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16 Teams Still Alive for BCS Bid

November 22, 2005

DALLAS (AP) _ Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and UCLA are among the 16 teams under consideration for a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

BCS officials released Tuesday the list of teams still in the running to play in college football’s four marquee bowl games.

The Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the final BCS standings on Dec. 4 play in the Rose Bowl for the national title. The Fiesta and Sugar bowls will be played Jan. 2. The Orange Bowl will be played Jan. 3.

The champions of the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and Southeastern Conferences automatically qualify for a BCS game, and there are two at-large berths available.

Penn State has already clinched the Big Ten’s BCS bid and Southern California is an automatic qualifier from the Pac-10.

Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and UCLA are only eligible for an at-large berth.

The Fighting Irish need to beat Stanford on Saturday to reach the nine wins they need to become eligible for BCS selection.

The other teams that can earn either an automatic bid as a conference champ or an at-large bid are:

Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech from the ACC; Pittsburgh, South Florida and West Virginia from the Big East; Colorado, Iowa State and Texas from the Big 12; Auburn, Georgia and LSU from the SEC.

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