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Latest Bowl Projections – October 27, 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 – Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Brett McMurphy – Fresno State vs. Louisiana-Monroe
  • Jerry Palm – Arkansas State vs. San Diego State
Gildan New Mexico Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Air Force vs. UTEP
  • Brett McMurphy – Utah State vs. Rice
  • Jerry Palm – Utah State vs. Rice
Royal Purple Las Vegas

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

  • Mark Schlabach – Ohio vs. Utah State
  • Brett McMurphy – Akron vs. Nevada
  • Jerry Palm – Akron vs. Fresno State
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Akron vs. South Alabama
  • Brett McMurphy – Bowling Green vs. Arkansas State
  • Jerry Palm – Toledo vs. South Alabama
Miami Beach Bowl

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

  • Mark Schlabach – Middle Tennessee vs. Bowling Green
  • Brett McMurphy – UAB vs. Toledo
  • Jerry Palm – Louisiana Tech vs. Central Michigan
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

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

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

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

  • Mark Schlabach – Penn State vs. Rice
  • Brett McMurphy – Rutgers vs. Marshall
  • Jerry Palm – Iowa vs. Marshall
Quick Lane Bowl

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

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

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

  • Mark Schlabach – Louisville vs. Stanford
  • Brett McMurphy – Virginia vs. USC
  • Jerry Palm – Louisville vs. Stanford
Duck Commander Independence Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Miami (FL) vs. Oregon State
  • Brett McMurphy – Miami (FL) vs. UTEP
  • Jerry Palm – North Carolina vs. North Texas
New Era Pinstripe Bowl

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

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

  • Mark Schlabach – Duke vs. Oklahoma
  • Brett McMurphy – Duke vs. West Virginia
  • Jerry Palm – Duke vs. Baylor
AutoZone Liberty Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – West Virginia vs. California
  • Brett McMurphy – Oklahoma vs. Tennessee
  • Jerry Palm – West Virginia vs. Tennessee
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

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

  • Mark Schlabach – Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
  • Brett McMurphy – Florida vs. Iowa
  • Jerry Palm – Missouri vs. Virginia Tech
Belk Bowl

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mark Schlabach – Nebraska vs. LSU
  • Brett McMurphy – Minnesota vs. Missouri
  • Jerry Palm – Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M
Cotton Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Kansas State vs. Notre Dame
  • Brett McMurphy – Auburn vs. TCU
  • Jerry Palm – TCU vs. UCLA
Citrus Bowl

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

  • Mark Schlabach – Mississippi State vs. Oregon
  • Brett McMurphy – Florida State vs. Oregon
  • Jerry Palm – Florida State vs. Michigan State
Allstate Sugar Bowl (College Football Playoff)

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

  • Mark Schlabach – Houston vs. Michigan
  • Brett McMurphy – Houston vs. Northwestern
  • Jerry Palm – Houston vs. Air Force
TaxSlayer Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Missouri vs. Wisconsin
  • Brett McMurphy – LSU vs. Louisville
  • Jerry Palm – LSU vs. Maryland
Valero Alamo Bowl

  • Mark Schlabach – Baylor vs. Arizona
  • Brett McMurphy – Baylor vs. Arizona
  • Jerry Palm – Oklahoma vs. Arizona
Cactus Bowl

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

  • Mark Schlabach – Memphis vs. UAB
  • Brett McMurphy – UCF vs. California
  • Jerry Palm – Bowling Green vs. Texas State
GoDaddy Bowl

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

My favorite pick from the experts is Baylor vs. Arizona in the Valero Alamo Bowl.  If you don’t like defense, or like lots of scoring, that would be the game to see.

Anyhow, our crazy bowl prediction for this week is Duke vs. Notre Dame in the Capital One Orange Bowl

How does it happen?  The Blue Devils finish 10-2, but are not division champs because they lose the head-to-head tie-breaker to North Carolina or Miami.  In this scenario, the Blue Devils end the season as the highest-ranked team in the ACC, other than the teams that appear in their conference championship game. With the ACC Championship Game winner moving up to the College Football Playoff, the Blue Devils are chosen to fill the slot. They’ll take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, who have an outstanding season, but fall just short of making the college football playoff.

Here’s our bowl projections so far this season:

  • West Virginia vs. LSU in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl  (October 13)
  • South Carolina vs. Penn State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (October 20)
  • Duke vs. Notre Dame in the Capital One Orange Bowl (October 27)


1 Comment on Latest Bowl Projections – October 27, 2014

  1. Look for Boise St to face Utah in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl


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