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Updated Bowl Projections October 20, 2014

Every Monday we publish bowl projections from experts across the web, along with include a few notes and observations. We also offer a bowl projection of our own that may seem crazy at first, but we’ll provide the rationale behind it, explain how it can happen.  Hopefully we’ll surprise you not with the pick, but how it falls into place as the season goes on (we invite you to check our picks from the last few years). Each week, we’ll list our earlier picks, and after the bowls are over, we’ll review our projections.  Here are the expert picks,notes, our crazy bowl pick and more.    (Click here for a list of updated conference tie-ins)

R+L Carriers New Orleans

  • Mark Schlabach – Air Force vs. Texas State
  • Brett McMurphy – Cal vs. Louisiana-Monroe
  • Jerry Palm – San Diego State vs. Arkansas State
Gildan New Mexico Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Wyoming vs. Rice
  • Brett McMurphy – Utah State vs. Louisiana Tech
  • Jerry Palm – Utah State vs. Rice
Royal Purple Las Vegas

  • Mark Schlabach – Utah State vs. UCLA
  • Brett McMurphy – Colorado State vs. Stanford
  • Jerry Palm – Boise State vs. Washington
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Bowling Green vs. Colorado State
  • Brett McMurphy – Akron vs. Nevada
  • Jerry Palm – Akron vs. Fresno State
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Akron vs. South Alabama
  • Brett McMurphy – Northen Illinois vs. South Alabama
  • Jerry Palm – Toledo vs. South Alabama
Miami Beach Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Cincinnati vs. BYU
  • Brett McMurphy – Temple vs. BYU
  • Jerry Palm – Cincinnati vs. BYU
Boca Raton Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – UAB vs. Central Michigan
  • Brett McMurphy – Marshall vs. Central Michigan
  • Jerry Palm – Louisiana Tech vs. Central Michigan
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Utah vs. Navy
  • Brett McMurphy – Boise State vs. Navy
  • Jerry Palm – Colorado State vs. Navy
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Marshall vs. Northern Illinois
  • Brett McMurphy- UAB vs. Toledo
  • Jerry Palm – Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
Hawaii Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Middle Tennessee vs. Fresno State
  • Brett McMurphy – Middle Tennessee vs. Air Force
  • Jerry Palm – Nevada vs. UAB
Heart of Dallas Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Michigan vs. Louisiana Tech
  • Brett McMurphy – Rutgers vs. North Texas
  • Jerry Palm – Iowa vs. Marshall
Quick Lane Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Boston College vs. Maryland
  • Brett McMurphy – Boston College Penn State
  • Jerry Palm – Boston College vs. Ohio
BITCOIN St. Petersburg Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – UCF vs. North Carolina State
  • Brett McMurphy – Cincinnati vs. North Carolina State
  • Jerry Palm – UCF vs. North Carolina State
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman

  • Mark Schlabach – Temple vs. Pitt
  • Brett McMurphy – Miami (FL) vs. Memphis
  • Jerry Palm – Miami (FL) vs. Memphis
Hyundai Sun Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Virginia vs. Arizona State
  • Brett McMurphy – Duke vs. Oregon State
  • Jerry Palm – Louisville vs. Stanford
Duck Commander Independence Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Miami (FL) vs. Florida
  • Brett McMurphy – Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee
  • Jerry Palm – North Carolina vs. North Texas
New Era Pinstripe Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Louisville vs. Rutgers
  • Brett McMurphy – Georgia Tech vs. Wisconsin
  • Jerry Palm – Georgia Tech vs. Rutgers
National University Holiday Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Iowa vs. Arizona
  • Brett McMurphy – Nebraska vs. Arizona State
  • Jerry Palm – Penn State vs. USC
Russell Athletic Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Duke vs. Kansas State
  • Brett McMurphy – Louisville vs. Oklahoma State
  • Jerry Palm – Duke vs. Baylor
AutoZone Liberty Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – West Virginia vs. Kentucky
  • Brett McMurphy – West Virginia vs. South Carolina
  • Jerry Palm – West Virginia vs. Tennessee
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
  • Brett McMurphy – Kansas State vs. Kentucky
  • Jerry Palm – Kansas State vs. Oregon State
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Missouri vs. Virginia Tech
  • Brett McMurphy – Missouri vs. Minnesota
  • Jerry Palm – South Carolina vs. Virginia Tech
Belk Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina
  • Brett McMurphy – Virginia Tech vs. LSU
  • Jerry Palm – Notre Dame vs. LSU
San Francisco Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Penn State vs. USC
  • Brett McMurphy – Maryland vs. USC
  • Jerry Palm – Minnesota vs. Arizona State
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Georgia vs. East Carolina
  • Brett McMurphy – TCU vs. East Carolina
  • Jerry Palm – Georgia vs. East Carolina
Fiesta Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Oregon vs. Ohio State
  • Brett McMurphy – Arizona vs. Michigan State
  • Jerry Palm – Oregon vs. Nebraska
Capital One Orange Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Clemson vs. Notre Dame
  • Brett McMurphy – Clemson vs. Ole Miss
  • Jerry Palm – Clemson vs. Mississippi State
Outback Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Wisconsin vs. Auburn
  • Brett McMurphy – Iowa vs. Georgia
  • Jerry Palm – Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M
Cotton Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Oklahoma vs. Michigan State
  • Brett McMurphy – Auburn vs. Oregon
  • Jerry Palm – TCU vs. UCLA
Citrus Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Nebraska vs. Alabama
  • Brett McMurphy – Ohio State vs. Alabama
  • Jerry Palm – Ohio State vs. Auburn
Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern Mutual (College Football Playoff)

  • Mark Schlabach – Florida State vs.  Ole Miss
  • Brett McMurphy – Florida State vs. Baylor
  • Jerry Palm – Florida State vs. Alabama
Allstate Sugar Bowl (College Football Playoff)

  • Mark Schlabach – Baylor vs. Mississippi State
  • Brett McMurphy – Mississippi State vs. Notre Dame
  • Jerry Palm – Ole Miss vs. Michigan State
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Houston vs. Oregon State
  • Brett McMurphy – Houston vs. UCLA
  • Jerry Palm – Houston vs. Air Force
TaxSlayer Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – LSU vs. Minnesota
  • Brett McMurphy – Texas A&M vs. Virginia
  • Jerry Palm – Missouri vs. Maryland
Valero Alamo Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – TCU vs. Stanford
  • Brett McMurphy – Oklahoma vs. Utah
  • Jerry Palm – Oklahoma vs. Arizona
Cactus Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Boise State vs. Washington
  • Brett McMurphy – Northwestern vs. Washington
  • Jerry Palm – Oklahoma State vs. Utah
Birmingham Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Memphis vs. Tennessee
  • Brett McMurphy – UCF vs. Florida
  • Jerry Palm – Bowling Green vs. Louisiana-Monroe
GoDaddy Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Toledo vs. Arkansas State
  • Brett McMurphy – Bowling Green vs. Arkansas State
  • Jerry Palm – Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana – Lafayette



Some amazing possibilities in the expert projections, including Ohio State vs. Alabama in the Citrus Bowl and Notre Dame vs. LSU in the Belk Bowl.

Our crazy bowl projection – South Carolina vs. Penn State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

One of the rules of our projection is that it must be a match-up that none of our experts have selected, and each expert has the Gamecocks going to a different bowl, but not the one that we think they will.

Coming off the best season in Carolina history, culminating in a No.4 ranking and a Capital One Bowl victory,   South Carolina opened the season with a stunning home loss to Texas A&M.  The Gamecocks then defeated Georgia, a playoff contender, and suffered close losses to Kentucky and Missouri.  This Saturday, they travel to Auburn, but then are the likely favorite in their last four games.  If this pans out, the Gamecocks will face a motivated and hungry Penn State team, led by star QB Christian Hackenberg.  The Nittany Lions opened the year by winning their first four games under James Franklin, but lost the last two and face Ohio State Saturday.  After that game, they’ll face Maryland, and our feeling is that the winner of that game will play in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.  We think the winner of that game will finish the season 8-4, and Maryland defeated Iowa, another potential candidate for the game.  Our feeling is that if Wisconsin was a candidate for this game, the Big Ten would have the Badgers travel to San Francisco, and slide the Nittany Lions (or Terrapins) in.

Here’s our bowl projections so far:

  • West Virginia vs. LSU in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl  (October 13)
  • South Carolina vs. Penn State in the Tax Slayer Gator Bowl (October 20)

A game we would love to see:  Baylor vs. Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl

Click here for the  2014-2015 bowl game schedule

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