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College Football Post-Week 12 Bowl Projections

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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

Bowl

Date

Tie-In

Projected Matchup

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

 

 

 

 

BCS Bowls

 

 

 

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

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* 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

Follow @athlonsteven

(published Nov. 18, 2012)