Depending on how you look at things, there are around two to three at-large invitations up for grabs with a small pool of teams competing for those final positions. Yale took itself out of the mess with its win in the Ivy League championship today, but the crab bucket remains a crab bucket. Bracketologists -- individuals involved in a profession that requires the wearing of a laboratory coat for no particular reason -- have checked in with their final projections, efforts that may earn incineration treatment in just a few hours depending on wht the Selection Committee chooses to do.
Here how things look at the moment (click the names to go to the brackets):
|(4)||North Carolina||Ohio State||Denver|
|(3)||Denver||North Carolina||Notre Dame|
|(2)||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Syracuse|
Common last teams out (in no particular order): Bucknell, Pennsylvania, and Princeton. Common last teams in: Loyola, Duke, and Penn State. Those six teams are your focus for the evening in terms of "in-out" considerations.
As for seeding teams and pairing unseeded opponents with them, we'll see how this all shakes out. It looks like there are a few universal expectations -- Notre Dame and Syracuse to find its place at the top of the seeding hierarchy; North Carolina, Ohio State, Denver, and Maryland should have home games in the first round; Cornell and some combination of Penn State, Duke, Loyola, and Yale are in the conversation for a first round home game but are likely to draw a difficult opening weekend opponent (and there isn't a consensus on the opponents); and Syracuse and Notre Dame are getting Bryant and Detroit, respectively -- but this is where the Selection Committee has the greatest opportunity to do its own thing.