Step one is done - Florida State has advanced to the National Championship Game to officially open up a spot in the Orange Bowl.
Along the way, No. 14 Northern Illinois went down this weekend to give BCS hopefuls like Clemson one more top destination to vie for.
As it stands now, the ACC Tigers are likely south Florida-bound, but you want Bama? Well, that's probably not on the docket anymore.
In the Big Ten title game, Michigan State knocked off 12-0 and No. 2 Ohio State to clinch a Rose Bowl bid, and also send SEC champ Auburn to Pasadena to meet the 'Noles.
The Orange Bowl has the top at-large selection still and Alabama is the top at-large team, but by BCS rules, the Sugar would have to sign off on the top SEC team (Alabama) heading to Miami. That's not likely.
Ohio State then becomes the shoe-in pick for the Orange with the best record, a big fanbase and going to their first bowl in two seasons.
Revised bowl projections... (Clinched in bold)
CBS Sports: Jerry Palm - Clemson v. Ohio State
O&W: Clemson v. Ohio State
CBS Sports: Jerry Palm - Florida State v. Auburn
O&W: Florida State v. Auburn
CBS Sports: Jerry Palm - Alabama v. Oklahoma
O&W: Alabama v. Oklahoma
CBS Sports: Jerry Palm - Baylor v. Central Florida
O&W: Baylor v. Central Florida
CBS Sports: Jerry Palm - Michigan State v. Stanford
O&W: Michigan State v. Stanford
ACC bowl projections...
Chick-fil-A: Duke v. Texas A&M
Texas: Syracuse v. Minnesota
Sun: Virginia Tech v. UCLA
Independence: Boston College v. Arizona
Music City: Georgia Tech v. Ole Miss
Russell Athletic: Louisville v. Miami
Belk: Cincinnati v. North Carolina
Military: Maryland v. Marshall
Little Caesers: Pittsburgh v. Bowling Green