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Bowl Projections – Compiled from the web November 19, 2012

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.  After the expert predictions, you’ll see our pick, and the rationale.  We’ll also review what we’ve picked so far.

Bowl Projections

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Georgia vs. Notre Dame– Mark Schlabach
Notre Dame vs. Alabama — Brad Edwards
Notre Dame vs. Alabama–Jerry Palm
Kansas State vs. Oregon — Matt Murschel
Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma vs. Oregon– Mark Schlabach
Kansas State vs. Oregon– Brad Edwards
Kansas State vs. Stanford –Jerry Palm
Kansas State vs. Oregon– Matt Murschel
Allstate Sugar Bowl
LSU vs. Clemson– Mark Schlabach
Florida vs. Oklahoma– Brad Edwards
LSU vs. Oklahoma–Jerry Palm
Texas A&M vs. Clemson– 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. Stanford — Mark Schlabach
Nebraska vs. Stanford– Brad Edwards
Nebraska vs. Oregon–Jerry Palm
Nebraska vs. Stanford– Matt Murschel Bowl
Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana–Lafayette– Mark Schlabach
Kent State vs. Middle Tennessee– Brad Edwards
Kent State vs. Louisiana – Lafayette –Jerry Palm
Northern Illinois vs. Middle Tennessee– Matt Murschel
BBVA Compass
Toledo vs. Troy– Mark Schlabach
Toledo vs. Vanderbilt– Brad Edwards
Bowling Green vs. Louisiana-Monroe–Jerry Palm
Toledo vs. Louisiana – Lafayette– Matt Murschel
AT&T Cotton Bowl

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Texas vs. Alabama — Mark Schlabach
Texas vs. LSU — Brad Edwards
Texas vs. Texas A&M – Jerry Palm
Oklahoma  vs. LSU– Matt Murschel
Capital One Bowl
Michigan vs. Texas A&M– Mark Schlabach
Michigan vs. Texas A&M — Brad Edwards
Michigan vs. Georgia–Jerry Palm
Michigan vs. Georgia– Matt Murschel
Outback Bowl
Wisconsin vs. Florida– Mark Schlabach
Wisconsin vs. South Carolina — Brad Edwards
Northwestern vs. South Carolina –Jerry Palm
Wisconsin vs. Florida– Matt Murschel Gator Bowl
Northwestern vs. Mississippi State — Mark Schlabach
Northwestern vs. Mississippi State — Brad Edwards
Minnesota vs. Mississippi State –Jerry Palm
Northwestern vs. Mississippi State — Matt Murschel
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Purdue vs. TCU– Mark Schlabach
Purdue vs. TCU — Brad Edwards
San Jose State vs. Baylor–Jerry Palm
Purdue vs. Rice– Matt Murschel
Chick-fil-A Bowl
N.C. State vs. South Carolina– Mark Schlabach
Clemson vs. Georgia– Brad Edwards
Clemson vs. Florida –Jerry Palm
Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina– Matt Murschel
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Tulsa vs. Louisiana – Monroe — Mark Schlabach
Tulsa vs. Louisiana – Monroe– Brad Edwards
Tulsa vs. Ball State –Jerry Palm
Tulsa vs. TCU– Matt Murschel
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Virginia Tech vs. USC– Mark Schlabach
Virginia Tech vs. USC– Brad Edwards
Miami (FL) vs. Washington –Jerry Palm
Duke vs. USC – Matt Murschel  
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Duke vs. Vanderbilt — Mark Schlabach
Miami (FL) vs. Ole Miss — Brad Edwards
Virginia Tech vs. Vanderbilt–Jerry Palm
Virginia Tech vs. Vanderbilt— Matt Murschel
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Michigan State — Mark Schlabach
Iowa State vs. Michigan State — Brad Edwards
Oklahoma State vs. Wisconsin –Jerry Palm
Oklahoma State vs. Michigan State – Matt Murschel
Valero Alamo Bowl
Kansas State vs. UCLA– Mark Schlabach
Oklahoma State vs. UCLA– Brad Edwards
West Virginia vs. UCLA –Jerry Palm
Texas vs. UCLA – Matt Murschel
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Navy vs. Arizona — Mark Schlabach
Navy vs. Arizona — Brad Edwards
Navy vs. Stanford–Jerry Palm
Navy vs. Washington – Matt Murschel
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Syracuse vs. West Virginia– Mark Schlabach
Syracuse vs. West Virginia– Brad Edwards
Syracuse vs. Iowa State–Jerry Palm
Syracuse vs. Iowa State — Matt Murschel
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
UCF vs. Air Force– Mark Schlabach
East Carolina vs. Air Force — Brad Edwards
East Carolina vs. Air Force –Jerry Palm
East Carolina vs. Air Force — Matt Murschel
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Minnesota vs. Iowa State– Mark Schlabach
Minnesota vs. Texas Tech– Brad Edwards
Purdue vs. TCU–Jerry Palm
Minnesota vs. Texas Tech– Matt Murschel
Russell Athletic Bowl
Miami vs. Louisville — Mark Schlabach
Georgia Tech vs. Louisville — Brad Edwards
N.C. State vs. Rutgers –Jerry Palm
Miami vs. Rutgers– Matt Murschel
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Louisiana Tech vs. Baylor– Mark Schlabach
Louisiana Tech vs. Duke– Brad Edwards
Louisiana Tech vs. Duke –Jerry Palm
Central Michigan vs. Fresno State– Matt Murschel
Belk Bowl
Georgia Tech 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
Texas Tech vs. Oregon State — Mark Schlabach
Baylor vs. Oregon State– Brad Edwards
Texas Tech vs. Oregon State –Jerry Palm
West Virginia vs. Oregon State— Matt Murschel
Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman
Bowling Green vs. San Jose State– Mark Schlabach
Bowling Green vs. Western Kentucky– Brad Edwards
Ohio vs. Troy –Jerry Palm
Western Kentucky vs. Bowling Green — Matt Murschel
Little Cesar’s Pizza Bowl
Kent State vs. Western Kentucky– Mark Schlabach
Northern Illinois vs. San Jose State– Brad Edwards
Northern Illinois vs. Western Kentucky –Jerry Palm
Kent State vs. San Jose State– Matt Murschel
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
East Carolina vs. Fresno State– Mark Schlabach
Louisiana – Lafayette vs. Fresno State– Brad Edwards
Fresno State vs. Rice –Jerry Palm
Louisiana Tech vs. Ohio — Matt Murschel
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Boise State vs. Washington– Mark Schlabach
Boise State vs. Washington — Brad Edwards
Boise State vs. Arizona –Jerry Palm
Boise State vs. Arizona— Matt Murschel
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Rice vs. Arkansas State — Mark Schlabach
Rice vs. Arkansas State — Brad Edwards
Arkansas State vs. Central Michigan –Jerry Palm
Marshall vs. Arkansas State– Matt Murschel
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl
Ohio vs. Middle Tennessee– Mark Schlabach
Ohio vs. UCF– Brad Edwards
Middle Tennessee State vs. UCF –Jerry Palm
Louisiana – Monroe vs. UCF– 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
Ball State vs. Utah State– Mark Schlabach
Ball State vs. Utah State– Brad Edwards
Toledo vs. Utah State –Jerry Palm
Ball State vs. Utah State– Matt Murschel
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Nevada vs. Arizona State — Mark Schlabach
Nevada vs. Arizona State– Brad Edwards
Nevada vs. Arizona State- -Jerry Palm
Nevada vs. Arizona State  –Matt Murschel

Several weeks ago, we predicted Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl.  For that to happen, Wisconsin will need to defeat either Michigan or Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship, and a Pac-12 team will need to move up to BCS National Championship Game, creating a slot for Notre Dame, which also must lose to USC Saturday.  It’s possible — Oregon is sitting at No. 5.  and of the teams ranked in front of the Ducks, two must play each other, and No. 4 Florida faces No. 10 Florida State.  The Ducks will need the Seminoles to come through.

We predicted Boise State vs. Washington in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas at the time that Boise was being picked for BCS bowls, and Washington was 3-4 with a three game losing streak.  The Huskies have won four in a row, and are heavy favorites against Washington State.  Boise dropped a game to San Jose State, which is having a great year, and for teams from non-AQ conferences seeking BCS bids, there is little tolerance for losses.

Then we predicted USC vs Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl, which gets the first pick after the BCS in the Pac-12 and the second pick after the BCS in the Big-12.  For this to happen, USC would have to upset No. 1 Notre Dame, to finish at 8-4.  Stanford and Oregon State would also need to lose, to fall to 9-3, opening the door for the Trojans.  Again, this was a common pre-season BCS National Championship Game pick, and a Landry Jones vs. Matt Barkley game would be outstanding to watch.

Last week, we predicted an SEC vs. SEC BCS National Championship Game.  We did this because we read several stories lamenting the end of the SEC’s streak of National Championships.  For this to happen, Notre Dame would have to lose to USC.   Alabama and Georgia, currently No’s 2 and 3, will meet in the SEC Championship Game, the winner likely moving up to No. 1 if Notre Dame was to lose to USC.  Then Florida, sitting at No. 4, would need to defeat No. 10 Florida State, and hope to move up to No. 2.

So this week we are predicting UCLA vs. West Virginia in the Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl.  Led by Quarterback Geno Smith, West Virginia was one of the hottest teams at the start of the season, and has set several scoring records.  UCLA has shown significant improvement this season, but would be coming off a conference championship game loss to end the season.  The Bruins take their powder blue uniforms to San Diego, and try to slow down the Mountaineers in what could become a track-meet.

Your comments are welcome   Dave



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