Does Kent State have a real shot in making the BCS as an automatic qualifier? The BCS Selection Procedures states "The champion of Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference 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.
With Wisconsin unranked in the BCS and the chance to make the Rose Bowl and Georgia Tech having the chance to become the automatic qualifier from the ACC, not to forget neither Louisville nor Rutgers are BCS Ranked and the Big East is considered an automatic qualifier, Kent State has a reach chance of making it if they can knock of NIU and jump up to #16 (currently held by UCLA who faces Stanford this weekend).
One roadblock is that Texas could jump Kent State if they upset Kansas State Saturday