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Athlon runs down the bowl projections following the Week 12 action.
College football's bowl season is inching closer, and it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like. With 12 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 12 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 two weeks.
2012-2013 Post-Week 12 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. UL Lafayette*|
|New Orleans||Dec. 22||Sun Belt vs. C-USA||UL Monroe vs. East Carolina|
|Las Vegas||Dec. 22||MWC vs. Pac-12||USC vs. Boise State|
|Hawaii||Dec. 24||C-USA vs. MWC||Fresno State vs. SJSU*|
|Little Caesars||Dec. 26||Big Ten vs. MAC||W. Kentucky* vs. Toledo|
|Military||Dec. 27||ACC vs. Army||Ball State* vs. Arizona State*|
|Belk||Dec. 27||ACC vs. Big East||Duke vs. Cincinnati|
|Holiday||Dec. 27||Big 12 vs. Pac-12||West Virginia vs. UCLA|
|Independence||Dec. 28||ACC vs. SEC||Ohio* 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||Rice 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. TCU|
|Alamo||Dec. 29||Big 12 vs. Pac-12||Stanford vs. Okla. State|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Dec. 29||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Mich. State vs. Texas Tech|
|Music City||Dec. 31||SEC vs. ACC||Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas State*|
|Sun||Dec. 31||ACC vs. Pac-12||Oregon State vs. NC State|
|Liberty||Dec. 31||SEC vs. C-USA||Tulsa vs. Ole Miss|
|Chick-fil-A||Dec. 31||ACC vs. SEC||South Carolina vs. Ga. Tech|
|Heart of Dallas||Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Baylor vs. Purdue|
|TaxSlayer.com Gator||Jan. 1||SEC vs. Big Ten||Northwestern vs. Miss. State|
|Capital One||Jan. 1||SEC vs. Big Ten||Michigan vs. Georgia|
|Outback||Jan. 1||SEC vs. Big Ten||Florida vs. Wisconsin|
|Cotton||Jan. 4||Big 12 vs. SEC||Texas vs. Texas A&M|
|BBVA Compass||Jan. 5||SEC vs. Big East||Troy* vs. Bowling Green*|
|GoDaddy.com||Jan. 6||MAC vs. Sun Belt||MTSU vs. Kent State|
|Rose||Jan. 1||BCS vs. BCS||Nebraska vs. Oregon|
|Orange||Jan. 1||BCS vs. BCS||Florida State vs. Louisville|
|Sugar||Jan. 2||BCS vs. BCS||LSU vs. Oklahoma|
|Fiesta||Jan. 3||BCS vs. BCS||Kansas State vs. Clemson|
|National Title||Jan. 7||BCS vs. BCS||Notre Dame vs. Alabama|
* 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. 18, 2012)