks into the 2013 season, it's obvious that the flurry of conference realignment moves over the past two seasons have clearly created a chasm between college football's haves and have-nots.

Beginning with Nebraska's defection to the Big Ten in 2011, the big five conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) will have seen seven members switch allegiances and added five new schools by next season. The former Big East has disintegrated and will become a rump conference of mostly former Conference USA teams by 2014 while the Western Athletic Conference has vaporized altogether.

As a result, the non-Automatic Qualifying conferences have never been more marginalized, with most of their best schools having been plucked by the big boys. In this week's simulated BCS standings, there's an all-time low in teams appearing in the standings anywhere since the BCS Guru began the compilation in the 2007 season. A total of just three non-AQ teams—No. 25 Fresno State, No. 30 Northern Illinois and No. 39 Navy—are listed among the 44 teams qualifying for the standings.

Without a doubt, a non-AQ team's inclusion to this year's BCS bowl games is very much in peril.


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