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 ProjectionsDiscover BCS National Championship Game 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 GoDaddy.com 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 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 TaxSlayer.com 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.
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