Projecting BCS bowl matchups

Notre Dame is in BCS title game, plus next teams in line for each bid

Originally Published: November 18, 2012
By Brad Edwards | ESPN Insider
Notre DameJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesIf the Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat USC, they will play in the BCS title game.

The losses of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the BCS standings (Kansas State and Oregon) this weekend significantly changed my BCS bowl projections and lists of the next teams in line for each bid. We'll start off with the BCS Championship Game this week, looking at the scenarios that need to play out for each of the national title contenders to make it into the game.

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Current prediction: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Next up for BCS No. 1 and No. 2 spots: Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Kansas State

For Alabama, Georgia and Notre Dame, the path to a national championship game berth is simple: Win your remaining games. For Bama, that means beating an overmatched Auburn team and then defeating Georgia in the SEC title game; for Georgia, it means defeating Georgia Tech and then taking down the Crimson Tide; and for Notre Dame, it means beating USC on the road on Saturday.

For the teams next in line, earning a title game berth isn't as simple. Here's what each team needs:

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