2012 College Football Rankings: Bowl Projections

Early Bowl Projections

11/7/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The 2012-13 bowl season is growing near and has begun to take shape. Listed below are my postseason projections, from the BCS National Championship all the way to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.Blog Photo - 2012 College Football Rankings: Bowl Projections


BCS National Championship: Alabama (BCS No. 1) vs. Oregon (BCS No. 2)

With a win in Death Valley, Alabama is almost a sure lock to get into the national title game for the third time in four years. The Crimson Tide have a tough matchup with Texas A&M before welcoming Western Carolina and Auburn, and will likely see Georgia in the conference championship.

Oregon, on the other hand, will have to continue scoring a ton of points in order to keep the BCS numbers alive. A loss from Kansas State and Notre Dame would help immensely, but as of right now, the Ducks are my favorite to reserve a spot in Miami.

Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State (Big 12 No. 1) vs. Notre Dame (BCS at-large)

Assuming the Wildcats finish out undefeated and win the Big 12, they'll likely be represent the conference in the Fiesta Bowl — but man, there will be some room for controversy. Even a one-loss Notre Dame team will make it in, as I project the Irish to stumble in the Coliseum.

Sugar Bowl: Georgia (SEC No. 1) vs. LSU (BCS at-large)

With Alabama in the national championship and Florida's potential loss at Florida State, the Dawgs represent the SEC in the Sugar Bowl and LSU is the next available at-large bid. It's a rematch of last year's conference title game. (P.S.-- the Tigers won).

Orange Bowl: Florida State (ACC No. 1) vs. Louisville (BCS at-large)

When the FSU took out Clemson, it basically won the ACC. Sure, the Noles stumbled along the way (N.C. State), but will finish strong when it takes on either Miami (Fla.) or Duke in the conference title game. Louisville looks to go undefeated in the Big East by beating Rutgers the final game of the regular season.

Rose Bowl: Nebraska (Big Ten No. 1) vs. Stanford (Pac-12 No. 1)

The Pac-12 is a mess. Stanford is good enough to get in with wins over Oregon State and UCLA in the next few weeks, even with a loss to Oregon. But if the Cardinal fall more than once from here on out, things will get interesting and we may see a representative from somewhere other than the Pac-12 (Oklahoma?).

With Ohio State ineligible, Nebraska is the clear-cut favorite to go on and represent the Big Ten after its big wins over Michigan and Michigan State.


GoDaddy.com: Northern Illinois (MAC No. 1) vs. Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt No. 2)

BBVA Compass: Bowling Green (SEC No. 8/9*) vs. ECU (Big East No. 5/C-USA)

Cotton: Oklahoma (Big 12 No. 2) vs. Texas A&M (SEC No. 3/4)

Heart of Dallas: San Jose State (Big Ten No. 7*) vs. Marshall (C-USA)

Outback: Northwestern (Big Ten No. 3) vs. Mississippi State (SEC 3/4)

Gator: Wisconsin (Big Ten No. 4/5) vs. Tennessee (SEC No. 6/7)

Capital One: Michigan (Big Ten No. 2) vs. Florida (SEC No. 2)

Sun: Virginia Tech (ACC No. 4) vs. USC (Pac-12 No. 4)

Music City: North Carolina State (ACC No. 6) vs. Ole Miss (SEC No.7/8)

Liberty: Tulsa (C-USA No. 1) vs. Vanderbilt (Big East/SEC No. 8/9)

Chick-fil-A: Clemson (ACC No. 2) vs. South Carolina (SEC No. 5)

Pinstripe: Iowa State (Big 12 No. 7) vs. Pittsburgh (Big East No. 4)

Kraft Fight Hunger: Arizona (Pac-12 No. 6) vs. Navy (Navy). 

Buffalo Wild Wings: Oklahoma State (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Michigan State (Big Ten No. 4/5)

Armed Forces: Air Force (MWC) vs. Arkansas State (C-USA*)

Alamo: Texas (Big 12 No. 3) vs. Oregon State (Pac-12 No. 2)

Russell Athletic: Rutgers (Big East No. 2) vs. Miami (Fla.) (ACC No. 3)
 
Meineke Car Care: West Virginia (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Minnesota (Big Ten No. 6)

Independence: Kent State (SEC No. 10*) vs. Louisiana Tech (ACC No. 7*)
 
Military: Ball State (ACC No. 8*) vs.  (Army)

Holiday: UCLA (Pac-12 No. 3) vs. Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 5)

Belk: Cincinnati (Big East No. 3) vs. Duke (ACC No. 5)

Little Caesars: Toledo (MAC No. 2) vs. TCU (Big Ten No. 8*)

Hawaii: Nevada (MWC) vs. Houston (C-USA)
 
New Orleans: Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt No. 1) vs. Troy (C-USA*)

Las Vegas: San Diego State (MWC No. 1) vs. Washington (Pac-12 No. 5)

Beef O'Brady's: Miami (Oh.) (Big East No. 6*) vs. SMU (C-USA)

Poinsettia: Boise State (MWC No. 2) vs. BYU (BYU)

New Mexico: Fresno State (MWC 4/5) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12 No. 7)

Famous Idaho Potato: Ohio (MAC No. 3) vs. Utah State (WAC)

*Replacement team for conference that can't fill bids. 
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11/6/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

maroon&gold4eve wrote:
Some of these are very interesting. However,I just dont see Clemson an South Carolina meeting in a bowl after only playing a month earlier.

It happened with Nebraska and Washington in 2010.

11/6/12   |   maroon&gold4eve   |   14304 respect

Some of these are very interesting. However,I just dont see Clemson an South Carolina meeting in a bowl after only playing a month earlier.