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Updated bowl projections — October 31, 2011

Every week we compile bowl projections from several sources and provide a summary for you.

Typically, as the season goes on, the bowl picture becomes more clear.  This week, the picture become more cloudy.  There isn’t a single BCS bowl game that the experts fully agree on, and there are only a few games and a few teams that are unanimous picks.

Review the table, we have a few other things that stood out to me after the expert picks.

Game

 

CBSSports.com CollegeFootball News.com ESPN.com

Mark Schlabach

ESPN.com

Brad Edwards

BCS National Championship Game Alabama vs.

Stanford

LSU vs.

Oklahoma

Alabama vs.

Oklahoma State

Alabama vs.

Oklahoma State

Discover Orange Bowl Clemson vs.

West Virginia

Clemson vs.

West Virginia

Clemson vs.

West Virginia

Clemson vs.

Cincinnati

Allstate Sugar Bowl LSU vs.

Boise State

Alabama vs.

Boise State

LSU vs.

Boise State

LSU vs.

Boise State

The Rose Bowl Game Oregon vs.

Wisconsin

Oregon vs.

Wisconsin

Stanford vs.

Nebraska

Oregon vs.

Wisconsin

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma vs. Michigan Oklahoma State vs.

Stanford

Oklahoma vs.

Oregon

Oklahoma vs.

Stanford

New Orleans Bowl UCF vs.

Arkansas State

UTEP vs.

Arkansas State

UTEP vs.

Arkansas State

Tulsa vs.

Arkansas State

Famous Idaho Potato Ohio vs.

Western Michigan

Northern Illinois vs.

Nevada

Northern Illinois vs.

Louisiana Tech

Temple vs.

Louisiana Tech

New Mexico Bowl Wyoming vs.

Temple

San Diego State vs.

Purdue

Air Force vs.

Eastern Michigan

Wyoming vs.

Ohio

Beef O’ Brady’s Pitt vs.

Southern Miss

South Florida vs.

Southern Miss

Pitt vs.

East Carolina

Syracuse vs.

UCF

Poinsettia Bowl Air Force vs.

Nevada

Air Force vs.

Louisiana Tech

San Diego State vs.

Nevada

San Diego State vs. Nevada
Maaco Bowl Las Vegas TCU vs.

Cal

TCU vs.

UCLA

TCU vs.

Cal

TCU vs.

Cal

Hawaii Bowl Marshall vs.

Hawaii

UCF vs.

Hawaii

Tulsa vs.

Hawaii

UTEP vs.

Hawaii

Independence Bowl Wake Forest vs.

San Diego State

Wyoming vs.

Virginia

Wake Forest vs.

Wyoming

Miami vs.

Air Force

Belk Bowl N.C. State vs.

Rutgers

North Carolina vs.

Cincinnati

North Carolina vs.

Cincinnati

North Carolina vs.

West Virginia

Little Caesars Bowl NO ELIGIBLE TEAM

Toledo

Iowa vs.

Toledo

Iowa vs.

Temple

Illinois vs.

Northern Illinois

Holiday Bowl Kansas State vs.

Washington

Texas A&M vs.

Washington

Texas Tech vs.

Washington

Texas Tech vs.

Washington

Military Bowl North Carolina vs.

Texas Tech

Miami vs.

Marshall

Miami vs.

Western Mich.

N.C. State vs.

East Carolina

Alamo Bowl Texas A&M vs.

Arizona State

Missouri vs.

Arizona State

Texas vs.

Arizona State

Texas A&M vs.

Arizona State

Champs Sports Bowl Florida State vs.

Notre Dame

Florida State vs.

Notre Dame

Florida State vs.

Notre Dame

Florida State vs.

Notre Dame

Insight Bowl Penn State vs.

Texas

Penn State vs.

Texas

Michigan State vs.

Texas A&M

Michigan State

Vs. Kansas State

Music City Bowl Virginia vs.

Tennessee

Wake Forest vs.

Tennessee

Virginia vs.

Vanderbilt

Virginia vs.

Mississippi State

Pinstripe Bowl Baylor vs.

Syracuse

Baylor vs.

Syracuse

Missouri vs.

Rutgers

Baylor vs.

Rutgers

Armed Forces Bowl BYU vs.

Southern Methodist

BYU vs.

Tulsa

BYU vs.

Southern Miss

BYU vs.

Southern Miss

Chick-fil-A Bowl Virginia Tech vs.

Auburn

Virginia Tech vs.

South Carolina

Virginia Tech vs.

Auburn

Virginia Tech vs.

Auburn

Liberty Bowl Houston vs.

Mississippi State

Houston vs.

Mississippi State

Houston vs.

Mississippi State

Houston vs.

Tennessee

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Eastern Mich.l vs.

Miami (FL)

Utah vs.

Pitt

N.C. State vs.

Fresno State

Wake Forest vs.

Fresno State

Sun Bowl Georgia Tech vs.

Utah

Georgia Tech vs.

Cal

Georgia Tech vs.

Utah

Georgia Tech vs.

Utah

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Missouri vs.

Illinois

Ohio State vs.

Texas Tech

Ohio State vs.

Baylor

Penn State vs.

Missouri

Capital One Bowl Nebraska vs.

Arkansas

Michigan vs.

Arkansas

Michigan vs.

Arkansas

Michigan vs.

Georgia

Outback Bowl Michigan State vs.

Georgia

Nebraska vs.

Georgia

Penn State vs.

South Carolina

Nebraska vs.

South Carolina

Gator Bowl Ohio State vs.

Florida

Michigan State vs.

Florida

Wisconsin vs.

Florida

Ohio State vs.

Florida

TicketCity Bowl Iowa vs.

Tulsa

Illinois vs.

SMU

Illinois vs.

SMU

Iowa vs.

SMU

AT&T Cotton Bowl Oklahoma State vs.

South Carolina

Kansas State vs.

Auburn

Kansas State vs.

Georgia

Texas vs.

Arkansas

BBVA Compass Bowl Cincinnati vs.

La. Lafayette

Rutgers vs.

Vanderbilt

Syracuse vs.

Ohio

South Florida vs.

Vanderbilt

GoDaddy.com Bowl Northern Illinois vs.

Florida Int’l

Temple vs.

La. Lafayette

Temple vs.

Arkansas State

Toledo vs.

La. Lafayette

Things that stood out to me:

  • Half of the experts pick Oregon to beat Stanford
  • Three of the experts have Wisconsin picked to win the Big Ten in spite of back-to-back losses
  • Four experts, four different picks for the Big Ten in the Gator Bowl, the SEC in the Cotton Bowl, and lots of differences of opinion.

This weekend will be huge in the SEC as there are TWO Saturday night match-ups of two SEC teams ranked in the top 10.  Another game with implications on the BCS picture will be 14th rated Kansas State at number three Oklahoma State.

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