College Football's Post-Week 12 Bowl Projections

Washington State is back in the bowl projections.

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.

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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