Quote Originally Posted by DiamondDust View Post
Couple of things:

-The Fiesta Bowl has to take the Big 12 Champion. If they lose that spot to the championship game, they can take whoever they want (Assuming it's not another conference champion) in that spot. Oklahoma has been there multiple times, thus opening the door for Notre Dame to go.

-The same goes for the Rose Bowl. If they lose Oregon, the game is looking at having the likes of UCLA or Stanford (And they might not even be eligible based on final BCS standings) against the Big 10 opponent. The draw of Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 20's would be rather appealing.

Assuming it's an Oregon/Kansas State final, Notre Dame's spot will be determined based on what team finishes #1, like Snuffy mentioned.
You are correct. I read the selection process, and if I understand it correctly (man that thing is complicated), the Fiesta is only obligated to take the Big-12 champ, after which they may select a replacement from any team in the eligibility pool. I also read this and wonder if it may have any affect...
5. After completion of the selection process as described in Paragraph Nos. 1-4, the conferences and Notre Dame may, but are not required to, adjust the pairings taking into consideration the following:

A. whether the same team will be playing in the same bowl game for two consecutive years;
B. whether two teams that played against one another in the regular season will be paired against one another in a bowl game;
C. whether the same two teams will play against each other in a bowl game for two consecutive years; and
D. whether alternative pairings may have greater or lesser appeal to college football fans as measured by expected ticket sales for the bowls and by expected television interest, and the consequent financial impact on ESPN and the bowls.

I wonder if ESPN wanted to match Bama and ND in the Sugar would the Fiesta stand in their way? With all the games yet to be played, it may be a moot point anyway, Bama and ND may meet in the NCG...I hope.