Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Breaking Down All the Tiebreakers

If it's late November, it must be that time of the year. 'Tis the season of tiebreakers.

With three weeks remaining in the regular season (two in conferences holding title games), only one BCS conference team—Florida State—has clinched a division title. In the Big 12 and American Athletic, two conferences that do not have title games, the races for a BCS bowl berth are nowhere close to being settled, either.

So if you're not a lawyer and/or math is not your thing, you've come to the right place. We're going to break down the championship scenarios for each of the six BCS conferences right here:

American Athletic

There is no conference championship game, but, since each team only plays eight games within the 10-team league, potential gnarly scenarios can arise. And the worst part: It might come down to the placements in the BCS standings. Three teams are still in the hunt:

Central Florida (5-0): The Knights have the simplest path. They'll claim the school's first BCS berth if they win their remaining three games, or end up in a two-way tie with Louisville.

Louisville (5-1): Having lost to UCF, the Cardinals need the Knights to lose twice to have any shot at winning the AAC. Most likely they'll need to get into a three-way tie with UCF and Cincinnati and prevail by being the highest-ranked team in the BCS standings.

Cincinnati (5-1): The Bearcats will have to win their remaining games and hope either 1) UCF loses twice; or 2) UCF loses once and fall behind them in the BCS standings in case of a two-way tie.


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