- BOWL PROJECTIONS – Every week we gather and print bowl game projections from several college football experts. Next week, we’ll be adding an additional expert, and following the games of November 9, commenting on the picks. Your comments are always welcome.
- WISCONSIN VS. NOTRE DAME in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio – Following the expert projections, we will have our own bowl projection that may seem bold or unlikely on the surface, but really is not that much of a stretch. We’ll explain how it could happen, and we promise to not use the same teams or bowl game twice.
- ENDING DRY SPELLS – See which teams became bowl eligible last weekend, including a few that have been waiting a very long time.
Bowl ProjectionsDiscover BCS National Championship Game Alabama vs. Kansas State — Mark Schlabach Alabama vs. Oregon — Brad Edwards Alabama vs. Kansas State –Jerry Palm Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame — Mark Schlabach Kansas State vs. Notre Dame — Brad Edwards Oklahoma vs. Boise State–Jerry Palm Allstate Sugar Bowl Florida vs. USC– Mark Schlabach South Carolina vs. Oklahoma– Brad Edwards Florida vs. Notre Dame –Jerry Palm Discover Orange Bowl Florida State vs. Rutgers — Mark Schlabach Florida State vs. Louisville — Brad Edwards Florida State vs. Louisville–Jerry Palm Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio Oregon vs. Michigan — Mark Schlabach USC vs. Wisconsin — Brad Edwards USC vs. Nebraska –Jerry Palm GoDaddy.com Bowl Northern Illinois vs. Western Kentucky — Mark Schlabach Toledo vs. Western Kentucky — Brad Edwards Ohio vs. Louisiana – Lafayette –Jerry Palm BBVA Compass Bowling Green vs. Arkansas– Mark Schlabach Ball State vs. Ole Miss — Brad Edwards Western Michigan vs. Arkansas State –Jerry Palm AT&T Cotton Bowl Texas Tech vs. LSU — Mark Schlabach Oklahoma State vs. LSU — Brad Edwards Texas Tech vs. Mississippi State –Jerry Palm Capital One Bowl Wisconsin vs. Georgia– Mark Schlabach Michigan vs. Florida — Brad Edwards Michigan vs. LSU–Jerry Palm Outback Bowl Nebraska vs. Mississippi State– Mark Schlabach Nebraska vs. Georgia — Brad Edwards Wisconsin vs. South Carolina –Jerry Palm TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl Northwestern vs. South Carolina — Mark Schlabach Iowa vs. Tennessee — Brad Edwards Purdue vs. Texas A&M –Jerry Palm Heart of Dallas Bowl Michigan State vs. East Carolina– Mark Schlabach Purdue vs. SMU — Brad Edwards No eligible teams –Jerry Palm Chick-fil-A Bowl Clemson vs. Texas A&M– Mark Schlabach Clemson vs. Mississippi State — Brad Edwards Clemson vs. Georgia–Jerry Palm AutoZone Liberty Bowl Tulsa vs. Vanderbilt — Mark Schlabach UCF vs. Arkansas — Brad Edwards Tulsa vs. Tennessee –Jerry Palm Hyundai Sun Bowl Duke vs. UCLA– Mark Schlabach Virginia Tech vs. Arizona State — Brad Edwards Miami vs. Stanford –Jerry Palm Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee — Mark Schlabach Georgia Tech vs. Texas A&M — Brad Edwards Virginia Tech vs. Vanderbilt–Jerry Palm Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Texas vs. Purdue — Mark Schlabach West Virginia vs. Michigan State — Brad Edwards West Virginia vs. Northwestern –Jerry Palm Valero Alamo Bowl West Virginia vs. Oregon State — Mark Schlabach Texas Tech vs. Oregon State — Brad Edwards Texas vs. Oregon –Jerry Palm Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Navy vs. Arizona — Mark Schlabach Navy vs. Washington — Brad Edwards Navy vs. Washington–Jerry Palm New Era Pinstripe Bowl Syracuse vs. Iowa State– Mark Schlabach Kent State vs. Baylor — Brad Edwards Utah vs. Iowa State–Jerry Palm Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl SMU vs. Fresno State— Mark Schlabach Tulsa vs. Air Force — Brad Edwards East Carolina vs. Air Force –Jerry Palm Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Iowa vs. TCU– Mark Schlabach Northwestern vs. TCU — Brad Edwards Michigan State vs. Baylor–Jerry Palm Russell Athletic Bowl N.C. State vs. Louisville — Mark Schlabach N.C. State vs. Rutgers — Brad Edwards N.C. State vs. Rutgers –Jerry Palm AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Maryland vs. New Mexico– Mark Schlabach Duke vs. Vanderbilt– Brad Edwards Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (OH) –Jerry Palm Belk Bowl Miami (FL) vs. Cincinnati — Mark Schlabach Miami (FL) vs. Cincinnati — Brad Edwards Duke vs. Cincinnati –Jerry Palm Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Stanford — Mark Schlabach Texas vs. Stanford– Brad Edwards Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State–Jerry Palm Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman Utah State vs. Louisiana– Lafayette– Mark Schlabach Iowa State vs. Maryland– Brad Edwards Bowling Green vs. Arizona–Jerry Palm Little Cesar’s Pizza Bowl Ohio vs. Minnesota — Mark Schlabach Ohio vs. Minnesota — Brad Edwards Toledo vs. Western Kentucky –Jerry Palm Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Houston vs. San Diego State — Mark Schlabach Kent State vs. Fresno State — Brad Edwards San Jose State vs. Marshall –Jerry Palm MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Boise State vs. Arizona State — Mark Schlabach Nevada vs. UCLA — Brad Edwards Nevada vs. UCLA –Jerry Palm R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Marshall vs. Louisiana – Monroe — Mark Schlabach Marshall vs. Louisiana – Monroe — Brad Edwards Kent State vs. Louisiana–Monroe–Jerry Palm Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl San Jose State vs. Kent State– Mark Schlabach Bowling Green vs. East Carolina — Brad Edwards Ball State vs. Troy –Jerry Palm San Diego County C.U. Poinsettia Bowl BYU vs. Nevada — Mark Schlabach BYU vs. San Diego State — Brad Edwards BYU vs. Fresno State –Jerry Palm Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Toledo vs. Louisiana Tech — Mark Schlabach Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech — Brad Edwards Northern Illinois vs. Utah State –Jerry Palm Gildan New Mexico Bowl Air Force vs. Washington — Mark Schlabach Boise State vs. Arizona — Brad Edwards San Deigo State vs. Arizona State – -Jerry Palm
It’s been how long?
The Blue Devils, Red Raiders and Golden Flashes became bowl eligible this past weekend. For Duke, it is their first bowl appearance since they played in the Hall of Fame Bowl, now the Outback Bowl, in 1994. Kent State has waited even longer, and the Flashes will make their first bowl appearance in 40 years. Texas Tech fans are also excited to be returning to the bowl scene, though they didn’t wait nearly as long, having missed a bowl last season for the first time since 1999. Duke got to bowl eligibility with a thrilling come-from behind win against in-state rival North Carolina, while Texas Tech survived a three-overtime shootout against TCU.
Also becoming eligible were Nevada Wolfpack and Bulldogs from Georgia and Louisiana Tech, as well as the Badgers, Beavers, Broncos, Seminoles and the Utah State Aggies.
Our unlikely prediction — Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame in the 2013 Rose Bowl Game
How it happens – The Oregon Ducks win out, including two victories against USC, and finish rated No. 1 or 2 in the nation. With its selection to replace Oregon, The Pasadena Tournament of Roses chooses a highly ranked Notre Dame team. The Fighting Irish return to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl Game for the time since 1925, when the Irish made their the first ever bowl appearance.
The Badgers get to Pasadena by defeating either Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern or Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game. This would be the third consecutive Rose Bowl appearance for the Badgers, and having suffered close defeats on the last two trips, they need to face an opponent that excites the fan base. A chance to play Notre Dame for the first time since 1964 would do that, more than would a rematch against week-two opponent Oregon State, the highest rated team in the Pac-12 after the Ducks.
Would the selection committee for the Rose Bowl Game choose Notre Dame over Pac-12 team? If you were on that committee, would you want the biggest brand in college football at the Grandaddy of Them All? To follow the advice of Lee Corso to another selection committee, “Anytime you can pick Notre Dame, pick Notre Dame.” The conference may not fight — if there is a team from the Pac-12 eligible for an at-large BCS selection, a Fiesta Bowl bid could be waiting.
How could the Badgers get back? Both Ohio State and Penn State are barred from post-season play this year, including a conference championship game. The Badgers have a commanding lead in their division, and with a win in Indianapolis, could return to Pasadena.
- Duke Dilemma: Midnight Madness or Wallace Wade (bowlbound.wordpress.com)