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College Football's Post-Week 3 Bowl Projections for 2013

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College football's bowl season is still a few months away, but it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like. With only three weeks of results in the books, it's hard to make long-term projections about teams, especially with several teams still playing overmatched non-conference games. But with conference play right around the corner, we should be able to get a better grasp on what teams will be able to reach the six-win mark.

With very little data to work with, the post-Week 3 bowl projections are a mixture between preseason projections, how things would look if the season ended today, and a small dose of the results so far this year. Expect more changes over the next few weeks, especially as we see how teams perform in conference games.

A few teams barely missed the projections this week, including Boston College, Utah, Virginia, Washington State and Illinois from BCS conferences. And San Diego State, Western Kentucky and Toledo from the non-BCS ranks.

As the season progresses, it will be easier to project which teams will get to the six-win mark or finish below.
College Football's Post-Week 3 Bowl Projections for 2013

Bowl

Date

Tie-In

Projection

New Mexico

Dec. 21

Pac-12 vs. MWC

Oregon State vs. Utah State 

Famous Idaho Potato

Dec. 21

MAC vs. MWC

Wyoming vs. Ohio

Las Vegas

Dec. 21

Pac-12 vs. MWC

Arizona vs. Fresno State

New Orleans

Dec. 21

Sun Belt vs. CUSA

UL Lafayette vs. Tulsa

Beef 'O' Brady's

Dec. 23

American vs. CUSA

MTSU vs. Houston

Hawaii

Dec. 24

MWC vs. CUSA

San Jose State vs. Rice

Little Caesars Pizza

Dec. 26

MAC vs. Big Ten

Northern Illinois vs. Minnesota

Poinsettia

Dec. 26

Army vs. MWC

Boise State vs. Notre Dame* 

Military 

Dec. 27

CUSA vs. ACC

Marshall vs. Maryland

Texas

Dec. 27

Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Indiana vs. TCU

Kraft Fight Hunger

Dec. 27

BYU vs. Pac-12

BYU vs. USC

Pinstripe

Dec. 28

American vs. Big 12

West Virginia vs. Rutgers

Belk

Dec. 28

American vs. ACC

North Carolina vs. UCF

Russell Athletic

Dec. 28

American vs. ACC

Georgia Tech vs. Cincinnati

Buffalo Wild Wings

Dec. 28

Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Nebraska vs. Texas Tech

Armed Forces

Dec. 30

MWC vs. Navy

Nevada vs. Navy

Music City

Dec. 30

ACC vs. SEC

Auburn vs. NC State

Alamo

Dec. 30

Big 12 vs. Pac-12

UCLA vs. Baylor

Holiday

Dec. 30

Pac-12 vs. Big 12

Washington vs. Texas

AdvoCare V100

Dec. 31

ACC vs. SEC

Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh

Sun

Dec. 31

Pac-12 vs. ACC

Arizona State vs. Virginia Tech

Liberty

Dec. 31

SEC vs. CUSA

Arkansas vs. East Carolina

Chick-fil-A

Dec. 31

SEC vs. ACC

Texas A&M vs. Miami

Gator

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

Ole Miss vs. Michigan State

Heart of Dallas

Jan. 1

Big Ten vs. CUSA

Iowa vs. Kansas State*

Outback

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

Florida vs. Northwestern

Capital One

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

South Carolina vs. Wisconsin

Rose

Jan. 1

BCS vs. BCS

Oregon vs. Michigan

Fiesta

Jan. 1

BCS vs. BCS

Oklahoma State vs. Stanford

Sugar

Jan. 2

BCS vs. BCS

Georgia vs. Florida State

Cotton

Jan. 3

SEC vs. Big 12

LSU vs. Oklahoma

Orange

Jan. 3

BCS vs. BCS

Clemson vs. Louisville

BBVA Compass

Jan. 4

SEC vs. American

Vanderbilt vs. ULM*

GoDaddy

Jan. 5

MAC vs. Sun Belt

Bowling Green vs. Arkansas State

National Title

Jan. 6

BCS vs. BCS

Alabama vs. Ohio State

* Indicates we do not expect a conference to fill its tie-ins. An at-large team will be selected for conferences that do not meet their required teams for bowl eligibility. 

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