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

Bowl Tie-In Date Projection
New Mexico Dec. 21 Pac-12 vs. MWC Colo. State vs. Arizona
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21 MAC vs. MWC Ball State vs. Washington 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 Toledo* vs. MTSU
Hawaii Dec. 24 MWC vs. CUSA UNLV vs. Rice
Little Caesars Pizza Dec. 26 MAC vs. Big Ten No. Illinois vs. Arkansas State*
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 Texas Tech vs. Michigan
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. Iowa
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. Oregon
Holiday Dec. 30 Pac-12 vs. Big 12 Arizona State vs. Kansas State
AdvoCare V100 Dec. 31 ACC vs. SEC Georgia Tech vs. Oregon State*
Sun Dec. 31 Pac-12 vs. ACC UCLA vs. Virginia Tech
Liberty Dec. 31 SEC vs. CUSA Vanderbilt 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. Maryland*
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 Stanford vs. Ohio State
Fiesta Jan. 1 BCS vs. BCS Fresno State vs. Oklahoma State
Sugar Jan. 2 BCS vs. BCS Auburn vs. UCF
Cotton Jan. 3 SEC vs. Big 12 LSU vs. Baylor
Orange Jan. 3 BCS vs. BCS Clemson vs. Wisconsin
BBVA Compass Jan. 4 SEC vs. American Troy* vs. Rutgers
GoDaddy Jan. 5 MAC vs. Sun Belt Bowling Green 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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