The Gator football team, completing an improbable 11-1 regular season, remains fourth in this week’s BCS standings released Sunday.
Unbeaten Notre Dame is 12-0 and will play in the national title game probably against the winner of this weekend’s SEC Championship Game between number two Alabama and number three Georgia.
Still, Florida has probably locked up a BCS bowl berth, probably in the Sugar Bowl. Who the Gators would play remains up in the air with some regular season and championship games to be played.
Florida could be playing a team like Oklahoma or Kansas State from the Big 12; some believe one of those teams would end up in the Fiesta Bowl and the other in the Sugar Bowl if both win out. The Orange Bowl could have the ACC winner against the Big East winner and the Rose Bowl is still to be determined as well.
Several SEC teams have had 10 win or better seasons but there are only so many bowl spots left. If Alabama wins, it goes to the national title game and many believe Georgia would end up in the Capital One Bowl. LSU, Texas A&M and South Carolina have also had 10 win seasons and many expect either LSU or A&M to be in the Cotton Bowl but a lot can happen to change where teams will play in the postseason.
What could further muddy the water is if a non-BCS team would crack the top 16, it would automatically qualify for a BCS game. Currently, Kent State and Northern Illinois have a chance to do that, and those teams will met in the MAC title game Friday night. Boise State also has a shot to crack the top 16. If one of those teams does get in, the Big East might be the big loser because none of their teams is ranked higher than the at large teams.