Tuesday, November 26, 2013

College Football 2013 - Bowl Projections (as of November 26, 2013)

With one regular week and a week of Championship games plus miscellaneous finales remaining, the Bowl picture has started to take shape.  There are only a few teams that can still become bowl-eligible, so the pool of teams is solidifying itself.  My estimate is that 75 teams will be bowl-eligible, meaning 5 of those teams will be left out of the mix.  Below is my conjecture as to where teams might be playing around the Holidays.

BCS National Championship Game:  Alabama Crimson Tide vs Florida State Seminoles
Rose Bowl:  Ohio State Buckeyes vs Arizona State Sun Devils
Sugar Bowl:  Auburn Tigers vs UCF Golden Knights
Orange Bowl:  Clemson Tigers vs Wisconsin Badgers
Fiesta Bowl:  Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Fresno State Bulldogs

Obviously a lot could change here with an upset or two, but if the favorites take care of business, this is what I see for the BCS.  Arizona State might be the biggest surprise, but a win over Arizona puts them at home for the PAC-12 Championship Game and they have been the conference's best team of late as is.

Capital One Bowl:  Missouri Tigers vs Michigan State Spartans
Cotton Bowl:  LSU Tigers vs Baylor Bears
Alamo Bowl:  Oregon Ducks vs Oklahoma Sooners
Outback Bowl:  Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Texas A&M Aggies
Russell Athletic Bowl:  Duke Blue Devils vs Louisville Cardinals
Chick Fil-A Bowl:  Miami Hurricanes vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Holiday Bowl:  Stanford Cardinal vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
Sun Bowl:  USC Trojans vs Virginia Tech Hokies
Gator Bowl:  Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Georgia Bulldogs
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl:  Iowa Hawkeyes vs Texas Longhorns
Music City Bowl:  Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Ole Miss Rebels
Belk Bowl:  North Carolina Tar Heels vs Houston Cougars
Advocare V100 Bowl:  Boston College Eagles vs Northern Illinois Huskies
Pinstripe Bowl:  Cincinnati Bearcats vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Military Bowl:  Pittsburgh Panthers vs East Carolina Pirates
Liberty Bowl:  Vanderbilt Commodores vs Marshall Thundering Herd
Las Vegas Bowl:  UCLA Bruins vs Utah State Aggies
Texas Bowl:  Michigan Wolverines vs Kansas State Wildcats
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl:  BYU Cougars vs Washington Huskies
New Mexico Bowl:  Arizona Wildcats vs Colorado State Rams
Armed Forces Bowl:  Navy Midshipmen vs Boise State Broncos
Poinsettia Bowl:  San Diego State Aztecs vs Arkansas State Red Wolves
Hawaii Bowl:  Rice Owls vs UNLV Running Rebels
Heart of Dallas Bowl:  North Texas Mean Green vs Oregon State Beavers
Beef O'Brady's Bowl:  Middle Tennesse State Blue Raiders vs Ohio Bobcats
New Orleans Bowl:  Tulane Green Wave vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
Little Caesars Bowl:  Ball State Cardinals vs Maryland Terrapins
GoDaddy.com Bowl:  Buffalo Bulls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:  Toledo Rockets vs Washington State Cougars
BBVA Compass Bowl:  Rutgers Scarlett Knights vs Bowling Green Falcons

Bowl-Eligible teams not selected:  UTSA, Florida Atlantic, Central Michigan, Troy and Texas State

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