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BOWL PROJECTIONS – October 1, 2012

Starting today until bowl teams  are announced on December 1, we will gather and publish bowl projections from college football experts every Monday.   This week, we are launching with picks from Mark Schlabach and Brad Edwards, writers and Jerry Palm from  As the season goes on, we’ll add a few others, and make some predictions of our own, such as:

The Cats will be first –  This year, the first bowl eligible team could be the Northwestern Wildcats.  The Cats are off to a 5-0 start, and with a victory at Penn State on Saturday, could become the first bowl eligible team this season.  But to get there, the Cats will have to upset the Nittany Lions on the road, and win a race against the Ohio Bobcats, another team off to a 5-0 start that kicks off a game against Buffalo at the same time.  The Bobcats are a heavy favorite in their game.   By the end of the night, the favored Oregon Ducks, LSU Tigers and Florida State Seminoles, and the winner of the Georgia vs. South Carolina game should also be eligible for the post-season.

Who will be the BCS Buster this year?  There are only a few teams in non-AQ conferences that remain unbeaten, which has always been what it has taken to merit consideration for a BCS bid.  From those unbeaten teams,  LOUISIANA TECH can make the strongest case for itself at this point.  The Bulldogs have won games at Illinois, Virginia and Houston, and still play Texas A&M from the SEC.   If Tech continues to win, they will enter the BCS conversation. 

Onto the experts — Here’s their bowl projections from this week.  In the next few weeks, we’ll add a few other prognosticators, and offer commentary and observations.  Your comments and opinions are always welcome.  If you want to receive this every week, simply subscribe or just become our friend on Facebook.  ( )     

Discover BCS National Championship Game

Alabama vs. Oregon -- Mark Schlabach
Alabama vs. Oregon -- Brad Edwards
Alabama vs. Florida State --Jerry Palm

Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl
Kansas State vs. Notre Dame -- Mark Schlabach
Texas vs. Notre Dame -- Brad Edwards
West Virginia vs. Oregon --Jerry Palm
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Georgia vs. West Virginia -- Mark Schlabach
Georgia vs. Kansas State -- Brad Edwards
LSU vs. Louisville --Jerry Palm
Discover Orange Bowl 
Florida State vs. Rutgers -- Mark Schlabach
Florida State vs. Louisville -- Brad Edwards
Notre Dame vs. Boise State --Jerry Palm
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio           
USC vs. Nebraska -- Mark Schlabach
USC vs. Nebraska -- Brad Edwards
USC vs. Nebraska --Jerry Palm Bowl
Toledo vs. Louisiana Monroe -- Mark Schlabach
Toledo vs. Western Kentucky -- Brad Edwards
Ohio vs. Louisiana – Lafayette --Jerry Palm
BBVA Compass
Connecticut vs . Kent State -- Mark Schlabach
South Florida vs. Auburn -- Brad Edwards
Texas A&M vs. FIU --Jerry Palm
AT&T Cotton Bowl
Texas vs. LSU -- Mark Schlabach
Oklahoma vs. South Carolina -- Brad Edwards
Oklahoma vs. Mississippi State --Jerry Palm
Capital One Bowl
Michigan State vs. South Carolina -- Mark Schlabach
Michigan vs. Florida -- Brad Edwards
Michigan vs. Georgia --Jerry Palm
Outback Bowl
Michigan State vs. South Carolina -- Mark Schlabach
Michigan vs. Florida -- Brad Edwards
Wisconsin vs. South Carolina --Jerry Palm Gator Bowl
Michigan vs. Texas A&M -- Mark Schlabach
Michigan State vs. Tennessee -- Brad Edwards
Northwestern vs. Auburn --Jerry Palm
Dallas Bowl Game 
Iowa vs. UTEP -- Mark Schlabach
Iowa vs. UTEP -- Brad Edwards
Arizona State vs. Marshall --Jerry Palm
Chick-fil-A Bowl
Clemson vs. Mississippi State -- Mark Schlabach
Clemson vs. Mississippi State -- Brad Edwards
Clemson vs. Florida --Jerry Palm
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Tulsa vs. Missouri -- Mark Schlabach
UCF vs. Texas A&M -- Brad Edwards
Tulsa vs. Tennessee --Jerry Palm
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Virginia Tech vs. Washington -- Mark Schlabach
Virginia Tech vs. Stanford -- Brad Edwards
Virginia Tech vs. Marshall --Jerry Palm
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Duke vs. Tennessee -- Mark Schlabach
Georgia Tech vs. Missouri -- Brad Edwards
Arkansas State vs. Missouri--Jerry Palm
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
TCU vs. Purdue -- Mark Schlabach
West Virginia vs. Purdue -- Brad Edwards
Texas vs. Michigan State --Jerry Palm
Valero Alamo Bowl
Oklahoma vs. Oregon State -- Mark Schlabach
Oklahoma vs. Oregon State -- Brad Edwards
Kansas State vs. Oregon State --Jerry Palm
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Utah State vs. Arizona State -- Mark Schlabach
Iowa State vs. UCLA -- Brad Edwards
Washington vs. San Jose State --Jerry Palm
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Pitt vs. Oklahoma State -- Mark Schlabach
Connecticut vs. Texas Tech -- Brad Edwards
Baylor vs. South Florida --Jerry Palm
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Southern Methodist vs. Air Force -- Mark Schlabach
Tulsa vs. Air Force -- Brad Edwards
Houston vs. Air Force --Jerry Palm
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Wisconsin vs. Texas Tech -- Mark Schlabach
Northwestern vs. Baylor -- Brad Edwards
Purdue vs. Oklahoma State --Jerry Palm
Russell Athletic Bowl
Miami vs. Louisville -- Mark Schlabach
Miami vs. Rutgers -- Brad Edwards
Miami vs. Rutgers --Jerry Palm
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Georgia Tech vs. New Mexico -- Mark Schlabach
Duke vs. Ole Miss -- Brad Edwards
Vanderbilt vs. Bowling Green --Jerry Palm
Belk Bowl
N.C. State vs. Cincinnati -- Mark Schlabach
N.C. State vs. Cincinnati -- Brad Edwards
N.C. State vs. Cincinnati --Jerry Palm
Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl
Baylor vs. Stanford -- Mark Schlabach
TCU vs. Arizona State -- Brad Edwards
TCU vs. Stanford --Jerry Palm
Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman
Western Kentucky vs. Wake Forest -- Mark Schlabach
Utah vs. Wake Forest  -- Brad Edwards
Troy vs. Miami (Ohio) --Jerry Palm
Little Cesar’s Pizza Bowl
Ohio vs. Minnesota -- Mark Schlabach
Ohio vs. Minnesota -- Brad Edwards
Western Michigan vs. Western Kentucky --Jerry Palm
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Houston vs. Fresno State -- Mark Schlabach
Houston vs. San Diego State -- Brad Edwards
Wyoming vs. Rice --Jerry Palm
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Boise State vs. UCLA -- Mark Schlabach
Nevada vs. Washington -- Brad Edwards
Nevada vs. Utah --Jerry Palm
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Marshall vs. Louisiana – Lafayette -- Mark Schlabach
Marshall vs. Louisiana – Monroe -- Brad Edwards
Louisiana Tech vs. Louisiana Monroe --Jerry Palm
Beef  ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl
South Florida vs. East Carolina -- Mark Schlabach
Kent State vs. East Carolina -- Brad Edwards
Toledo vs. East Carolina --Jerry Palm
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
BYU vs. Nevada -- Mark Schlabach
BYU vs. Fresno State -- Brad Edwards
BYU vs. Fresno State --Jerry Palm
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech -- Mark Schlabach
Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech -- Brad Edwards
Northern Illinois vs. Utah State --Jerry Palm
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
San Diego State vs. Arizona -- Mark Schlabach
Boise State vs. Arizona  -- Brad Edwards
San Diego State vs. Arizona - -Jerry Palm

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