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Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl? Updated Bowl Projections October 22, 2012

  • 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 Projections

Discover 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 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 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

The pot of gold may be in Pasadena for a very cool Leprechaun

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.

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