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 Post subject: Who can play BCS games?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:04 pm 
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Since the BCS is run independent of NCAA, what are the limitations/allowance to participation?

Is the BCS open to teams outside the 11 major conferences and Notre Dame? If Navy, Army, or Western Kentucky have a dominant and undefeated season this fall, are they eligible? (Obviously I don't think any of them are going undefeated, I'm just thinking about possibilities.) I'm sure several BCS bowls would love to have an undefeated Navy, but are those schools outside the contractual agreements?

What if it's not even a FBS school? Could a deserving FCS team be invited? (I assume they couldn't be because the NCAA governs FCS schools' postseason.)

Could the BCS be opened up to schools in Canada and Mexico?

In the future, could the BCS explicitly exclude FBS schools/conferences that are now part of the agreement? For example, the BCS bowls want teams with plenty of fans. So, could the BCS limit participation to schools with a minimum average attendance.

I guess my questions boil down to "How much freedom does the BCS have?"


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