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College Football Post-Week 5 Bowl Projections

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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 only three weeks of results in the books, it's hard to make long-term projections about teams, especially with several teams still playing overmatched non-conference games. 

With little data to work with, the post-Week 5 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. 

2012-2013 Post-Week 5 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

East Carolina vs. South Florida

New Orleans

Dec. 22

Sun Belt vs. C-USA

UL Lafayette vs. Marshall

Las Vegas

Dec. 22

MWC vs. Pac-12

Washington vs. Boise State

Hawaii

Dec. 24

C-USA vs. MWC

Fresno State vs. SMU

Little Caesars

Dec. 26

Big Ten vs. MAC

Minnesota vs. Toledo

Military

Dec. 27

ACC vs. Army

Duke vs. Connecticut*

Belk

Dec. 27

ACC vs. Big East

NC State vs. Cincinnati

Holiday

Dec. 27

Big 12 vs. Pac-12

UCLA vs. Texas Tech

Independence

Dec. 28

ACC vs. SEC

Wake Forest vs. Missouri

Russell Athletic

Dec. 28

ACC vs. Big East

Miami vs. Rutgers

Meineke Car Care

Dec. 28

Big Ten vs. Big 12

TCU vs. Purdue

Armed Forces

Dec. 29

C-USA vs. MWC

Houston vs. Air Force

Kraft Fight Hunger

Dec. 29

Pac-12 vs. Navy

Navy vs. Stanford

Pinstripe

Dec. 29

Big East vs. Big 12

Baylor vs. Pittsburgh

Alamo

Dec. 29

Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Oregon State vs. Oklahoma

Buffalo Wild Wings

Dec. 29

Big Ten vs. Big 12

Okla. State vs. Mich. State 

Music City

Dec. 31

SEC vs. ACC

Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech

Sun

Dec. 31

ACC vs. Pac-12

Arizona State vs. Va. Tech

Liberty

Dec. 31

SEC vs. C-USA

Auburn vs. UCF**

Chick-fil-A

Dec. 31

ACC vs. SEC

Clemson vs. Texas A&M

TicketCity

Jan. 1

Big Ten vs. C-USA

Tulsa vs. Iowa

TaxSlayer.com Gator

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

Miss. State vs. Northwestern

Capital One

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

Georgia vs. Michigan

Outback

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

Wisconsin vs. Florida

Cotton

Jan. 4

Big 12 vs. SEC

West Virginia vs. So. Carolina

BBVA Compass

Jan. 5

SEC vs. Big East

Vanderbilt vs. Louisiana Tech*

GoDaddy.com

Jan. 6

MAC vs. Sun Belt

W. Kentucky vs. Ohio

 

 

 

 

BCS Bowls

 

 

 

Rose

Jan. 1

BCS vs. BCS

Nebraska vs. USC

Orange

Jan. 1

BCS vs. BCS

Florida State vs. Louisville

Sugar

Jan. 2

BCS vs. BCS

LSU vs. Kansas State

Fiesta

Jan. 3

BCS vs. BCS

Texas vs. Notre Dame

National Title

Jan. 7

BCS vs. BCS

Oregon 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.

by Steven Lassan

Follow @athlonsteven

(published Oct. 2, 2012)

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