2012 College Football Rankings: Week 12 Bowl Projections

Bowl Projections: Week 12

11/13/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 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.


BCS National Championship: Oregon (BCS No. 1) vs. Kansas State (BCS No. 2)Blog Photo - 2012 College Football Rankings: Week 12 Bowl Projections

Pending another computer fail and Alabama jump, Oregon and Kansas State are the new favorites to appear in the national championship. The Ducks have a difficult road ahead with matchups against Stanford, Oregon State and a potential Pac-12 title game, while Kansas State must beat Baylor and Texas before becoming a sure lock.

Fiesta Bowl: Texas A&M (BCS at-large) vs. Georgia (BCS at-large)

The Aggies will look to further their first-year SEC experience by taking on the winner of the East division, Georgia, who fell to Alabama in the conference title game.

Sugar Bowl: Alabama (SEC No. 1) vs. Clemson (BCS at-large)

Whoa. The SEC champion in the Sugar Bowl? Don't see that very often.

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

It's almost inevitable that he Seminoles will find their way to the Orange Bowl. They'll be playing either Miami (Fla.) or Duke for the ACC, and they've already blown out both during the regular season. Also, Rutgers gets in after beating Louisville in the final game of the season.

Rose Bowl: Nebraska (Big Ten No. 1) vs. Notre Dame (BCS at-large)

Nebraska gets in here with a win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. Since Oregon is in the national championship and neither Stanford or Oregon State are BCS eligible, Notre Dame gets the nod for the Rose Bowl.

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

BBVA Compass: Toledo (SEC No. 8/9*) vs. Western Kentucky (Big East No. 5*)

Cotton: Oklahoma (Big 12 No. 2) vs. LSU (SEC No. 3/4)

Heart of Dallas: San Jose State (Big Ten No. 7*) vs. TCU (Big 12 No. 8)

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

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

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

Sun: North Carolina State (ACC No. 4) vs. USC (Pac-12 No. 4)

Music City: Duke (ACC No. 6) vs. Missouri (SEC No. 7/8)

Liberty: Tulsa (C-USA No. 1) vs. Bowling Green (SEC No. 8/9*)

Chick-fil-A: Miami (Fla.) (ACC No. 2) vs. Mississippi State (SEC No. 5)

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

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

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

Armed Forces: Louisiana-Lafayette (C-USA No. 4*) vs. Air Force (MWC No. 4)

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

Russell Athletic: Louisville (Big East No. 2) vs. Georgia Tech (ACC No. 3)

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

Independence: Louisiana-Monroe (SEC No. 10*) vs. Utah State (ACC No. 7*)

Military: UTSA (ACC No. 8*) vs. Ohio (Army*)

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

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

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

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

New Orleans: Arkansas State (Sun Belt No. 1) vs. SMU (C-USA No. 3)

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

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

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

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

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

*Replacement team for conference that can't fill bids.
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11/14/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

johnnyfootball wrote:

Fiesta Bowl Prediction not possible due to BCS Rules: (see BOLD below)

At-large Eligibility
If there are fewer than 10 automatic qualifiers, then the bowls will select at-large participants to fill the remaining berths. An at-large team is any Football Bowl Subdivision team that is bowl-eligible and meets the following requirements:

  • A. Has won at least nine regular-season games, and
  • B. Is among the top 14 teams in the final BCS Standings.

No more than two teams from a conference may be selected, regardless of whether they are automatic qualifiers or at-large selections, unless two non-champions from the same conference are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS Standings.

If fewer than 10 teams are eligible for selection, then the Bowls can select as an at-large team any Football Bowl Subdivision team that is bowl-eligible, has won at least nine regular-season games and is among the top 18 teams in the final BCS Standings subject to the two-team limit noted above and also subject to the following:

  • 1) if any conference has two or more teams in the top 14, then two of those teams must be selected and
  • (2) from the teams ranked 15-18, a bowl can select only a team from a conference that has fewer than two teams in the top 14.

Yes, my mistake. This will be corrected in next week's projection. Not much would change, just have to plug Oklahoma in for Georgia, etc.

11/13/12   |   johnnyfootball

Fiesta Bowl Prediction not possible due to BCS Rules: (see BOLD below)

At-large Eligibility
If there are fewer than 10 automatic qualifiers, then the bowls will select at-large participants to fill the remaining berths. An at-large team is any Football Bowl Subdivision team that is bowl-eligible and meets the following requirements:

  • A. Has won at least nine regular-season games, and
  • B. Is among the top 14 teams in the final BCS Standings.

No more than two teams from a conference may be selected, regardless of whether they are automatic qualifiers or at-large selections, unless two non-champions from the same conference are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS Standings.

If fewer than 10 teams are eligible for selection, then the Bowls can select as an at-large team any Football Bowl Subdivision team that is bowl-eligible, has won at least nine regular-season games and is among the top 18 teams in the final BCS Standings subject to the two-team limit noted above and also subject to the following:

  • 1) if any conference has two or more teams in the top 14, then two of those teams must be selected and
  • (2) from the teams ranked 15-18, a bowl can select only a team from a conference that has fewer than two teams in the top 14.

11/13/12   |   toddcert   |   6 respect

(Edited by Dan_B)

Yep, these bowls are pretty much all about the money in the end.

11/13/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Unless Notre Dame loses to Wake and USC they will be playing in the Fiesta against the winner of Alabama/Georgia. And it would make sense to have the 4 best teams squaring off. Only thing missing would   be the extra game. Should Bama lose to Georgia, I wish they could have a rematch with A&M, because lets be honest, nobody wants to see an SEC school embarrass a mediocre overrated team from the ACC.