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What happens if FIU finishes the season 12-0?

This may not be easy to swallow for FAU fans, but after FIU defeated Central Florida on Saturday, I have seen the point made that Florida International has a good chance to go 12-0 this season.

Here’s a recent entry from Miami New Times of all places.

It would be easy to dismiss such thoughts, but as much as I hate to say it, the Panthers do have a chance at running the table.

If that happens, what does that mean for FIU?

Possibly nothing more than winning the Sun Belt title.

Members of the Sun Belt Conference have always held on to the hope it could crash a BCS game like TCU, Boise State, Hawaii or Utah have done in the past.

However, here are the BCS rules for a team from the Sun Belt making it to a BCS bowl game:

 

3. The champion of Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference (hereinafter "non-AQ group") will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if either:


A. Such team is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings, or


B. Such team is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS Standings and its ranking in the final BCS Standings is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls.

 

No more than one such team from the non-AQ group shall earn an automatic berth in any year. (Note: A second team may be eligible for at-large eligibility as noted below.) If two or more teams from those conferences satisfy the provisions for an automatic berth, then the team with the highest finish in the final BCS Standings will receive the automatic berth, and the remaining team or teams will be considered for at-large selection if it meets the criteria.

 

I would never want to rain on the FIU parade, but I'm not so sure the Panthers would meet these standards. It 's early in the season, but I don't see FIU finishing in the Top 12 of the BCS poll.

 

September 19, 2011

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