Every week, we gather bowl projections from leading web sources and put them together in one place, so you can compare, or see where experts think your team is heading. We also make one bowl projection of our own, and explain our rationale for it. So far, we picked Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, and Boise State vs. Washington in Las Vegas Bowl, which no expert had picked at that time, but right now, three of four do.
Bowl ProjectionsDiscover BCS National Championship Game Alabama vs. Oregon— Mark Schlabach Alabama vs. Oregon — Brad Edwards Alabama vs. Oregon–Jerry Palm Alabama vs. Oregon— Matt Murschel Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl Kansas State vs. Notre Dame — Mark Schlabach Kansas State vs. Notre Dame — Brad Edwards Kansas State vs. Notre Dame–Jerry Palm Kansas State vs. Notre Dame— Matt Murschel Allstate Sugar Bowl LSU vs. Oklahoma— Mark Schlabach South Carolina vs. Oklahoma— Brad Edwards Florida vs. Oklahoma–Jerry Palm LSU vs. Oklahoma— Matt Murschel Discover Orange Bowl Florida State vs. Louisville— Mark Schlabach Florida State vs. Louisville— Brad Edwards Florida State vs. Louisville–Jerry Palm Florida State vs. Louisville— Matt Murschel Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio Nebraska vs. Oregon State — Mark Schlabach Nebraska vs. Oregon State — Brad Edwards Nebraska vs. Oregon State –Jerry Palm Nebraska vs. Oregon State — Matt Murschel GoDaddy.com Bowl Ohio vs. Western Kentucky — Mark Schlabach Toledo vs. Western Kentucky — Brad Edwards Ohio vs. Louisiana – Lafayette –Jerry Palm Toledo vs. Arkansas State— Matt Murschel BBVA Compass Pitt vs. Tennessee— Mark Schlabach Ball State vs. Vanderbilt— Brad Edwards Bowling Green vs. Arkansas State –Jerry Palm Ohio vs. San Jose State— Matt Murschel AT&T Cotton Bowl Texas vs. Texas A&M — Mark Schlabach Texas vs. Texas A&M — Brad Edwards Texas vs. LSU – Jerry Palm Texas vs. Florida— Matt Murschel Capital One Bowl Michigan vs. Georgia— Mark Schlabach Michigan vs. Florida — Brad Edwards Michigan vs. Georgia–Jerry Palm Michigan vs. Georgia— Matt Murschel Outback Bowl Wisconsin vs. Florida— Mark Schlabach Wisconsin vs. Georgia — Brad Edwards Wisconsin vs. South Carolina –Jerry Palm Wisconsin vs. South Carolina — Matt Murschel TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl Michigan State vs. South Carolina — Mark Schlabach Northwestern vs. Mississippi State — Brad Edwards Michigan State vs. Mississippi State –Jerry Palm Northwestern vs. Mississippi State — Matt Murschel Heart of Dallas Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette vs. San Jose State— Mark Schlabach Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Nevada — Brad Edwards San Jose State vs. Iowa State –Jerry Palm San Jose State vs. SMU— Matt Murschel Chick-fil-A Bowl Clemson vs. Mississippi State-– Mark Schlabach Clemson vs. LSU— Brad Edwards Clemson vs. Texas A&M–Jerry Palm Clemson vs. Texas A&M– Matt Murschel AutoZone Liberty Bowl UCF vs. Ole Miss — Mark Schlabach UCF vs. Ole Miss — Brad Edwards UCF vs. Tennessee –Jerry Palm UCF vs. Vanderbilt– Matt Murschel Hyundai Sun Bowl N.C. State vs. Stanford— Mark Schlabach Virginia Tech vs. Stanford— Brad Edwards N.C. State vs. Stanford –Jerry Palm Duke vs. UCLA– Matt Murschel Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Virginia Tech vs. Vanderbilt — Mark Schlabach Duke vs. Tennessee — Brad Edwards Virginia Tech vs. Vanderbilt–Jerry Palm Virginia Tech vs. Missouri— Matt Murschel Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Northwestern — Mark Schlabach Texas Tech vs. Michigan State — Brad Edwards Oklahoma State vs. Northwestern –Jerry Palm Oklahoma State vs. Michigan State – Matt Murschel Valero Alamo Bowl Texas Tech vs. USC— Mark Schlabach West Virginia vs. USC— Brad Edwards Texas vs. USC –Jerry Palm Texas Tech vs. USC – Matt Murschel Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Navy vs. Arizona — Mark Schlabach Navy vs. Arizona — Brad Edwards Navy vs. Arizona–Jerry Palm Navy vs. Washington – Matt Murschel New Era Pinstripe Bowl Syracuse vs. Iowa State— Mark Schlabach Pitt vs. Iowa State — Brad Edwards Utah vs. TCU–Jerry Palm Pitt vs. Iowa State — Matt Murschel Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Tulsa vs. Air Force— Mark Schlabach Tulsa vs. Air Force — Brad Edwards East Carolina vs. Air Force –Jerry Palm Marshall vs. Air Force — Matt Murschel Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Minnesota vs. TCU— Mark Schlabach Minnesota vs. West Virginia — Brad Edwards Minnesota vs. Baylor–Jerry Palm Minnesota vs. TCU– Matt Murschel Russell Athletic Bowl Miami vs. Rutgers — Mark Schlabach Miami vs. Rutgers — Brad Edwards Miami vs. Rutgers –Jerry Palm Miami vs. Rutgers– Matt Murschel AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Louisiana–Monroe vs. Wake Forest— Mark Schlabach Louisiana – Monroe vs. Utah State — Brad Edwards Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (OH) –Jerry Palm Wake Forest vs. Fresno State– Matt Murschel Belk Bowl N.C. State vs. Cincinnati — Mark Schlabach Duke vs. Cincinnati — Brad Edwards Duke vs. Cincinnati –Jerry Palm N.C. State vs. Cincinnati— Matt Murschel Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl West Virginia vs. UCLA — Mark Schlabach TCU vs. UCLA— Brad Edwards Texas Tech vs. UCLA –Jerry Palm West Virginia vs. Stanford— Matt Murschel Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman Utah vs. Middle Tennessee State— Mark Schlabach Bowling Green vs. Marshall— Brad Edwards Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee State–Jerry Palm Bowling Green vs. Louisiana-Lafayette — Matt Murschel Little Cesar’s Pizza Bowl Northern Illinois vs. Utah State — Mark Schlabach Kent State vs. San Jose State — Brad Edwards Toledo vs. Western Kentucky –Jerry Palm Kent State vs. Utah State– Matt Murschel Sheraton Hawaii Bowl SMU vs. Fresno State— Mark Schlabach Western Kentucky vs. Fresno State— Brad Edwards Fresno State vs. Marshall –Jerry Palm Ball State vs. Nevada — Matt Murschel MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Boise State vs. Washington— Mark Schlabach Boise State vs. Washington — Brad Edwards Boise State vs. Washington –Jerry Palm Boise State vs. Arizona— Matt Murschel R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Marshall vs. Arkansas State — Mark Schlabach SMU vs. Arkansas State — Brad Edwards Ball State vs. Louisiana—Monroe –-Jerry Palm East Carolina vs. Louisiana—Monroe– Matt Murschel Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl Toledo vs. East Carolina— Mark Schlabach Ohio vs. East Carolina — Brad Edwards Kent State vs. Tulsa –Jerry Palm Western Kentucky vs. Tulsa– Matt Murschel San Diego County C.U. Poinsettia Bowl BYU vs. San Diego State — Mark Schlabach BYU vs. San Diego State — Brad Edwards BYU vs. San Diego State –Jerry Palm BYU vs. San Diego State – Matt Murschel Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Kent State vs. Louisiana Tech— Mark Schlabach Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech — Brad Edwards Northern Illinois vs. Utah State –Jerry Palm Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech – Matt Murschel Gildan New Mexico Bowl Nevada vs. Arizona State — Mark Schlabach New Mexico vs. Arizona State — Brad Edwards Nevada vs. Arizona State – -Jerry Palm New Mexico vs. Arizona State –Matt Murschel
Our pick of the week:
Oklahoma vs. USC in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. These are two of the most talented teams in the country, and before the season stated, national publications were calling for these two teams to play in the BCS National Championship. Each team has dropped a few games that they were favored in, and that’s why we are making this pick for what would be an outstanding game.
For Oklahoma to be available as a selection for this game, Oklahoma cannot get an at-large bid to a BCS game, meaning that the Sooners will have to drop one of their remaining games. The Sooners will face Oklahoma State, Baylor and travel to West Virginia and TCU, a very difficult stretch for any team. The Trojans are selected from a pool of Pac-12 teams that have three or four losses.