Indiana hasn’t played in bowl since 2007, but thanks to Saturday’s win over Penn State, third-year coach Kevin Wilson should have the Hoosiers back in the postseason in 2013.
Indiana’s schedule is by no means easy in the second half of the season. However, games against Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue should allow the Hoosiers to get to the six-win mark.
Another team on the move in the bowl projections is Auburn. The Tigers knocked off Ole Miss in Week 6, improving to 4-1 in coach Gus Malzahn’s first year. Auburn still has to play Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama, but the Tigers have a chance to finish 8-4. In this week’s projections, Athlon has Auburn playing in the Gator Bowl against Michigan State.
College football's bowl season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like. With six weeks of results in the books, it's still hard to make long-term projections about teams, especially with several teams still playing overmatched non-conference games. But with conference play right around the corner, we should be able to get a better grasp on what teams will be able to reach the six-win mark.
With little data to work with, the post-Week 6 bowl projections are a mixture between preseason projections, how things would look if the season ended today, and a small dose of the results so far this year. Expect more changes over the next few weeks, especially as we see how teams perform in conference games.
A few teams barely missed the projections this week, including Boston College, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Utah, Arkansas, Minnesota and Illinois from BCS conferences. And Texas State, Arkansas State, Buffalo and Toledo from the non-BCS ranks.
As the season progresses, it will be easier to project which teams will get to the six-win mark or finish below.
College Football's Post-Week 6 Bowl Projections for 2013
|New Mexico||Dec. 21||Pac-12 vs. MWC||USC vs. Wyoming|
|Famous Idaho Potato||Dec. 21||MAC vs. MWC||BGSU vs. Nevada|
|Las Vegas||Dec. 21||Pac-12 vs. MWC||Arizona vs. Fresno State|
|New Orleans||Dec. 21||Sun Belt vs. CUSA||UL Lafayette vs. Tulane|
|Beef 'O' Brady's||Dec. 23||American vs. CUSA||Ohio* vs. Tulsa|
|Hawaii||Dec. 24||MWC vs. CUSA||SJSU vs. MTSU|
|Little Caesars Pizza||Dec. 26||MAC vs. Big Ten||No. Illinois vs. Indiana|
|Poinsettia||Dec. 26||Army vs. MWC||Notre Dame* vs. Boise State|
|Military||Dec. 27||CUSA vs. ACC||Marshall vs. N. Carolina|
|Texas||Dec. 27||Big 12 vs. Big Ten||TCU vs. Iowa|
|Kraft Fight Hunger||Dec. 27||BYU vs. Pac-12||BYU vs. Oregon State|
|Pinstripe||Dec. 28||American vs. Big 12||Cincinnati vs. K-State|
|Belk||Dec. 28||American vs. ACC||Rutgers vs. NC State|
|Russell Athletic||Dec. 28||American vs. ACC||UCF vs. Virginia Tech|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Dec. 28||Big 12 vs. Big Ten||Texas vs. Nebraska|
|Armed Forces||Dec. 30||MWC vs. Navy||Utah State vs. Navy|
|Music City||Dec. 30||ACC vs. SEC||Pittsburgh vs. Missouri|
|Alamo||Dec. 30||Big 12 vs. Pac-12||Okla. State vs. UCLA|
|Holiday||Dec. 30||Pac-12 vs. Big 12||Washington vs. Texas Tech|
|AdvoCare V100||Dec. 31||ACC vs. SEC||Ga. Tech vs. Tennessee|
|Sun||Dec. 31||Pac-12 vs. ACC||Arizona State vs. Maryland|
|Liberty||Dec. 31||SEC vs. CUSA||Ole Miss vs. East Carolina|
|Chick-fil-A||Dec. 31||SEC vs. ACC||Miami vs. So. Carolina|
|Gator||Jan. 1||SEC vs. Big Ten||Auburn vs. Mich. State|
|Heart of Dallas||Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. CUSA||Rice vs. Wash. State*|
|Outback||Jan. 1||SEC vs. Big Ten||N'Western vs. Florida|
|Capital One||Jan. 1||SEC vs. Big Ten||Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M|
|Rose||Jan. 1||BCS vs. BCS||Oregon vs. Michigan|
|Fiesta||Jan. 1||BCS vs. BCS||Stanford vs. Oklahoma|
|Sugar||Jan. 2||BCS vs. BCS||Georgia vs. Florida State|
|Cotton||Jan. 3||SEC vs. Big 12||LSU vs. Baylor|
|Orange||Jan. 3||BCS vs. BCS||Clemson vs. Louisville|
|BBVA Compass||Jan. 4||SEC vs. American||Vanderbilt vs. Houston|
|GoDaddy||Jan. 5||MAC vs. Sun Belt||Ball State vs. WKU|
|National Title||Jan. 6||BCS vs. BCS||Alabama vs. Ohio State|
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