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, ESPN.com writers and Jerry Palm from CBSsports.com. 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. ( BOWLJET.com )
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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 GoDaddy.com 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 TaxSlayer.com 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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