BYU in the BCS?

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After BYU defeated Boise State last Friday night, there was some curiosity surrounding the Cougars' place in the postseason in regards to its BCS positioning in the system's final year.

It was believed by many that unless a bowl-eligible BYU team was in line for a shot at the BCS national championship, the team would be headed to the Fight Hunger Bowl, which brokered a contract with the school so it would have a postseason option if it was not eligible for college football's national championship game.

But because BYU still has high-profile games left against Wisconsin and Notre Dame, the two-loss Cougars still have a chance to impact the BCS race — and not just for the Badgers and Fighting Irish.

In light of the Cougars accepting their Fight Hunger Bowl bid, I reached out to a BYU administrator to see whether the Cougars were eligible for a potential BCS at-large berth outside of the national title game. And it was confirmed to me that BYU is eligible if the BCS wants to take the school as an at-large selection. If a BCS bowl opportunity were to happen for the Cougars, the agreement with the Fight Hunger Bowl indeed allows BYU to go to the BCS bowl.

How possible is this scenario?

Well, if Bronco Mendenhall's squad is able to beat Wisconsin and Notre Dame, it would be a very attractive candidate at 10-2 because of the school's strong fan base that travels well. If Northern Illinois and Fresno State falter, a 10-2 BYU team could find itself in the BCS at-large mix, possibly the Fiesta Bowl, which picks last in the selection process.

My latest bowl projections still have the Cougars facing Pac-12 representative Oregon State on December 27 in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco. But wins over the Badgers and Irish certainly could make things interesting for the school depending upon the fates of other high-profile teams the rest of the way.

Dave Miller, the college football editor and writer for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.

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