"I tend to think right now, there's a lot to be played, but I don't see how they could avoid being in a BCS game somewhere," Fiesta Bowl executive director Robert Shelton said. "They have four games left. Anything can happen, but they're looking so strong. Even if they only win two of those, certainly if they win three or four, they will be in a BCS game." (CBSSports.com)
According to BCSfootball.org, to qualify for the BCS at large a team must meet these requirements:
A. Has won at least nine regular-season games, and
B. Is among the top 14 teams in the final BCS Standings.
There is also a special provision for Notre Dame:
Notre Dame will have an automatic berth if it is in the top eight of the final BCS Standings.
I have nothing against the Irish or their accomplishments so far this season, but it would be nice if BCS officials would let things play out before they decided. Notre Dame seems to share a certain love or hate relationship among fans so I wonder what the reaction would be if they get chosen over a higher ranked team for a BCS Bowl. But if the Irish stay undefeated, there will be no controversy in those regards; the only argument then would be whether they get into the BCS national championship or not.
Notre Dame's Remaining Games
Sat, Nov 3 vs Pittsburgh
Sat, Nov 10 at Boston College
Sat, Nov 17 vs Wake Forest
Sat, Nov 24 at USC