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Athlon runs down the bowl projections following the Week 11 action.
College football's bowl season is inching closer, but it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like. With 11 weeks of results in the books, it's beginning to get easier to make projections about which teams will be eligible for the postseason.
The post-Week 11 bowl projections are a mixture between how things would look if the season ended today, future schedules, and a dose of the results so far this year. Expect more changes over the next few weeks.
2012-2013 Post-Week 11 College Football Bowl Projections
|New Mexico||Dec. 15||MWC vs. Pac-12||Arizona vs. Nevada|
|Famous Idaho Potato||Dec. 15||MAC vs. WAC||Utah State vs. N. Illinois|
|Poinsettia||Dec. 20||BYU vs. MWC||BYU vs. San Diego State|
|Beef 'O'Brady's||Dec. 21||Big East vs. C-USA||UCF** vs. Bowling Green*|
|New Orleans||Dec. 22||Sun Belt vs. C-USA||UL Monroe vs. East Carolina|
|Las Vegas||Dec. 22||MWC vs. Pac-12||Oregon State vs. Boise State|
|Hawaii||Dec. 24||C-USA vs. MWC||Fresno State vs. Arizona State*|
|Little Caesars||Dec. 26||Big Ten vs. MAC||W. Kentucky* vs. Toledo|
|Military||Dec. 27||ACC vs. Army||Ohio* vs. MTSU*|
|Belk||Dec. 27||ACC vs. Big East||Duke vs. Cincinnati|
|Holiday||Dec. 27||Big 12 vs. Pac-12||TCU vs. UCLA|
|Independence||Dec. 28||ACC vs. SEC||Ball State* vs. La. Tech*|
|Russell Athletic||Dec. 28||ACC vs. Big East||Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers|
|Meineke Car Care||Dec. 28||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Iowa State vs. Minnesota|
|Armed Forces||Dec. 29||C-USA vs. MWC||SMU vs. Air Force|
|Kraft Fight Hunger||Dec. 29||Pac-12 vs. Navy||Navy vs. Washington|
|Pinstripe||Dec. 29||Big East vs. Big 12||Syracuse vs. West Virginia|
|Alamo||Dec. 29||Big 12 vs. Pac-12||USC vs. Texas Tech|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Dec. 29||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Northwestern vs. Okla. State|
|Music City||Dec. 31||SEC vs. ACC||Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech|
|Sun||Dec. 31||ACC vs. Pac-12||Stanford vs. NC State|
|Liberty||Dec. 31||SEC vs. C-USA||Tulsa vs. Missouri|
|Chick-fil-A||Dec. 31||ACC vs. SEC||South Carolina vs. Miami|
|Heart of Dallas||Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. Big 12||San Jose State* vs. Purdue|
|TaxSlayer.com Gator||Jan. 1||SEC vs. Big Ten||Mich. State vs. Miss. State|
|Capital One||Jan. 1||SEC vs. Big Ten||Wisconsin vs. Georgia|
|Outback||Jan. 1||SEC vs. Big Ten||Florida vs. Michigan|
|Cotton||Jan. 4||Big 12 vs. SEC||Texas vs. LSU|
|BBVA Compass||Jan. 5||SEC vs. Big East||Vanderbilt vs. UL Lafayette*|
|GoDaddy.com||Jan. 6||MAC vs. Sun Belt||Arkansas State vs. Kent State|
|Rose||Jan. 1||BCS vs. BCS||Nebraska vs. Oklahoma|
|Orange||Jan. 1||BCS vs. BCS||Florida State vs. Louisville|
|Sugar||Jan. 2||BCS vs. BCS||Alabama vs. Clemson|
|Fiesta||Jan. 3||BCS vs. BCS||Texas A&M vs. Notre Dame|
|National Title||Jan. 7||BCS vs. BCS||Oregon vs. Kansas State|
* Indicates an at-large team due to a conference unable to fill bowl slots according to Athlon's projections.
** UCF is appealing a postseason ban and for now, is eligible to compete in the 2012 postseason.
Bold indicates a team has accepted bowl bid.
by Steven Lassan
(published Nov. 11, 2012)