College Football's Post-Week 13 Bowl Projections

Clemson could be headed to the Orange Bowl.

With 13 weeks in the books, college football’s bowl and national title picture is starting to come into focus.

The post-Week 13 BCS standings featured some movement at the top, but the biggest surprise was Northern Illinois jumping Fresno State. The Huskies are in position to return to the BCS, but the Bulldogs could pass Northern Illinois in next week’s standings. Fresno State plays San Jose State, while the Huskies host Western Michigan. The small boost in strength of schedule could help the Bulldogs just enough to pass the Huskies. For now, Fresno State gets the nod over Northern Illinois in our BCS projections. But this is one battle that could change hands a couple of times over the next two weeks.

With Oregon’s loss to Arizona, Stanford is back in the driver’s seat to win the Pac-12 and play in the Rose Bowl. The Cardinal finished their Pac-12 slate with a blowout win over California last Saturday and host Notre Dame this week. The Ducks are still alive for an at-large BCS bowl spot. However, Mark Helfrich’s team needs a lot to go their way in order to play in a BCS bowl.

Outside of Stanford, the other change in our BCS projections is Oklahoma State. After beating Baylor, the Cowboys are projected to win the Big 12 and should play in the Fiesta Bowl against Fresno State or Northern Illinois.

The bowl season doesn’t start until December, but with just two weeks to go in the regular season, it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like.

The post-Week 13 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 13 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 after Saturday's games.

A few teams barely missed the projections this week, including Syracuse, Central Michigan, Texas State, FAU and Ohio.

College Football's Post-Week 13 Bowl Projections for 2013

New MexicoDec. 21Pac-12 vs. MWCColo. State vs. Arizona
Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 21MAC vs. MWCBall State vs. Washington State*
Las VegasDec. 21Pac-12 vs. MWCBoise State vs. USC
New OrleansDec. 21Sun Belt vs. CUSAUL Lafayette vs. Tulane
Beef 'O' Brady'sDec. 23American vs. CUSAToledo* vs. MTSU
HawaiiDec. 24MWC vs. CUSAUNLV vs. Rice
Little Caesars PizzaDec. 26MAC vs. Big TenNo. Illinois vs. Arkansas State*
PoinsettiaDec. 26Army vs. MWCUtah State vs. Buffalo*
MilitaryDec. 27CUSA vs. ACCE. Carolina vs. Boston College
TexasDec. 27Big 12 vs. Big TenTexas Tech vs. Michigan
Fight HungerDec. 27BYU vs. Pac-12BYU vs. Washington
PinstripeDec. 28American vs. Big 12Cincinnati vs. Notre Dame
BelkDec. 28American vs. ACCHouston vs. North Carolina
Russell AthleticDec. 28American vs. ACCLouisville vs. Miami
Buffalo Wild WingsDec. 28Big 12 vs. Big TenTexas vs. Iowa
Armed ForcesDec. 30MWC vs. NavyNavy vs. SDSU
Music CityDec. 30ACC vs. SECGeorgia vs. Pittsburgh
AlamoDec. 30Big 12 vs. Pac-12Oklahoma vs. Oregon
HolidayDec. 30Pac-12 vs. Big 12Arizona State vs. Kansas State
AdvoCare V100Dec. 31ACC vs. SECGeorgia Tech vs. Oregon State*
SunDec. 31Pac-12 vs. ACCUCLA vs. Virginia Tech
LibertyDec. 31SEC vs. CUSAVanderbilt vs. Marshall
Chick-fil-ADec. 31SEC vs. ACCSouth Carolina vs. Duke
GatorJan. 1SEC vs. Big TenOle Miss vs. Minnesota
Heart of DallasJan. 1Big Ten vs. CUSANorth Texas vs. Maryland*
OutbackJan. 1SEC vs. Big TenMissouri vs. Nebraska
Capital OneJan. 1SEC vs. Big TenMichigan State vs. Texas A&M
RoseJan. 1BCS vs. BCSStanford vs. Ohio State
FiestaJan. 1BCS vs. BCSFresno State vs. Oklahoma State
SugarJan. 2BCS vs. BCSAuburn vs. UCF
CottonJan. 3SEC vs. Big 12LSU vs. Baylor
OrangeJan. 3BCS vs. BCSClemson vs. Wisconsin
BBVA CompassJan. 4SEC vs. AmericanTroy* vs. Rutgers
GoDaddyJan. 5MAC vs. Sun BeltBowling Green vs. Western Kentucky
National TitleJan. 6BCS vs. BCSAlabama 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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