Notes from Saturday's games
Three topics we need to hit on:
-- No. 16 Virginia Tech (10-2, 8-0 in the ACC) will play No. 22 Florida State (9-3, 6-2) for the ACC title next week. The Hokies have won 10 straight after starting 0-2. Virginia Tech beat Virginia 37-7 on Saturday. Meanwhile, Florida State beat rival Florida 31-7 on Saturday. Jimbo Fisher has now beaten Miami (Fla.) and Florida in his first season as head coach. The Seminoles got a spot in the ACC title game after North Carolina State lost at Maryland. North Carolina had the head-to-head tie-breaker with Florida State, but the loss at Maryland was the third ACC defeat for the Wolfpack.
-- Connecticut beat Cincinnati 38-17 on Saturday. The Huskies need to win at South Florida next Saturday to gain a share of the Big East title. But Connecticut would earn the conference's automatic BCS bid since it holds tie-breakers with West Virginia and Pittsburgh.
-- Stanford will beat Oregon State on Saturday night. It's 38-0 late in the fourth quarter. The win is significant for Stanford, which is currently No. 6 in the BCS standings. Stanford should move up after losses by Boise State and LSU. If Stanford can get into the top 4 and stay there, Stanford would automatically qualify for a BCS at-large bid. Oregon has already clinched the Pac-10.
If Auburn and Oregon play for the BCS national title, the Rose Bowl could have Wisconsin playing TCU. Stanford could end up playing the ACC champion in the Orange Bowl. The Sugar Bowl might have a second SEC team (maybe Arkansas) playing an at-large team like Ohio State. The Fiesta would have the Big 12 champion playing the Big East winner. This is a just a guess. The Big 12 may get a second team into the BCS instead of the SEC or Big Ten.