Every week we gather bowl projections from several sources and post them for your review and comment. We also make a prediction on one bowl game that may seem unlikely on the surface. We explain how it could happen, and why it is not too far of a stretch. A few weeks ago, I predicted a Rose Bowl matchup of Wisconsin versus Notre Dame and was basically called crazy by readers and a handful of representatives of other bowl games. Today, three of four experts are calling for Notre Dame to play in Pasadena.Here are the expert bowl projections. With only two weeks left in the regular season, there are only two games the experts are in complete agreement on. There are several others where all four agree on one team, but the opponents vary. Discover BCS National Championship Game Kansas State vs. Oregon— Mark Schlabach Oregon vs. Kansas State — Brad Edwards Oregon vs. Kansas State –Jerry Palm Kansas State vs. Oregon — Matt Murschel Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma vs. LSU— Mark Schlabach Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M— Brad Edwards Oklahoma vs. LSU –Jerry Palm Notre Dame vs. LSU— Matt Murschel Allstate Sugar Bowl Georgia vs. Clemson— Mark Schlabach Georgia vs. Clemson— Brad Edwards Alabama vs. Clemson–Jerry Palm Alabama vs. Oklahoma— Matt Murschel Discover Orange Bowl Florida State vs. Rutgers— Mark Schlabach Florida State vs. Rutgers— Brad Edwards Florida State vs. Louisville–Jerry Palm Florida State vs. Louisville— Matt Murschel Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio Nebraska vs. Notre Dame — Mark Schlabach Notre Dame vs. Nebraska— Brad Edwards Nebraska vs. Notre Dame–Jerry Palm Nebraska vs. Stanford— Matt Murschel GoDaddy.com Bowl Kent State vs. Arkansas State— Mark Schlabach Northern Illinois vs. Middle Tennessee— Brad Edwards Ohio vs. Louisiana – Monroe –Jerry Palm Northern Illinois vs. Middle Tennessee— Matt Murschel BBVA Compass Ohio vs. Missouri— Mark Schlabach Ball State vs. Vanderbilt— Brad Edwards Toledo vs. Troy–Jerry Palm Bowling Green vs. Missouri— Matt Murschel AT&T Cotton Bowl Texas vs. Alabama — Mark Schlabach Texas vs. LSU — Brad Edwards Texas vs. Texas A&M – Jerry Palm Texas vs. Florida— Matt Murschel Capital One Bowl Michigan vs. Texas A&M— 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. Alabama — Brad Edwards Wisconsin vs. South Carolina –Jerry Palm Wisconsin vs. South Carolina — Matt Murschel TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl Northwestern vs. Mississippi State — 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 Purdue vs. Ball State— Mark Schlabach Purdue vs. Arizona State — Brad Edwards Purdue vs. Baylor–Jerry Palm Ohio vs. SMU— Matt Murschel Chick-fil-A Bowl N.C. State vs. South Carolina-– Mark Schlabach Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina— Brad Edwards N.C. State vs. Florida –Jerry Palm Clemson vs. Texas A&M– Matt Murschel AutoZone Liberty Bowl UCF vs. Ole Miss — Mark Schlabach UCF vs. Ole Miss — Brad Edwards Tulsa vs. Missouri –Jerry Palm UCF vs. Tennessee– Matt Murschel Hyundai Sun Bowl Georgia Tech vs. USC— Mark Schlabach Virginia Tech vs. Oregon State— Brad Edwards Miami (FL) vs. UCLA –Jerry Palm Duke vs. UCLA– Matt Murschel (Duke is listed in two bowls) Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Virginia Tech vs. Vanderbilt — Mark Schlabach Duke vs. Missouri — Brad Edwards Duke vs. Vanderbilt–Jerry Palm Duke vs. Vanderbilt— Matt Murschel Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Texas Tech vs. Michigan State — Mark Schlabach Texas Tech vs. Michigan State — Brad Edwards Oklahoma State vs. Northwestern –Jerry Palm Texas Tech vs. Michigan State – Matt Murschel Valero Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Stanford— Mark Schlabach Oklahoma State vs. USC— Brad Edwards West Virginia vs. USC –Jerry Palm Oklahoma State vs. USC – Matt Murschel Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Navy vs. Washington — Mark Schlabach Navy vs. Washington — Brad Edwards Navy vs. Stanford–Jerry Palm Navy vs. Washington – Matt Murschel New Era Pinstripe Bowl Syracuse vs. Iowa State— Mark Schlabach Syracuse vs. Iowa State — Brad Edwards Syracuse vs. TCU–Jerry Palm Syracuse 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 Houston vs. Air Force — Matt Murschel Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Minnesota vs. West Virginia— Mark Schlabach Minnesota vs. TCU— Brad Edwards Minnesota vs. Iowa State–Jerry Palm Minnesota vs. West Virginia– Matt Murschel Russell Athletic Bowl Miami vs. Louisville — Mark Schlabach Miami vs. Louisville — Brad Edwards Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers –Jerry Palm Miami vs. Rutgers– Matt Murschel AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Wake Forest vs. Arizona State— Mark Schlabach Louisiana – Monroe vs. Louisiana Tech— Brad Edwards Louisiana Tech vs. Utah –Jerry Palm Virginia Tech vs. Fresno State– Matt Murschel Belk Bowl Duke vs. Cincinnati — Mark Schlabach N.C. State vs. Cincinnati — Brad Edwards Georgia Tech vs. Cincinnati –Jerry Palm N.C. State vs. Cincinnati— Matt Murschel Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl TCU vs. Oregon State — Mark Schlabach West Virginia vs. UCLA— Brad Edwards Texas Tech vs. Oregon State –Jerry Palm TCU vs. Oregon State— Matt Murschel Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman Utah vs. Sa Jose State— Mark Schlabach Bowling Green vs. Western Kentucky— Brad Edwards Arizona State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette–Jerry Palm San Jose State 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 Northern Illinois vs. Western Kentucky –Jerry Palm Kent State vs. Louisiana– Monroe– Matt Murschel Sheraton Hawaii Bowl SMU vs. Fresno State— Mark Schlabach Louisiana – Lafayette vs. Fresno State— Brad Edwards Fresno State vs. San Jose State –Jerry Palm Tulsa vs. Utah State — Matt Murschel MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Boise State vs. UCLA— Mark Schlabach Boise State vs. Stanford — Brad Edwards Boise State vs. Washington –Jerry Palm Boise State vs. Arizona— Matt Murschel R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Houston vs. Louisiana-Monroe— Mark Schlabach SMU vs. Arkansas State — Brad Edwards Arkansas State vs. Kent State –-Jerry Palm East Carolina vs. Arkansas State– Matt Murschel Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl Bowling Green vs. East Carolina— Mark Schlabach Ohio vs. East Carolina — Brad Edwards Middle Tennessee State vs. UCF –Jerry Palm Western Kentucky vs. Ball State– 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 Toledo vs. Louisiana Tech— Mark Schlabach Toledo vs. Utah State— Brad Edwards Bowling Green vs. Utah State –Jerry Palm Toledo vs. Louisiana Tech – Matt Murschel Gildan New Mexico Bowl Nevada vs. Arizona — Mark Schlabach Nevada vs. Arizona — Brad Edwards Nevada vs. Arizona– -Jerry Palm Nevada vs. Arizona State –Matt Murschel
Our bowl prediction – An ALL SEC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Significant challenges still face Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame. In addition to traveling to Baylor, the Wildcats host a Texas team that has been playing better. The Ducks must play Stanford and Oregon State, both ranked in the top-15, before facing either USC or UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship Game. To get to the National Championship Game, they will likely need to win all three games. The Fighting Irish must travel to California play USC the last week of the season. Last season, the Irish were defeated at home by the Trojans.
For this prediction to hold true, each of the teams that have made it this far without being defeated must lose a game the last few weeks of the season.
Alabama and Georgia, Nos. 4 and 5, would need to continue to win. Florida, sitting with one loss and facing No. 8 Florida State the last game of the season, would need to win out and avoid the SEC Championship Game. So Florida and the SEC Champion would move into the two spots behind teams currently undefeated. But if each of those teams lose the last few weeks of the season,then Florida could face the SEC Champion in the BCS National Championship Game. Not that likely, but it is definitely possible. — Dave
- Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl? Updated Bowl Projections October 22, 2012 (bowlbound.wordpress.com)
- Wisconsin in the rankings + bowl predictions (Week 10) (jsonline.com)