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champions to the NCG, it will receive two replacement picks. A bowl choosing a replacement team may not select any of the following:

  • a.

    A team in the NCG;

  • b.

    The host team for another BCS Bowl;

Further, when two bowls lose host teams, the bowl losing the No. 1 team may not select a replacement team from the same conference as the No. 2 team, unless the bowl losing the No. 2 team consents.

  • 4.

    Any bowl with an unfilled slot shall select a team from the automatic qualifiers and/ or at-large teams in the following order:

    • a.

      The bowl played on the date nearest to the National Championship Game will pick first - for 2009, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl;

    • b.

      The bowl played on the date second-nearest to the National Championship Game will pick second - for 2009, the Allstate Sugar Bowl;

    • c.

      The bowl hosting the game that is played in the time slot immediately after the Rose Bowl game will pick third - for 2009, the FedEx Orange Bowl.

All host teams earning an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game must be selected to play in one of the BCS bowls. No more than two teams from any single conference may be selected to play in the BCS bowl games.

  • 5.

    After completion of the selection process as described in Paragraph Nos. 1-4, the conferences and Notre Dame may, but are not required to, adjust the pairings taking into consideration the following:

    • a.

      whether the same team will be playing in the same bowl game for two consecutive years, and/or;

    • b.

      whether two teams that played against one another in the regular season will be paired against one another in a bowl game, and/or;

    • c.

      whether the same two teams will play against each other in a bowl game for two consecutive years, and/or;

    • d.

      whether alternative pairings may have greater or lesser appeal to college football fans as measured by expected ticket sales for the bowls and by expected television interest, and the consequent financial impact on Fox and the bowls.

The pairings may not be altered by removing the Big 10 Champion or Pac-10 champion from the Rose Bowl.

The 2008-09 Bowl Championship Series Standings

The Harris Interactive College Football Poll, USA Today Coaches Poll and computer rankings each constitute one-third of the BCS Standings. To derive the three percentages, each team is assigned an inverse point total (25 for No. 1, 24 for No. 2, etc.).

The two poll percentages are calculated by dividing each team’s point total by a maximum 2,850 possible points (Harris) and 1525 possible points (USA Today). The computer rankings percentage is calculated by dropping the highest and lowest ranking for each team and then dividing the remaining total by 100 (the maximum possible points).

The percentage totals of the harris Interactive Poll, USA Today Poll, and the computer rankings are then averaged. The teams’averages are ranked to produce the BCS Standings.


The six computer rankings providers are Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin and Peter Wolfe. Each computer ranking provider accounts for schedule strength within its formula.

The BCS Standings are used to:

1. Determine the two teams that qualify to play in the BCS Nataional Championship Game;

  • 2.

    Determining any other automatic qualifiers, and;

  • 3.

    Establishing the pool of teams eligible for at-large selection.

Harris Interactive College Football Poll

The Harris poll was first used during the 2005 regular season. To provide the initial pool of potential panelist, each conference submitted the names of 30 qualified individuals; Harris Interactive randomly selected 10 panelist from among the names submitted by each conference. Notre Dame submitted a list of six qualified individuals, from which Harris randomly selected three. Army and Navy together submitted a list of three qualified individuals, from which Harris selected one.

The Harris Poll is released for 11 consecutive weeks each season, including the final poll on selection Sunday.

Tie-Breaking Procedure

The following steps will be used to resolve any ties in the BCS Standings after the computation is carried out to full decimal points:

  • 1.

    Look to head-to-head results;

  • 2.

    If the tie is not resolved by No. 1, evaluate results against the highest-ranked common opponent in the BCS Standings;

  • 3.

    If the ties is not resolved by No. 1 or No. 2, calculate tied teams’ place in BCS Standings using all six computer providers (i.e., do not throw out the high and low computer rankings) and the Harris and Coaches polls;

  • 4.

    If the ties is not resolved by paragraph No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3, then conduct a drawing.

Standards for Future BCS Automatic Qualification

The champions of the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-10 and Southeastern conferences will have annual automatic qualification for a BCS game through the 2013 regular season, based on mathematical standards of performance during the 2004-2007 regular seasons.

The evaluation data includes the following for each conference:

  • 1.

    The ranking of the highest-ranked team in the final BCS Standings each year;

  • 2.

    The final regular-season rankings of all conference teams in the computer rankings

used by the BCS each year, and; 3. The number of teams in the Top 25 of the final BCS Standings each year.

The 2008-2011 regular season will be evaluated under the same standards to determine if other conferences will have annual automatic qualificationfor the games after the 2012 and 2013 regular season. The champions of no more than seven conferences will have annual


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