What conference is your college playing in now?

After a couple of weeks of wild rumors, speculation and a few teams changing conference – it appears now that most of the 2010 conference realignment is done.  The question now is where is your favorite school playing?  The answer is that your school is likely to be playing in the same conference they were a month ago, unless you are a fan of  Boise State, Colorado or Nebraska.  Those three schools were the only significant movers during all of this conference realignment drama.  Below is the breakdown of how the affected conferences will look in the future:

Big 10 Conference (Future)
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Wisconsin

Big 12 Conference (Future)
Baylor
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Missouri
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Texas
Texas A&M
Texas Tech

Pac 10 Conference (Future)
Arizona
Arizona State
California – Berkeley
Colorado
Oregon
Oregon State
Stanford
UCLA
USC
Washington
Washington State

Mountain West Conference (Future)
Air Force
Boise State
BYU
Colorado State
New Mexico
San Diego State
TCU
UNLV
Utah
Wyoming

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The Big 12 Just Got BCS’ed

Three weeks after a final-second upset in Lubbock, the Texas Longhorns put a stomping on Texas A&M.  The 49-9 win was not enough, however, to give the Longhorns the advantage in the computer polls used to calculate BCS standings following week 14.  After the Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys 61-41 on Saturday night, the computer polls gave Oklahoma the resounding edge to put them in at #2 in the BCS standings.

Texas, kiss your National Championship hopes goodbye.  The computers have chosen your fate.

In fact, the human polls released this Sunday revealed that the Longhorns had actually gained human votes, and had surpassed Oklahoma in the human formula.  This can’t save the Horns though, as the BCS wreaks havoc again, despite the fact that Texas beat Oklahoma 45-35 during the regular season.

The biggest complaint Big 12 fans have at this point is not directed at the BCS and its antediluvian system.  Rather, its at the Big 12 and its antediluvian system.  It’s about time that the Big 12 learned how to create a head-to-head tiebreaker when faced with three teams all vying for the Big 12 Championship Game.

Big 12, it’s time to get your act together.

End whine.

Week 13 Recap – Anticipating the BCS Championship

Week 13.  Just when you thought it was getting hot, it just scalded your face.

Oklahoma blew the top off Texas Tech this weekend in a stomping that should have made any spectator recoil in pain.  The Oklahoma defense was impenetrable and ravenous, eating Graham Harrell for dinner with four sacks on the night.  Tech just stuck their thumbs in their mouths, and cried.  How embarrassing.

Now that Tech is no longer in contention for the BCS title, lets look at our possible BCS Championship contenders:

Alabama is still #1 in the BCS standings, but they will need to prove their clout against upcoming opponents Auburn and Florida.  The Gators have one of the strongest offenses in the SEC, and are on pace to demolish any team standing in their way to a BCS Championship berth.  I give my vote to Florida for the BCS Championship berth – Alabama is going to have one heck of a time trying to overcome the Gators in the SEC Championship.

In the Big 12, Oklahoma and Texas are sitting pretty with Tech still gasping for breath after this weekend.  Oklahoma will face a ranked Oklahoma State team this coming weekend, and will need to seal the win to capture the Big 12 Championship berth.  If the Sooners are upset by the Cowboys, then Texas Tech will have another opportunity to see the Big 12 title game.  Texas will face Texas A&M this coming weekend, and the Horns are heading into the game as strong favorites over the Big 12 cellar-dweller.  Despite the clear schedule for week 14, nobody knows which way the vote will swing when it comes down to Texas and Oklahoma for the Big 12 title bid.

If both Texas and Oklahoma can defeat their opponents this weekend, then it is likely Oklahoma will pull ahead in the polls due to a tougher schedule.  In that case, It is likely we will watch Oklahoma in the BCS title game.  However, the Longhorns have a way to pull off the unimaginable, so my vote is solid for the Longhorns.

My prediction for the BCS Championship game:
Florida Gators vs. Texas Longhorns