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College Football's Post-Week 12 Bowl Projections

Connor Halliday

Connor Halliday

With 12 weeks in the books, college football’s bowl and national title picture is starting to come into focus.

Alabama and Florida State are headed for an intriguing national championship in Pasadena - provided both teams finish the season without a loss. The Crimson Tide still has to play Auburn, while the Seminoles’ toughest game is a desperate Florida team in the Swamp or the ACC Championship.

With Stanford’s loss to USC, Oregon jumps back to projected Pac-12 champion. The Ducks are projected to play Ohio State, while Wisconsin earns a second spot for the Big Ten in our BCS picks.

Washington State’s upset win over Arizona means the Cougars are just one win away from bowl eligibility. If Mike Leach’s team can knock off Utah this week, Washington State should find a home as an at-large selection. The Pac-12 will likely have more teams bowl eligible than available spots. However, with an opening in the Poinsettia and potentially the Hawaii Bowl, the Pac-12 should be able to find spots for its bowl-eligible teams.

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The bowl season doesn’t start until December, but with less than 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 12 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 12 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 Syracuse and Utah from BCS conferences. And Texas State, Arkansas State, Ohio, FAU, ULM and Troy from the non-BCS ranks.

College Football's Post-Week 12 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. Bowling Green

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

Toledo* vs. MTSU

Hawaii

Dec. 24

MWC vs. CUSA

SJSU vs. Rice

Little Caesars Pizza

Dec. 26

MAC vs. Big Ten

No. Illinois vs. Maryland*

Poinsettia

Dec. 26

Army vs. MWC

Utah State vs. Buffalo*

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. Washington

Pinstripe

Dec. 28

American vs. Big 12

Cincinnati vs. Notre Dame

Belk

Dec. 28

American vs. ACC

Houston vs. North Carolina

Russell Athletic

Dec. 28

American vs. ACC

Louisville vs. Miami

Buffalo Wild Wings

Dec. 28

Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Texas vs. Michigan

Armed Forces

Dec. 30

MWC vs. Navy

Navy vs. SDSU

Music City

Dec. 30

ACC vs. SEC

Georgia vs. Pittsburgh

Alamo

Dec. 30

Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Oklahoma vs. Stanford

Holiday

Dec. 30

Pac-12 vs. Big 12

Arizona State vs. Texas Tech

AdvoCare V100

Dec. 31

ACC vs. SEC

Georgia Tech vs. Arizona*

Sun

Dec. 31

Pac-12 vs. ACC

UCLA vs. Virginia Tech

Liberty

Dec. 31

SEC vs. CUSA

Tennessee vs. Marshall

Chick-fil-A

Dec. 31

SEC vs. ACC

South Carolina vs. Duke

Gator

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

Ole Miss vs. Minnesota

Heart of Dallas

Jan. 1

Big Ten vs. CUSA

North Texas vs. Washington State*

Outback

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

Missouri vs. Nebraska

Capital One

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

Michigan State vs. Texas A&M

Rose

Jan. 1

BCS vs. BCS

Ohio State vs. Oregon

Fiesta

Jan. 1

BCS vs. BCS

Fresno State vs. Baylor

Sugar

Jan. 2

BCS vs. BCS

Auburn vs. UCF

Cotton

Jan. 3

SEC vs. Big 12

LSU vs. Oklahoma State

Orange

Jan. 3

BCS vs. BCS

Clemson vs. Wisconsin

BBVA Compass

Jan. 4

SEC vs. American

Vanderbilt vs. Rutgers

GoDaddy

Jan. 5

MAC vs. Sun Belt

Ball State vs. Western Kentucky

National Title

Jan. 6

BCS vs. BCS

Alabama vs. Florida State

* 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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