This should not be a struggle for the Mountaineers, as Rutgers is heading into the game with an overall record of 4-7.
Pittsburgh is hoping that both Connecticut and West Virginia slip up this weekend. If both lose, Pittsburgh could slide into a BCS bid.
The Big East still has three teams that can earn a BCS bid, yet it’s questionable if any of these teams deserve a bid.
The Big East has struggled tremendously this year, and it seems as though a team such as Boise State would be more qualified than UConn or West Virginia.
Nonetheless, it is most likely that one of these two teams will be headed to Miami.
PREDICTION: SOUTH FLORIDA DEFEATS CONNECTICUT, 35-17, AND THE MOUNTAINEERS HEAD TO THE ORANGE BOWL.
Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State are stuck in a three-way tie as Big Ten champions, with all three having the same overall record, 11-1, and the same record in conference play, 7-1.
Michigan State and Ohio State do not play this year, and thus the final BCS rankings will determine which team receives the automatic BCS bowl bid.
Michigan State is currently ranked eighth, while Ohio State is sixth and Wisconsin comes in at fifth.
Although Michigan State’s chances look pretty slim, the Spartans are making a pretty convincing case. Michigan State has the toughest schedule out of all three teams, and is the only team of the three that has not lost to one of the other two.
Despite the rationale behind Michigan State’s BCS worthiness, the race to the Rose Bowl will most likely come down to Ohio State and Wisconsin.
If Ohio State rises in the rankings in either of the two human polls, which constitute two-thirds of the BCS, it is possible the Buckeyes could win the tiebreaker over Wisconsin.
However, it seems as though Ohio State will be headed to the Sugar Bowl this year, according to current BCS rankings. Despite the arguments each team has for why it is deserving of a trip to Pasadena, the BCS system has the ultimate authority, and the futures of these teams will be revealed this weekend.
PREDICTION: WISCONSIN WINS THE TIEBREAKER AND EARNS A SPOT IN THE ROSE BOWL.