In a playoff scenario that includes 8 teams (all conference champions in the BCS top 25, and at larges if there are not enough ranked conference champs) Bama gets in because West Virginia lost and the Big East is no longer included. After Thanksgiving weekend we wouldn't need that bit of luck.
1. Auburn (SEC)* * = moved up/new to board
2. Oregon (PAC 10)
3. Boise St. (WAC)
4. TCU (MWC)*
5. Michigan St. (Big Ten)*
6. Missouri (Big 12)*
7. Florida State (ACC)
8. Alabama (at large)*
With that lineup we would be able to set up a playoff scenario as follows:
1 Auburn vs. 8 Alabama 2 Oregon vs. 7 Florida St.
4 TCU vs. 5 Michigan St. 3 Boise St. vs. 6 Missouri