College Football's Post-Week 12 Bowl Projections

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College Football's Post-Week 12 Bowl Projections

With 12 weeks in the books, college football’s bowl and national title picture is starting to come into focus.

Alabama and Florida State are headed for an intriguing national championship in Pasadena - provided both teams finish the season without a loss. The Crimson Tide still has to play Auburn, while the Seminoles’ toughest game is a desperate Florida team in the Swamp or the ACC Championship.

With Stanford’s loss to USC, Oregon jumps back to projected Pac-12 champion. The Ducks are projected to play Ohio State, while Wisconsin earns a second spot for the Big Ten in our BCS picks.

Washington State’s upset win over Arizona means the Cougars are just one win away from bowl eligibility. If Mike Leach’s team can knock off Utah this week, Washington State should find a home as an at-large selection. The Pac-12 will likely have more teams bowl eligible than available spots. However, with an opening in the Poinsettia and potentially the Hawaii Bowl, the Pac-12 should be able to find spots for its bowl-eligible teams.

The bowl season doesn’t start until December, but with less than one month to go in the season, it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like.
The post-Week 12 bowl projections are a mixture between projections for the next few weeks, how things would look if the season ended today, and the results from the first 12 weeks of action. Expect more changes over the next few weeks. With several teams projected to be right around the six-win mark, more at-large spots in bowls should open in the next month.

A few teams barely missed the projections this week, including Syracuse and Utah from BCS conferences. And Texas State, Arkansas State, Ohio, FAU, ULM and Troy from the non-BCS ranks.

College Football's Post-Week 12 Bowl Projections for 2013

BowlTie-InDateProjection
New MexicoDec. 21Pac-12 vs. MWCColo. State vs. Oregon State
Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 21MAC vs. MWCUNLV vs. Bowling Green
Las VegasDec. 21Pac-12 vs. MWCBoise State vs. USC
New OrleansDec. 21Sun Belt vs. CUSAUL Lafayette vs. Tulane
Beef 'O' Brady'sDec. 23American vs. CUSAToledo* vs. MTSU
HawaiiDec. 24MWC vs. CUSASJSU vs. Rice
Little Caesars PizzaDec. 26MAC vs. Big TenNo. Illinois vs. Maryland*
PoinsettiaDec. 26Army vs. MWCUtah State vs. Buffalo*
MilitaryDec. 27CUSA vs. ACCE. Carolina vs. Boston College
TexasDec. 27Big 12 vs. Big TenK-State vs. Iowa
Fight HungerDec. 27BYU vs. Pac-12BYU vs. Washington
PinstripeDec. 28American vs. Big 12Cincinnati vs. Notre Dame
BelkDec. 28American vs. ACCHouston vs. North Carolina
Russell AthleticDec. 28American vs. ACCLouisville vs. Miami
Buffalo Wild WingsDec. 28Big 12 vs. Big TenTexas vs. Michigan
Armed ForcesDec. 30MWC vs. NavyNavy vs. SDSU
Music CityDec. 30ACC vs. SECGeorgia vs. Pittsburgh
AlamoDec. 30Big 12 vs. Pac-12Oklahoma vs. Stanford
HolidayDec. 30Pac-12 vs. Big 12Arizona State vs. Texas Tech
AdvoCare V100Dec. 31ACC vs. SECGeorgia Tech vs. Arizona*
SunDec. 31Pac-12 vs. ACCUCLA vs. Virginia Tech
LibertyDec. 31SEC vs. CUSATennessee vs. Marshall
Chick-fil-ADec. 31SEC vs. ACCSouth Carolina vs. Duke
GatorJan. 1SEC vs. Big TenOle Miss vs. Minnesota
Heart of DallasJan. 1Big Ten vs. CUSANorth Texas vs. Washington State*
OutbackJan. 1SEC vs. Big TenMissouri vs. Nebraska
Capital OneJan. 1SEC vs. Big TenMichigan State vs. Texas A&M
RoseJan. 1BCS vs. BCSOhio State vs. Oregon
FiestaJan. 1BCS vs. BCSFresno State vs. Baylor
SugarJan. 2BCS vs. BCSAuburn vs. UCF
CottonJan. 3SEC vs. Big 12LSU vs. Oklahoma State
OrangeJan. 3BCS vs. BCSClemson vs. Wisconsin
BBVA CompassJan. 4SEC vs. AmericanVanderbilt vs. Rutgers
GoDaddyJan. 5MAC vs. Sun BeltBall State vs. Western Kentucky
National TitleJan. 6BCS vs. BCSAlabama vs. Florida State

* Indicates conference is not expected to fill its alloted bowl slots, leaving an at-large spot available.

Bold indicates team has accepted bid to bowl.


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