By TPR Staff

With championship weekend complete, and all of this year’s conference winners determined, the college football bowl season is beginning to look a bit more clear. As fans who were surveyed in the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll already told you heading into this past weekend, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide stood the best chance to win this season’s BCS Championship. After the Tide sneaked past the Georgia Bulldogs due to poor clock mismanagement on the part of Mark Richt, Aaron Murray and the rest of the ‘Dawgs’ coaching staff, Alabama and Notre dame are now the only two teams with a shot at winning the BCS Championship, as they will be the two teams selected to face off in the national title game as they are projected to finish the regular season as the top two teams.

Georgia, unfortunately, may fall completely out of the BCS Bowl picture, although it is certainly not fair to the Bulldogs. But where there is still no playoff system implemented in college football, we are stuck with more BCS controversy. While they will all still likely receive a BCS Bowl invite, fans of the Florida Gators, Oregon Ducks and Kansas State Wildcats also have a gripe about not being able to play for the national championship, as all of them – like Alabama – finished the year with just one loss in 2012.

But we know better. Unless two teams finish as the only two undefeated teams in the country, there will always be a bit of controversy in the selection process. Without a true playoff system, this has always been the case, with this year being no different.

I guess we should consider ourselves fortunate that at least Notre Dame went 12-0, meaning only one of the spots in the title game can be a bit contested.

Before we take a look at what this year’s BCS Bowl games may look like, take a look at the complete results from the most recent Discover Fan loyalty Poll. College football fans across the country were asked which teams stood the best chance to win the BCS Championship, with Alabama still topping Notre Dame. That will likely not change after the Tide won their conference championship game on Saturday. As things will stand, they will be the only two teams who have a shot at the title.

Fans were also asked what they would rather have this Holiday season – gifts or seeing their favorite team win the BCS Championship. Aside from fans of the Irish and Tide, the rest of them may as well opt for presents underneath the tree this season. Here is a look at the official results.

How would you have voted, especially if you were asked this question with a playoff system in place? Would that have changed your stance? After all, fans of the Gators, Ducks, Wildcats and many more teams would have had a chance to stake their claim as the nation’s best with an actual postseason tournament, as opposed to bowl games that result in exhibition contests, aside from the BCS Championship game.

Looking back to the BCS Bowl games this season, we already can pencil in the Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide to face off in the BCS Championship Game. That much is certain. While other automatic bids were captured this weekend with team’s winning their conference championship games, a few at-large bids are still undecided. Will the Northern Illinois Huskies be able to climb into the top 16 n the final BCS Standings in order to take the place of the Oklahoma Sooners? While I feel as if they may come up one spot short, anything can happen. With that being said, here is a look at how I feel the the BCS Bowl selections will go when they are revealed later this evening.

* BCS Championship Game – Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

* Fiesta Bowl – Oregon Ducks vs. Kansas State Wildcats

* Sugar Bowl – Florida Gators vs. Oklahoma Sooners

* Orange Bowl – Florida State Seminoles vs. Louisville Cardinals

* Rose Bowl – Stanford Cardinal vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Stay tuned to The Pigskin Report for complete coverage of the entire college football bowl season, leading all the way up to the BCS Championship game. We will have you covered throughout all 35 bowl games with previews and predictions, as well as the most in depth analysis of the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. Make sure to Like Discover on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, as they have provided entertaining results throughout the entire 2012 NCAA Football campaign!

* The 15-week Discover Fan Loyalty Poll is conducted by Rasmussen Reports, a nationally recognized leader in polling, who gathers sentiment by phone from 800 college football fans who follow games at least once per week on television, radio, in person or online.

Discover launched the Fan Loyalty Poll to give die-hard fans a platform to showcase their dedication and love for their favorite college football team leading up to the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. Each week the poll will offer new questions about what college football fans are thinking this season.

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