After Friday Night’s 36-35 Victory in the Civil War against Oregon State. Oregon(10-2) needed some help to reach a BCS Bowl. It was already a longshot at best, but Penn State may have helped the Ducks and their cause. Wisconsin with a win on Saturday would have been one of two choices from the Big 10 to play in the Bowl Championship Series, along with likely Ohio State. With the loss on Saturday to Penn State the BCS may be out for the Badgers as they will likely fall out of the Top 14 in the BCS rankings, which is a requirement to be considered. That would open the door for someone.
Why not Oregon? The Bowl of choice of course is the National Championship, but that is out. The Rose Bowl will be decided between Stanford and Arizona State with the winner headed to Pasadena to smell the Roses and face the winner of the Big 10 Championship between Ohio State and Michigan State, both games are next Saturday.
Michigan gave the Buckeyes all they could handle on Saturday and would have pulled off the upset of the number 3 team in the country if a 2 point conversion with 32 seconds left succeeded.
Back to Oregon. The Orange Bowl has the final pick for an At Large and this would be the likely available spot for Marcus Mariota and company. The ultimate decision will be made next Saturday night at the conclusion of the Championship games. Oregon is riding high off a victory over in state rival Oregon State and that feeling will last through at least this week and likely beyond. Waiting for Bowl Season will be just a little bit easier.
The Ducks will likely be headed to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl or San Diego for the Holiday Bowl, but the Wisconsin loss opens the BCS door just a little wider for Oregon.
UPDATE: Auburn upsets #1 Alabama.