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College Football's Post-Week 4 Bowl Projections for 2013

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Michigan is one of the toughest teams to gauge after four weeks of the college football season. The Wolverines have a good win over Notre Dame but barely beat Akron and Connecticut. Turnovers have been an issue for quarterback Devin Gardner, but the defense is allowing just 311 yards per game. Although Michigan hasn’t looked like a Big Ten title contender the last two weeks, the Wolverines still make the BCS projections after Week 4. Michigan’s schedule is manageable until November, and coach Brady Hoke’s team is still Athlon’s pick to win the Big Ten Legends Division. So while things aren’t particularly well in Ann Arbor, finishing 10-2 or even 11-1 in the regular season isn’t out of the question.

The rest of our BCS projections after Week 4 are similar to the first few weeks, as there have been few changes at the top of the rankings. Alabama-Ohio State is remains Athlon’s pick to play for the national title, while Clemson, Louisville, Oklahoma State and Oregon are projected to win their conferences.

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 four 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 little data to work with, the post-Week 4 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.

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A few teams barely missed the projections this week, including Boston College, Virginia, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Illinois from BCS conferences. And Ohio, Arkansas State 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 4 Bowl Projections for 2013

Bowl

Tie-In

Date

Projection

New Mexico

Dec. 21

Pac-12 vs. MWC

Oregon State vs. Wyoming

Famous Idaho Potato

Dec. 21

MAC vs. MWC

Ball State vs. Nevada

Las Vegas

Dec. 21

Pac-12 vs. MWC

Arizona vs. Fresno State

New Orleans

Dec. 21

Sun Belt vs. CUSA

UL Lafayette vs. Rice

Beef 'O' Brady's

Dec. 23

American vs. CUSA

Cincinnati vs. MTSU

Hawaii

Dec. 24

MWC vs. CUSA

San Jose State vs. Utah*

Little Caesars Pizza

Dec. 26

MAC vs. Big Ten

Northern Illinois vs. Indiana

Poinsettia

Dec. 26

Army vs. MWC

Wash. State* vs. Boise State

Military

Dec. 27

CUSA vs. ACC

East Carolina vs. Pittsburgh

Texas

Dec. 27

Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Kansas State vs. Iowa

Kraft Fight Hunger

Dec. 27

BYU vs. Pac-12

BYU vs. USC

Pinstripe

Dec. 28

American vs. Big 12

Notre Dame* vs. TCU

Belk

Dec. 28

American vs. ACC

Rutgers vs. North Carolina

Russell Athletic

Dec. 28

American vs. ACC

UCF vs. Georgia Tech

Buffalo Wild Wings

Dec. 28

Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Texas vs. Nebraska

Armed Forces

Dec. 30

MWC vs. Navy

Utah State vs. Navy

Music City

Dec. 30

ACC vs. SEC

Maryland vs. Auburn

Alamo

Dec. 30

Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Oklahoma vs. UCLA

Holiday

Dec. 30

Pac-12 vs. Big 12

Washington vs. Texas Tech

AdvoCare V100

Dec. 31

ACC vs. SEC

NC State vs. Tennessee

Sun

Dec. 31

Pac-12 vs. ACC

Arizona State vs. Va. Tech

Liberty

Dec. 31

SEC vs. CUSA

Missouri vs. Marshall

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

Minnesota vs. Tulsa

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

Stanford vs. Oklahoma State

Sugar

Jan. 2

BCS vs. BCS

Georgia vs. Florida State

Cotton

Jan. 3

SEC vs. Big 12

LSU vs. Baylor

Orange

Jan. 3

BCS vs. BCS

Clemson vs. Louisville

BBVA Compass

Jan. 4

SEC vs. American

Vanderbilt vs. Houston

GoDaddy

Jan. 5

MAC vs. Sun Belt

Bowling Green vs. W. Kentucky

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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