College Football's Post-Week 10 Bowl Projections

Michigan State could be battling Wisconsin for a BCS at-large spot.

With 10 weeks in the books, college football’s bowl picture is starting to clear.

The third release of the BCS standings saw another change at the top. Florida State passed Oregon for the No. 2 spot behind Alabama. However, if both teams win out, the Ducks should pass the Seminoles and play in the national championship.

For now, we project Oregon to edge Florida State for the No. 2 spot. However, there’s a month to play and upsets and changes at the top of the BCS standings will happen.

Even though teams like Texas A&M, LSU and Wisconsin are out of the national title picture, the next month of the season will be important for their hopes of earning an appearance as an at-large team in the BCS. The Badgers rank No. 24 in the latest BCS standings and should be favored to win their final four games. However, coach Gary Andersen’s team needs some help, especially with Clemson having an opportunity for a marquee win (and BCS positioning) against South Carolina in the season finale. Big Ten foe Michigan State is also in the mix for an at-large spot, with the Spartans improving to No. 17 in the BCS standings.

West Virginia worked its way back into the bowl projections after beating TCU on Saturday. With games against Kansas and Iowa State remaining, the Mountaineers should be able to get to six victories.

The bowl season doesn’t start until December, but with 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 10 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 10 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 Maryland and Syracuse from BCS conferences. And Texas State, UTSA, Buffalo, Bowling Green, ULM, Arkansas State and Troy from the non-BCS ranks.

College Football's Post-Week 10 Bowl Projections for 2013

Bowl Tie-In Date Projection
New Mexico Dec. 21 Pac-12 vs. MWC Colo. State vs. Oregon State
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21 MAC vs. MWC UNLV vs. Ball State
Las Vegas Dec. 21 Pac-12 vs. MWC Boise State vs. USC
New Orleans Dec. 21 Sun Belt vs. CUSA UL Lafayette vs. Tulane
Beef 'O' Brady's Dec. 23 American vs. CUSA Ohio* vs. MTSU
Hawaii Dec. 24 MWC vs. CUSA SJSU vs. Rice
Little Caesars Pizza Dec. 26 MAC vs. Big Ten No. Illinois vs. North Carolina*
Poinsettia Dec. 26 Army vs. MWC SDSU vs. Utah*
Military Dec. 27 CUSA vs. ACC E. Carolina vs. Boston College
Texas Dec. 27 Big 12 vs. Big Ten K-State vs. Iowa
Fight Hunger Dec. 27 BYU vs. Pac-12 BYU vs. Arizona
Pinstripe Dec. 28 American vs. Big 12 Rutgers vs. West Virginia
Belk Dec. 28 American vs. ACC Houston vs. Duke
Russell Athletic Dec. 28 American vs. ACC Louisville vs. Miami
Buffalo Wild Wings Dec. 28 Big 12 vs. Big Ten Texas vs. Nebraska
Armed Forces Dec. 30 MWC vs. Navy Navy vs. Utah State
Music City Dec. 30 ACC vs. SEC Ga. Tech vs. Ole Miss
Alamo Dec. 30 Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Oklahoma State vs. UCLA
Holiday Dec. 30 Pac-12 vs. Big 12 Arizona State vs. Texas Tech
AdvoCare V100 Dec. 31 ACC vs. SEC Pittsburgh vs. Vanderbilt
Sun Dec. 31 Pac-12 vs. ACC Va. Tech vs. Washington
Liberty Dec. 31 SEC vs. CUSA Tennessee vs. Marshall
Chick-fil-A Dec. 31 SEC vs. ACC Clemson vs. Auburn
Gator Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten Georgia vs. Minnesota
Heart of Dallas Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. CUSA North Texas vs. Notre Dame*
Outback Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten Michigan vs. Missouri
Capital One Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten Mich. State vs. S. Carolina
Rose Jan. 1 BCS vs. BCS Ohio State vs. Stanford
Fiesta Jan. 1 BCS vs. BCS Fresno State vs. Baylor
Sugar Jan. 2 BCS vs. BCS Texas A&M vs. UCF
Cotton Jan. 3 SEC vs. Big 12 LSU vs. Oklahoma
Orange Jan. 3 BCS vs. BCS Florida State vs. Wisconsin
BBVA Compass Jan. 4 SEC vs. American Florida vs. Cincinnati
GoDaddy Jan. 5 MAC vs. Sun Belt Toledo vs. Western Kentucky
National Title Jan. 6 BCS vs. BCS Alabama vs. Oregon

* 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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