Each week during football season, we gather bowl projections from around the web, provide some commentary, and make a prediction of our own. Without further adieu, here are the latest predictions:BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME Alabama vs. Florida State– Mark Schlabach Florida State vs. Alabama – Brad Edwards Alabama vs. Florida State – Jerry Palm Alabama vs. Florida State – Orlando Sentinel Discover Orange Bowl Oregon vs. Clemson– Mark Schlabach Clemson vs. Oregon – Brad Edwards Clemson vs. Oregon – Jerry Palm Clemson vs. Oregon – Orlando Sentinel Allstate Sugar Bowl Auburn vs. Fresno State – Mark Schlabach Auburn vs. Wisconsin – Brad Edwards South Carolina vs. UCF – Jerry Palm Auburn vs. UCF – Orlando Sentinel Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Baylor vs. UCF – Mark Schlabach Baylor vs. UCF – Brad Edwards Baylor vs. Fresno State – Jerry Palm Baylor vs. Fresno State – Orlando Sentinel Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO Stanford vs. Ohio State – Mark Schlabach Ohio State vs. Stanford – Brad Edwards Ohio State vs. Stanford – Jerry Palm Stanford vs. Ohio State – Ohio State GoDaddy.com Bowl Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas State – Mark Schlabach Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana-Monroe – Brad Edwards Northern Illinois vs. Western Kentucky – Jerry Palm Ball State vs. Arkansas State – Orlando Sentinel BBVA Compass Bowl Rutgers vs. Syracuse – Mark Schlabach Cincinnati vs. Troy – Brad Edwards Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati – Jerry Palm Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt – Orlando Sentinel AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M– Mark Schlabach Oklahoma State vs. LSU – Brad Edwards Oklahoma State vs. LSU – Jerry Palm Texas vs. LSU – Orlando Sentinel Outback Bowl Michigan State vs. Missouri – Mark Schlabach Nebraska vs. Missouri – Brad Edwards Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M– Jerry Palm Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M – Orlando Sentinel Capital One Bowl Wisconsin vs. South Carolina – Mark Schlabach Michigan State vs. South Carolina – Brad Edwards Michigan State vs. Missouri – Jerry Palm Michigan State vs. Missouri – Orlando Sentinel Heart of Dallas Bowl Iowa vs. North Texas – Mark Schlabach Northwestern vs. North Texas – Brad Edwards Iowa vs. Rice – Jerry Palm Iowa vs. North Texas – Orlando Sentinel TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Minnesota vs. LSU – Mark Schlabach Iowa vs. Georgia – Brad Edwards Michigan vs. Auburn– Jerry Palm Michigan vs. Georgia – Orlando Sentinel Chick-fil-A Bowl Virginia Tech vs. Georgia – Mark Schlabach Georgia Tech vs. Texas A&M – Brad Edwards Miami (FL) vs. Georgia – Jerry Palm Virginia Tech vs. South Carolina – Orlando Sentinel AutoZone Liberty Bowl Marshall vs. Vanderbilt – Mark Schlabach Marshall vs. Vanderbilt – Brad Edwards Marshall vs. Tennessee – Jerry Palm East Carolina vs. Tennessee – Orlando Sentinel Hyundai Sun Bowl Duke vs. UCLA – Mark Schlabach Virginia Tech vs. Washington – Brad Edwards North Carolina vs. Washington – Jerry Palm Georgia Tech vs. UCLA – Orlando Sentinel AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl North Carolina vs. Utah – Mark Schlabach Boston College vs. Notre Dame– Brad Edwards Notre Dame vs. Duke– Jerry Palm Syracuse vs. Notre Dame – Orlando Sentinel National University Holiday Bowl Kansas State vs. USC – Mark Schlabach Kansas State vs. Arizona State – Brad Edwards Texas vs. Arizona State – Jerry Palm Kansas State vs. USC– Orlando Sentinel Valero Alamo Bowl Texas vs. Arizona State – Mark Schlabach Texas vs. UCLA – Brad Edwards Oklahoma vs. UCLA – Jerry Palm Oklahoma vs. Arizona State – Orlando Sentinel Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Boston College vs. Ole Miss – Mark Schlabach Syracuse vs. Ole Miss – Brad Edwards Maryland vs. Ole Miss – Jerry Palm Pittsburgh vs. Ole Miss – Ole Miss Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Navy vs. San Diego State – Mark Schlabach Navy vs. UNLV – Brad Edwards Navy vs. San Diego State – Jerry Palm Navy vs. UNLV– Orlando Sentinel Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Oklahoma vs. Nebraska – Mark Schlabach Oklahoma vs. Minnesota – Brad Edwards Texas Tech vs. Nebraska – Jerry Palm Oklahoma State vs. Nebraska – Orlando Sentinel Russell Athletic Bowl Miami (FL) vs. Louisville – Mark Schlabach Miami (FL) vs. Louisville – Brad Edwards Virginia Tech vs. Louisville – Jerry Palm Miami vs. Louisville – Orlando Sentinel Belk Bowl Georgia Tech vs. Houston – Mark Schlabach Duke vs. Houston – Brad Edwards Georgia Tech vs. Houston – Jerry Palm Duke vs. Houston –Orlando Sentinel New Era Pinstripe Bowl Cincinnati vs. West Virginia– Mark Schlabach Rutgers vs. West Virginia – Brad Edwards Rutgers vs. West Virginia– Jerry Palm Rutgers vs. West Virginia – Orlando Sentinel Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl BYU vs. Washington – Mark Schlabach BYU vs. Arizona – Brad Edwards BYU vs. USC– Jerry Palm BYU vs. Washington– Orlando Sentinel Texas Bowl Michigan vs. Texas Tech – Mark Schlabach Michigan vs. Texas Tech – Brad Edwards Minnesota vs. Kansas State – Jerry Palm Minnesota vs. Texas Tech – Orlando Sentinel Military Bowl presented by Northrop Middle Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh – Mark Schlabach East Carolina vs. Pittsburgh – Brad Edwards Syracuse vs. North Texas – Jerry Palm Boston College vs. Middle Tennessee – Orlando Sentinel S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Utah State vs. Notre Dame– Mark Schlabach Boise State vs. Bowling Green – Brad Edwards Boise State vs. Toledo – Jerry Palm Ohio vs. San Diego State – Orlando Sentinel Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Ball State vs. Northwestern – Mark Schlabach Ball State vs. Arkansas State – Brad Edwards Northern Illinois vs. Troy – Jerry Palm Ball State vs. Texas State– Orlando Sentinel Sheraton Hawaii Bowl East Carolina vs. San Jose State – Mark Schlabach Middle Tennessee vs. Utah State – Brad Edwards Colorado State vs. Middle Tennessee – Jerry Palm Rice vs. Utah State – Orlando Sentinel Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl Ohio vs. Rice – Mark Schlabach Toledo vs. Rice – Brad Edwards Buffalo vs. East Carolina – Jerry Palm Toledo vs. Marshall – Orlando Sentinel R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette– Mark Schlabach Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette – Brad Edwards Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette – Jerry Palm Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette – Orlando Sentinel Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo vs. UNLV – Mark Schlabach Buffalo vs. San Diego State – Brad Edwards Bowling Green vs. Arkansas State – Jerry Palm Buffalo vs. Colorado State – Orlando Sentinel Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Boise State vs. Oregon State – Mark Schlabach Fresno State vs. USC– Brad Edwards Utah State vs. Arizona – Jerry Palm Boise State vs. Oregon State – Orlando Sentinel Gildan New Mexico Bowl Colorado State vs. Oregon State– Mark Schlabach San Jose State vs. USC – Brad Edwards San Jose State vs. Oregon State – Jerry Palm San Jose State vs. Arizona – Orlando Sentinel
A change in the Championship – Stanford’s defeat of Oregon moved Florida State into every Championship Game prediction. According to all of the experts, the Ducks will be facing Clemson, which gets an large bid, in the Orange Bowl.
That Dog is named “Buster” – the Fresno State Bulldogs and Northern Illinois Huskies were ranked Nos. 14 and 15 in the latest BCS standings. If they hold those rankings to the end of the season, it would mean that one of these teams would receive an automatic bid to a BCS-series bowl game. Northern has a huge game Wednesday night against 9-1 Ball State, while Fresno takes on 3-6 New Mexico on Saturday.
Sweet Home State – Teams from the State of Alabama have won the last four BCS Championships, and the Crimson Tide is currently rated No.1. Meanwhile, three of four experts are picking Auburn to replace Alabama in the Sugar Bowl if the Tide play in the BCS Championship Game. The Iron Bowl, the annual game between Auburn and Alabama, was won by the Crimson Tide 49-0 last season. This year’s game will be a lot closer, and could have a huge impact on the bowl season.
This Week’s Pick: The Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Buffalo Wild Wing Bowl. For Nebraska to get to Pasadena, the Cornhuskers would have to defeat Michigan State this week, win at Penn State, and beat Iowa. They would then need to return to Indianapolis and defeat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game, a tall-order for any team. If the Huskers don’t make it to Pasadena, they will have at least three losses, and we think that Wisconsin and Michigan State will finish with two losses, claiming the Capital One and Outback Bowl selections. We also think that if Minnesota wins against either Michigan State or Wisconsin, they would end with three losses and get a Florida bid ahead of Nebraska based on the head-to-head victory. So we think Nebraska will head to Arizona for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, and a date with a former Big XII rival
- November 3 – Miami (FL) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl
- October 27 – South Carolina in the Cotton Bowl Classic
- October 20 – Michigan State in the Rose Bowl
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