College Football Bowl Projections 2013

2014_BCS_Championship_logoWhen the college football season starts, every team has a different set of goals. For some, the list includes an undefeated record and a national championship. For others, the boxes to be checked off are a little more modest. For every team, though, whether they’ll say it or not, making a bowl game is a major chip to be cashed in.

77 teams played well enough (“well” being defined as winning at least six games) to continue their season in one of the 35 bowls, and three others could reach that plateau this weekend. If you did the math already, 35 games equals 70 bowl teams. So for a few unlucky teams, the season ends here, just like the nearly 50 squads who didn’t make it to 6-6.

The complicated part now: figure out which 70 teams are in and where they’re headed. Let’s take a stab at it.

  • Jan. 6: BCS National Championship Game: Florida State (BCS No. 1) vs. Ohio State (BCS No. 2)
  • Jan. 1: Rose Bowl: Michigan State (BCS At-Large) vs. Arizona State (Pac 12 Champ)
  • Jan. 1: Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State (Big 12 Champ) vs. Northern Illinois (BCS At-Large)
  • Jan. 2: Sugar: Missouri (SEC Champ) vs. UCF (AAC Champ)
  • Jan. 3: Orange: Alabama (BCS At-Large) vs. Clemson (BCS At-Large)
  • Dec. 21: New Mexico Bowl: Boise State (MWC) vs. Arizona (Pac 12 No. 7)
  • Dec. 21: Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State (MWC No. 1) vs. USC (Pac 12 No. 5)
  • Dec. 21: Idaho Potato Bowl: Colorado State (MWC) vs. Bowling Green (MAC)
  • Dec. 21: New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt No. 1) vs. Tulane (C-USA)
  • Dec. 23: Beef O’Brady’s Bowl: Western Kentucky (AAC*) vs. Middle Tennessee State (C-USA)
  • Dec. 24: Hawaii Bowl: UNLV (MWC) vs. North Texas (C-USA)
  • Dec. 26: Little Caesars Bowl: Toledo (MAC) vs. Pitt (Big Ten No. 8*)
  • Dec. 26: Poinsettia Bowl: Utah State (MWC No. 2) vs. Buffalo (Army*)
  • Dec. 27: Military Bowl: Maryland (ACC No. 8) vs. East Carolina (C-USA)
  • Dec. 27: Texas Bowl:  Syracuse (Big Ten No. 6*) vs. Kansas State (Big 12 No. 6)
  • Dec. 27: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Washington (Pac-12 No. 6) vs. BYU (BYU)
  • Dec. 28: Pinstripe Bowl: Houston (AAC No. 4) vs. Notre Dame (Big 12 No. 7*)
  • Dec. 28: Belk Bowl: Cincinnati (AAC No. 3) vs. Boston College (ACC No. 5)
  • Dec. 28: Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville (AAC No. 2) vs. Virginia Tech (ACC No. 3)
  • Dec. 28: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Oklahoma (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Nebraska (Big Ten No. 4)
  • Dec. 30: Armed Forces Bowl: San Diego State (MWC) vs. Navy (Navy)
  • Dec. 30: Music City Bowl: Georgia Tech (ACC No. 6) vs. Vanderbilt (SEC)
  • Dec. 30: Alamo Bowl: Stanford (Pac 12 No. 2) vs. Texas (Big 12 No. 3)
  • Dec. 30: Holiday Bowl: Oregon (Pac 12 No. 3) vs. Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 5)
  • Dec. 31: AdvoCare Bowl: North Carolina (ACC No. 7) vs. Mississippi State (SEC)
  • Dec. 31: Sun Bowl: Miami (ACC No. 4) vs. UCLA (Pac 12 No. 4)
  • Dec. 31: Liberty Bowl: Marshall (C-USA No. 1) vs. Ole Miss (SEC)
  • Dec. 31: Chick-fil-A Bowl: Duke (ACC No. 2) vs. Texas A&M (SEC)
  • Jan. 1: Heart of Dallas Bowl: Washington State (Big Ten No. 7*) vs. Rice (C-USA)
  • Jan. 1: Gator Bowl: Michigan (Big Ten No. 5) vs. Georgia (SEC)
  • Jan. 1: Outback Bowl: Iowa (Big Ten No. 3) vs. South Carolina (SEC)
  • Jan. 1: Capital One Bowl: Wisconsin (Big Ten No. 2) vs. Auburn (SEC No. 2)
  • Jan. 3: Cotton Bowl: Baylor (Big 12 No. 2) vs. LSU (SEC)
  • Jan. 4: BBVA Compass Bowl: Ohio (AAC*) vs.  Rutgers (SEC*)
  • Jan. 5: Bowl: Ball State (MAC) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt)

*= That conference couldn’t fill that slot; Bold Italic = That team has already accepted that bid