College Football

Updated Bowl Projections (after primetime games)

Here are the updated bowl projections as of 12:01 Dec. 8:

New Mexico Bowl Arizona Boise State
Las Vegas Bowl Washington Fresno State*
Idaho Potato Bowl UNLV Ball State
New Orleans Bowl UL-Lafayette* Tulane*
Beef O’Brady’s Bowl Buffalo North Texas
Hawaii Bowl San Jose State East Carolina
Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl Pittsburgh Northern Illinois
Poinsettia Bowl Utah State* Washington State
Military Bowl Maryland Marshall*
Texas Bowl Michigan Texas Tech
Fight Hunger Bowl Oregon State BYU*
Pinstripe Bowl Notre Dame* Rutgers*
Belk Bowl Georgia Tech Cincinnati*
Russell Athletic Bowl Miami Louisville*
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Minnesota Texas
Armed Forces Bowl San Diego State Navy*
Music City Bowl Vanderbilt Syracuse
Alamo Bowl Oklahoma UCLA
Holiday Bowl Kansas State Arizona State
AdvoCare Bowl Western Kentucky Boston College
Sun Bowl USC Virginia Tech
Liberty Bowl Ole Miss Rice*
Chick-fil-A Bowl Texas A&M Duke
Gator Bowl Georgia Nebraska
Heart of Dallas Bowl North Carolina Middle Tennessee
Capital One Bowl South Carolina Wisconsin
Outback Bowl Missouri Iowa
Rose Bowl Michigan State* Stanford*
Fiesta Bowl Baylor* UCF
Sugar Bowl Alabama Oregon
Cotton Bowl LSU Oklahoma State
Orange Bowl Clemson Ohio State
BBVA Compass Bowl Mississippi State Houston
GoDaddy Bowl Bowling Green Arkansas State*
BCS National Championship Florida State* Auburn*

Ohio State’s loss confirms Michigan State’s trip to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 25 years.  It also sets the final BCS National Championship in stone as Florida State, who walloped Duke, will face Auburn, who beat Missouri for the SEC Championship.  Poor Missouri falls out of the BCS because Alabama replaces the SEC champ in the Sugar Bowl.  Stanford beat Arizona State to book their trip to Pasadena and face the Spartans.  Baylor will go to the Fiesta Bowl after Oklahoma State blew the Bedlam game in the last minute allowing Oklahoma to score a touchdown and send them out of the BCS altogether.  Clemson will now replace the ACC champ in the Orange Bowl.  Ohio State will still go to a BCS bowl but it will be in south Florida.  Many have Oklahoma facing Alabama in the Sugar.  Instead I think Oregon will just hold off the surging Sooners for the final BCS spot and face the Tide in what should be an exciting game.  The upstart UCF Golden Knights head west and will face the Bears in the Fiesta.  Rutgers just accepted a bid to the Pinstripe Bowl after becoming bowl-eligible tonight.  They will face Notre Dame in what should be close to a sellout at Yankee Stadium.  We should see bowl confirmations trickle in throughout the day and then ESPN will do some sort of March Madness-like selection show for the BCS during the evening.  By the end of the night, all bowls should be confirmed.  I will keep this blog updated as to who accepts bids to which bowls.

Update: Looks like they didn’t wait until the Mountain West Championship was over as Fresno State has been confirmed for the Las Vegas Bowl and Utah State has been confirmed for the Poinsettia Bowl.  This changes my Armed Forces Bowl prediction from USU/Navy to San Diego State/Navy.

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4 thoughts on “Updated Bowl Projections (after primetime games)

    1. Yeah I think we may have two of the only sites that are selecting Oregon over Oklahoma for a BCS bowl. I guess it’s a case of what have you done for me lately and what’s fresh in people’s minds.

      1. Well we don’t mind being different either. And forgive us for wanting a fun-to-watch Oregon team against Clemson or Alabama over a team that was never ranked as well as the Ducks. Hope the BCS committee follows our lead – no disrespect, Sooner fans, just how we see it.

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