Here are the updated bowl projections (and accepted bids) as of 3:30 EST:
|New Mexico Bowl||Washington State*||Colorado State*|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Washington||Fresno State*|
|Idaho Potato Bowl||San Diego State*||Buffalo*|
|New Orleans Bowl||UL-Lafayette*||Tulane*|
|Beef O’Brady’s Bowl||Ohio*||East Carolina*|
|Hawaii Bowl||Boise State*||Florida Atlantic|
|Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl||Pittsburgh||Bowling Green*|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Utah State||Northern Illinois*|
|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||Middle Tennessee*||Navy*|
|Music City Bowl||Vanderbilt||Syracuse|
|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|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||North Carolina||North Texas*|
|Capital One Bowl||South Carolina||Wisconsin|
|Rose Bowl||Michigan State*||Stanford*|
|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*|
* – accepted bid
A few bids were accepted earlier today. North Texas has accepted a bid to stay in their home state for the bowl season as they will be in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Houston accepted a bid to the BBVA Compass Bowl, which has to be surprising to some people since I was sure Pittsburgh would end up there again for what would seem like the 20th straight year. Boise State will now go to the Hawaii Bowl. I wonder if this was to make sure Chris Petersen would coach the bowl for the Broncos by accepting there rather than, say, the New Mexico Bowl. Finally, Middle Tennessee has accepted a bid to the Armed Forces Bowl which strikes me as a bit odd. The Mountain West has a tie-in there and have more than enough bowl teams, yet the Blue Raiders will go there. I will keep things updated as bids are accepted.
Update: Well that was fast. Only minutes after I posted this, San Diego State accepted a bid to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. This means that in all likelihood, UNLV will probably accept a bid to the New Mexico Bowl (not guaranteeing, just saying it seems like a lock now).
Update #2: These bids are coming pretty quickly now. East Carolina has accepted a bid to the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl. And of course, I will take my foot out of my mouth from the previous update. Colorado State has accepted a bid to the New Mexico Bowl. Now, we may be not seeing UNLV during bowl season at all. Let’s see how that prediction holds up.
Update #3: So now Buffalo accepts a bid to the Idaho Potato Bowl to play San Diego State. And then Ohio accepts a bid to the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl to play East Carolina. This probably means one of Western Kentucky or Ball State will not be going to a bowl game this year. Washington State has accepted a bid to play in the New Mexico Bowl against Colorado State. And Ball State has accepted a bid to the GoDaddy Bowl to play Arkansas State. So where is Bowling Green going then? All they did was win the MAC and ruin NIU’s season.
Update #4: I guess that answers my question. Bowling Green is going to the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl. So now a new question…where does Northern Illinois go? You know I should just wait…NIU going to the Poinsettia Bowl.