Aside from if Oklahoma State or Alabama will take on LSU in the BCS National Championship, one of the big questions heading into the release of the final BCS standings of the season revolves around if Michigan will jump into the top 14. Michigan was ranked 16th a week ago, and to be eligible for an at-large berth the Wolverines need a top-14 ranking.
Based on what happened on Saturday, it appears Michigan will in fact be ranked in the top 14, according to the latest BCS standings projections.
Here's the projected final BCS Standings:
1. LSU, 2. Oklahoma State, 3. Alabama, 4. Stanford, 5. Oregon, 6. Boise State, 7. Arkansas, 8. Kansas State, 9. South Carolina, 10. Wisconsin, 11. Baylor, 12. Virginia Tech, 13. Michigan, 14. Houston, 15. Oklahoma, 16. Michigan State, 17. Clemson, 18. TCU, 19. Georgia, 20. Nebraska.
BCS Guru's projections have Michigan passing Houston, Oklahoma and Georgia, which all lost big on Saturday. The projections also have Michigan moving ahead of Michigan State, which narrowly lost to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. Although Baylor is projected to jump the Wolverines, Michigan will be sitting pretty if it does in fact end up 13th.
Should Michigan be in the top 14, it is likely going to be the first at-large team off the board. If Alabama ends up in the BCS National Championship, expect the Sugar Bowl to go with Michigan as one of its teams. At the same time, expect the Fiesta Bowl to go with Michigan as its replacement for Oklahoma State if the Cowboys end up taking on LSU in the title game. Either way, the situation looks good for Michigan in terms of making a BCS bowl.