College Football's Post-Week 8 Bowl Projections

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College Football's Post-Week 8 Bowl Projections for 2013

With eight weeks in the books, college football’s bowl picture is starting to clear.

Florida State’s dominating victory over Clemson placed the Seminoles squarely in the national championship mix. Florida State ranks No. 2 in the first release of the BCS standings, but the Seminoles will have to contend with Oregon, who has room to move in the computer polls.

For now, we project the Ducks to pass the Seminoles for the No. 2 spot and play Alabama for the national championship. However, as Week 8 showed us, nothing in college football is guaranteed and another upset or two this year wouldn’t be a surprise.

Even though Clemson was dominated by Florida State, the Tigers are still in good shape to play for a BCS bowl. Coach Dabo Swinney’s team should be favored in its next four games, with the season finale at South Carolina a tossup.

Missouri is projected as the second SEC team in a BCS bowl, but don’t count out South Carolina, LSU or Texas A&M.

The bowl season doesn’t start until December, but it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like.

The post-Week 8 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 eight weeks of action. Expect more changes over the next few weeks.

A few teams barely missed the projections this week, including West Virginia, Minnesota, NC State, Utah and North Carolina from BCS conferences. And Texas State, Buffalo, Toledo and Arkansas State 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 8 Bowl Projections for 2013

BowlTie-InDateProjection
New MexicoDec. 21Pac-12 vs. MWCWyoming vs. Arizona
Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 21MAC vs. MWCBall State vs. Colorado State
Las VegasDec. 21Pac-12 vs. MWCUtah State vs. Washington
New OrleansDec. 21Sun Belt vs. CUSAUL Lafayette vs. Tulane
Beef 'O' Brady'sDec. 23American vs. CUSAOhio* vs. MTSU
HawaiiDec. 24MWC vs. CUSASJSU vs. North Texas
Little Caesars PizzaDec. 26MAC vs. Big TenNo. Illinois vs. Indiana
PoinsettiaDec. 26Army vs. MWCNotre Dame* vs. Boise State
MilitaryDec. 27CUSA vs. ACCECU vs. B. College
TexasDec. 27Big 12 vs. Big TenTCU vs. Iowa
Kraft Fight HungerDec. 27BYU vs. Pac-12BYU vs. USC
PinstripeDec. 28American vs. Big 12Rutgers vs. K-State
BelkDec. 28American vs. ACCCincinnati vs. Ga. Tech
Russell AthleticDec. 28American vs. ACCLouisville vs. Va. Tech
Buffalo Wild WingsDec. 28Big 12 vs. Big TenOkla. State vs. Michigan
Armed ForcesDec. 30MWC vs. NavySDSU vs. Navy
Music CityDec. 30ACC vs. SECDuke vs. Ole Miss
AlamoDec. 30Big 12 vs. Pac-12Texas Tech vs. UCLA
HolidayDec. 30Pac-12 vs. Big 12Arizona State vs. Oklahoma
AdvoCare V100Dec. 31ACC vs. SECMaryland vs. Vanderbilt
SunDec. 31Pac-12 vs. ACCPitt vs. Oregon State
LibertyDec. 31SEC vs. CUSATennessee vs. Marshall
Chick-fil-ADec. 31SEC vs. ACCMiami vs. So. Carolina
GatorJan. 1SEC vs. Big TenGeorgia vs. Michigan State
Heart of DallasJan. 1Big Ten vs. CUSARice vs. N'Western
OutbackJan. 1SEC vs. Big TenAuburn vs. Nebraska
Capital OneJan. 1SEC vs. Big TenWisconsin vs. Texas A&M
RoseJan. 1BCS vs. BCSOhio State vs. Stanford
FiestaJan. 1BCS vs. BCSFresno State vs. Baylor
SugarJan. 2BCS vs. BCSMissouri vs. Clemson
CottonJan. 3SEC vs. Big 12LSU vs. Texas
OrangeJan. 3BCS vs. BCSFlorida State vs. UCF
BBVA CompassJan. 4SEC vs. AmericanFlorida vs. Houston
GoDaddyJan. 5MAC vs. Sun BeltBGSU vs. WKU
National TitleJan. 6BCS vs. BCSAlabama vs. Oregon


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

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