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Updated Bowl Projections

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:

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 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

Past Picks

  • 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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Baylor hosting Oklahoma

Arkansas hosting Auburn

North Texas hosting Rice

Air Force hosting Notre Dame

East Carolina hosting Southern Miss

Virginia Tech hosting Pitt

South Carolina hosting Kentucky

Clemson hosting Wake Forest

Coming soon:  Ole Miss, Missouri, Louisville, Michigan, Arizona State, Ohio State, Wisconsin

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2 Comments on Updated Bowl Projections

  1. Great consolidation of 4 very credible sources; we took things in a slightly different direction. We’d love your feedback on our bowl projections:


  2. bowltraveler // November 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm // Reply

    I think Northern — they’ve blown everyone but Iowa out, though they’ll be challenged tonight. Lynch is a true dual-threat. For Fresno, Carr is a stud and he has two great receivers. I’ve been floored by how many points the Fresno D gives up.


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