Even if Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer had his way this year, the No. 5 Hokies would still be on the outside looking in when it comes to the national championship race -- at least according to this week's BCS standings.
Under the plus-one model Beamer favors, LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Stanford would be the top four teams.
"I really believe if we could get it down to the four teams, two games, those four play, and then you have a championship game after that, and I think as I've told you a lot of times, the year we played Auburn down in the Sugar Bowl, that's the one that kind of convinced me because they were undefeated along with two other teams and they didn't get a chance to play for the national championship, and they were good enough to do it," Beamer said. "They were a really good football team. ... But you know, that to me I think would be the best solution to this whole thing if we could get down to four teams."
Of course it would be even better for Beamer if the Hokies were one of those four, and with a win in the ACC championship game and an Oklahoma State loss to Oklahoma, BCS guru Brad Edwards said the Hokies could still climb as high as No. 3 in the BCS standings.
Unfortunately for Virginia Tech and the ACC, No. 3 still doesn't make the cut in the current system.