Oregon Gets Pac-10 BCS Berth; Stanford Hopes For At-Large Pick
(CBS / AP) — The Oregon Ducks and Auburn Tigers locked up spots in the national title game Saturday.
Ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25, Oregon (12-0) defeated Oregon State 37-20 and No. 2 Auburn (13-0) routed No. 18 South Carolina 56-17 in the SEC title game to secure spots in the BCS title game, Jan. 10 in Glendale, Arizona.
The title pairing will become official Sunday night when the BCS awards spots in the Rose, Sugar, Orange and Fiesta Bowls along with the national championship game
Stanford joins Arkansas and Ohio State, all idle Saturday, among the top choices for at-large spots in BCS bowl games.
Other factors affecting BCS pairings:
_This year’s “have not” is TCU, which finished 12-0. But it topped the non-BCS Mountain West Conference, not the highly regarded SEC, and never had the cache to break into the top two. The Horned Frogs will almost certainly end up making their first trip to the Rose Bowl, where they’ll likely play Wisconsin, the pick from a three-way tie for the Big Ten title because of its higher BCS ranking.
_ No. 10 Oklahoma has a night game against No. 13 Nebraska in the Big 12 championship with the winner guaranteed of a spot in the Fiesta Bowl, set for Jan. 1 at the same stadium where Oregon and Auburn will meet.
_ No. 12 Virginia Tech was playing No. 20 Florida State in the ACC title game, the winner going to the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.
_ Connecticut had a meeting with South Florida, with a share of the Big East title and a BCS spot on the line. The Huskies were trying to sneak into the BCS despite a four-loss season.
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