With the first 2012 BCS standings out, Brad Edwards looks ahead and projects the five BCS bowl matchups, plus the next teams in line for each bid.
Heading into Saturday's USC-Notre Dame showdown, Brad Edwards looks back at the numbers that show the Irish have been stuck in a state of mediocrity for nearly two decades. A win over the Trojans could start Notre Dame back on the right path.
USC opens the season in a familiar spot in ESPN The Magazine's preseason Power 16.
With the 12 remaining unbeatens residing in five conferences, the BCS scenarios are easier to identify this season.
Six teams still have BCS title-game aspirations, but LSU and Kansas will meet for the championship if each team wins out, writes Brad Edwards.
It's down to five teams with a realistic chance at the BCS title game. That means the participants might not be decided until the last day of the regular season, writes Brad Edwards.
LSU is in the driver's seat for the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings but it might be possible for Kansas to leapfrog the Tigers by winning out, writes Brad Edwards.
There's no way for Michigan or Florida to reach the BCS title game without UCLA beating USC, writes Brad Edwards.
Keeping Michigan No. 2 in the BCS standings was a show of respect, but USC is still in the driver's seat, writes Brad Edwards.
Not as many scenarios are in play after the recent upsets, but there are still plenty of possibilities in the race for the BCS title game.
While Louisville is still in fine shape for a bowl game, it's position at No. 3 is not rock solid.
And they're off! As many as 10 teams had their BCS title game hopes lifted when USC lost to Oregon State.
This weekend turned out a lot of excitement but very little action in the latest BCS standings.
It's shaping up to be a three-team race to reach the BCS National Championship Game.
If things stay the same, many will be surprised when the first BCS Standings are released Sunday, writes Brad Edwards.