BCS Bowl Predictions 2012: Teams That Have Locked Up Berths

Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 18, 2012

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 17:  Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats hands the ball to John Hubert #33 against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Week 12 of the college football season is in the books, and as always, there were some stunning upsets that will shake things up in the next edition of the BCS rankings

Now, with each team having two or fewer games remaining on their respective schedules, we finally have a reasonably accurate idea of which teams will be partaking in BCS bowls following the end of the regular season. 

Though it's impossible to confidently predict which teams will be playing in each of the five BCS bowls, here's a look at the teams that have locked up invitations to BCS bowl games.



Following No. 1 Kansas State's loss to Baylor, it looked like the Oregon Ducks would be the nation's new top dog, but it wasn't meant to be, as the Ducks fell to Stanford on Saturday night. 

The Ducks may not be in the BCS National Championship Game, but they'll be headed to a BCS Bowl regardless, because as was the case with Alabama, a loss to a Top 15 team won't cause them to fall out of the Top Five.


Kansas State 

No, it won't finish the season undefeated anymore, and while the team's loss to Baylor was about as ugly as it gets, Kansas State will still be on its way to a BCS Bowl. 

Collin Klein and the Wildcats need to beat Texas in their season finale, but unless KSU's first 10 games were a mirage, that won't be a problem, and they'll undoubtedly be a Top 10 team at the very least. 



Once considered to be a lock for the national title game, Nick Saban's Crimson Tide suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Texas A&M, but all is not lost for the reigning national champs. 

That's because if the Tide do what's expected of them by beating Auburn and winning the SEC title, Alabama will be a Top Three team at season's end, and after Oregon and Kansas State lost on Saturday, the Crimson Tide could still take home their second consecutive national championship. 


Notre Dame

At this point, it's almost a foregone conclusion that Notre Dame will be in the national championship game, because as the only one of the heavyweight teams still unbeaten, the Fighting Irish have earned the right to be the No. 1-ranked team. 

The Irish pummeled Wake Forest 38-0 on Saturday, and assuming they can get past No. 18 USC in their regular-season finale, they'll be playing for a national title. 



The Gators' 23-0 win over Jacksonville State put Florida in a great position to be playing in a BCS Bowl, assuming Florida comes out on top against the Seminoles in their final regular-season game next weekend. 

Florida's 10-1 record likely won't be enough to get into the national championship tilt, but it'll get an invite to another big-ticket bowl. 



The real winner on Saturday may have been Georgia, as the Bulldogs stand a good chance at moving up in the rankings following the losses by Oregon and Kansas State. 

Yeah, the loss to South Carolina hurt their chances at being a contender for the national title, but the Bulldogs have run the table otherwise. Assuming they crush Georgia Tech next weekend as expected, they'll be in the Top Five by season's end.