2012 College Football Rankings: Final Bowl Projections

Final Bowl Projections

11/28/12 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.

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

Finishing with their first 12-0 record since 1988—also their last national championship win, the Irish are a sure lock for the title game. Alabama should be able to get by Georgia in the SEC Championship, which would put it in the NC for the third time in four seasons.

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

Despite losing to Baylor, Kansas State bounces back against Texas and wins the outright Big 12 title. Oregon receives an at-large bid after failing to make an appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Sugar Bowl: Florida (SEC No. 1) vs. Oklahoma (BCS at-large)

With the win over Florida State—and a Georgia loss to Alabama—Florida replaces the Tide as the SEC’s No. 1 team. Even with two losses, Oklahoma is still BCS qualified and will try to win its fourth straight bowl.

Orange Bowl: Florida State (ACC No. 1) vs. Louisville (Big East No. 1)

Florida State breezes through Georgia Tech and reaches Miami for the first time since 2005. Louisville is in major jeopardy of missing out on a BCS, even it if it wins the Big East—it all depends on what Boise State and Kent State do in the standings.

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

With 12-0 Ohio State ineligible, the Huskers glide through the Big Ten title game and beat Wisconsin handily. Stanford beats UCLA for the second time in a week to advance to the Rose Bowl.

GoDaddy.com: Northern Illinois (MAC No. 1) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt No. 2)

BBVA Compass: Ole Miss (SEC No. 8/9*) vs. Pittsburgh (Big East No. 5)

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

Heart of Dallas: Purdue (Big Ten No. 7) vs. Baylor (Big 12 No. 8*)

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

Gator: Wisconsin (Big Ten No. 4) vs. Vanderbilt (SEC No. 6)

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

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

Music City: Louisiana Tech (ACC No. 6*) vs. Mississippi State (SEC No. 7/8)

Liberty: Central Florida (C-USA No. 1) vs. Bowling Green (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. Syracuse (Big East No. 4)

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

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

Armed Forces: Rice (C-USA No. 5) vs. Air Force (MWC No. 4)

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

Russell Athletic: Rutgers (Big East No. 2) vs. N.C. State (ACC No. 3)

Meineke Car Care: West Virginia (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Minnesota (Big Ten No. 6)

Independence: Middle Tennessee (SEC No. 10*) vs. Western Kentucky (ACC No. 7*)

Military: Ohio (ACC No. 8*) vs. LA-Monroe (Army*)

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

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

Little Caesars: Kent State (MAC No. 2) vs. San Jose State (Big Ten No. 8*)

Hawaii: Fresno State (MWC No. 3) vs. SMU (C-USA No. 4)

New Orleans: LA-Lafayette (Sun Belt No. 1) vs. East Carolina (C-USA No. 3)

Las Vegas: Boise State (MWC No. 1) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12 No. 5)

Beef O'Brady's: Toledo (Big East No. 6*) vs. Tulsa (C-USA No. 2)

Poinsettia: San Diego State (MWC No. 2) vs. BYU (BYU).

New Mexico: Nevada (MWC No. 5) vs. USC (Pac-12 No. 7)

Famous Idaho Potato: Ball State (MAC No. 3) vs. Utah State (WAC No. 1)

*Replacement team for conference that can't fill bids.

Note: Teams in bold have already accepted respective bowl bid.
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11/28/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19813 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
That's what you said in all five or their losses, too... haha just kidding, man. Good luck to them!

thing is.....they WERE NOT BLOWN OUT in any game this year...just didnt do enough to win the close games..........

11/28/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Jeff_P wrote:
tooooooooooooooo funny......NEBRASKA WILL NOT HANDLE WISCONSIN EASILY.....in fact...WISCONSIN WILL WIN THE GAME AND GO TO THE ROSE BOWL......GOOOOOO BADGERS.......

That's what you said in all five or their losses, too... haha just kidding, man. Good luck to them!

11/28/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19813 respect

tooooooooooooooo funny......NEBRASKA WILL NOT HANDLE WISCONSIN EASILY.....in fact...WISCONSIN WILL WIN THE GAME AND GO TO THE ROSE BOWL......GOOOOOO BADGERS.......

11/28/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

234jones wrote:
Once the Capital One picks, the Cotton & Outback "share" the 4th pick.  The Cotton gets preference of West teams, the Outback East.  There is NO WAY the Cotton would pass on an A&M-Texas game.

Good point.

11/28/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I agree with 234jones. I also think Georgia will beat Alabama, throwing a wrench in a lot of this. 

11/28/12   |   234jones   |   2 respect

Once the Capital One picks, the Cotton & Outback "share" the 4th pick.  The Cotton gets preference of West teams, the Outback East.  There is NO WAY the Cotton would pass on an A&M-Texas game.