Yeshayahu Ginsburg is a new addition to the BuckeyeXtra.com lineup in 2013. A native of Bexley who's currently enrolled in graduate school in New York, Yesh has been a student of the BCS since he was 9.
For the Ohio State football team and its fans, the regular season came to a disappointing end -- to say the least. But the Buckeyes still will be going to a BCS bowl game and have a shot at a top-four finish. This year's BCS selection day should be void of much drama, because the five BCS games are basically already locked in. Unless we see a massive voter revolt to put Alabama or Michigan State in the national championship game -- which won’t happen -- the BCS bowls are obvious.
National championship game
Florida State Seminoles vs. Auburn Tigers
This is simple. Florida State, with its beatdown of Duke, should be a near-unanimous No.1, not that unanimity will make a difference. The Seminoles will meet Auburn, whose miracle season continues as it slides up to the No.2 spot after Ohio State’s loss.
Michigan State Spartans vs Stanford Cardinal
There is no predicting necessary for the Rose. Both teams are locked into this matchup.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Clemson Tigers
The Orange Bowl gets the first replacement pick because Florida State will be the No.1 team. The Orange also gets the first at-large choice.
Because the Sugar Bowl will take Alabama as the replacement for Auburn, the Orange Bowl essentially gets to pick its matchup. The Orange obviously will take Ohio State, which has the biggest and most dedicated traveling fan base of all the available teams. The Orange also most likely will take Clemson -- which also has a fairly large and dedicated fan base -- to keep its ACC ties.
It is slightly possible that the Orange Bowl will snub the ACC and take Oklahoma, which has the bigger national brand and following. However, Clemson is big enough to hold its own and has a nationally known quarterback in Tahj Boyd. I think the ACC ties pushes the Tigers over the hump.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Oklahoma Sooners
The Sugar Bowl will take Alabama to replace Auburn. That is a no-brainer. Now, the question is who does the Sugar take as the second team?
Conventional wisdom says it’s a choice between Oklahoma and Oregon. There is a slight -- though very unlikely -- chance, though, that Oklahoma will manage to rise only to 15th in the BCS standings. If that happens, the Sugar Bowl would choose Oregon over Oklahoma State. However, Oklahoma has a much larger national following and traveling fan base than Oregon. The Sugar Bowl would take the Sooners. In the unlikely event that the Orange Bowl already took Oklahoma (instead of Clemson), the Sugar Bowl would take Clemson over Oregon because it is a much shorter trip for Clemson fans.
Baylor Bears vs. Central Florida Knights
Like the Rose, there are no decisions for the Fiesta Bowl to make. It gets the Big 12 champion, and there is still an automatic qualifier left that needs a BCS spot.