College Football's Post-Week 8 Bowl Projections

Fresno State is in the mix for a BCS bowl.

With eight weeks in the books, college football’s bowl picture is starting to clear.

Florida State’s dominating victory over Clemson placed the Seminoles squarely in the national championship mix. Florida State ranks No. 2 in the first release of the BCS standings, but the Seminoles will have to contend with Oregon, who has room to move in the computer polls.

For now, we project the Ducks to pass the Seminoles for the No. 2 spot and play Alabama for the national championship. However, as Week 8 showed us, nothing in college football is guaranteed and another upset or two this year wouldn’t be a surprise.

Even though Clemson was dominated by Florida State, the Tigers are still in good shape to play for a BCS bowl. Coach Dabo Swinney’s team should be favored in its next four games, with the season finale at South Carolina a tossup.

Missouri is projected as the second SEC team in a BCS bowl, but don’t count out South Carolina, LSU or Texas A&M.

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

The post-Week 8 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 eight weeks of action. Expect more changes over the next few weeks.

A few teams barely missed the projections this week, including West Virginia, Minnesota, NC State, Utah and North Carolina from BCS conferences. And Texas State, Buffalo, Toledo and Arkansas State 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 8 Bowl Projections for 2013

Bowl Tie-In Date Projection
New Mexico Dec. 21 Pac-12 vs. MWC Wyoming vs. Arizona
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21 MAC vs. MWC Ball State vs. Colorado State
Las Vegas Dec. 21 Pac-12 vs. MWC Utah State vs. Washington
New Orleans Dec. 21 Sun Belt vs. CUSA UL Lafayette vs. Tulane
Beef 'O' Brady's Dec. 23 American vs. CUSA Ohio* vs. MTSU
Hawaii Dec. 24 MWC vs. CUSA SJSU vs. North Texas
Little Caesars Pizza Dec. 26 MAC vs. Big Ten No. Illinois vs. Indiana
Poinsettia Dec. 26 Army vs. MWC Notre Dame* vs. Boise State
Military Dec. 27 CUSA vs. ACC ECU vs. B. College
Texas Dec. 27 Big 12 vs. Big Ten TCU vs. Iowa
Kraft Fight Hunger Dec. 27 BYU vs. Pac-12 BYU vs. USC
Pinstripe Dec. 28 American vs. Big 12 Rutgers vs. K-State
Belk Dec. 28 American vs. ACC Cincinnati vs. Ga. Tech
Russell Athletic Dec. 28 American vs. ACC Louisville vs. Va. Tech
Buffalo Wild Wings Dec. 28 Big 12 vs. Big Ten Okla. State vs. Michigan
Armed Forces Dec. 30 MWC vs. Navy SDSU vs. Navy
Music City Dec. 30 ACC vs. SEC Duke vs. Ole Miss
Alamo Dec. 30 Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Texas Tech vs. UCLA
Holiday Dec. 30 Pac-12 vs. Big 12 Arizona State vs. Oklahoma
AdvoCare V100 Dec. 31 ACC vs. SEC Maryland vs. Vanderbilt
Sun Dec. 31 Pac-12 vs. ACC Pitt vs. Oregon State
Liberty Dec. 31 SEC vs. CUSA Tennessee vs. Marshall
Chick-fil-A Dec. 31 SEC vs. ACC Miami vs. So. Carolina
Gator Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten Georgia vs. Michigan State
Heart of Dallas Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. CUSA Rice vs. N'Western
Outback Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten Auburn vs. Nebraska
Capital One Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M
Rose Jan. 1 BCS vs. BCS Ohio State vs. Stanford
Fiesta Jan. 1 BCS vs. BCS Fresno State vs. Baylor
Sugar Jan. 2 BCS vs. BCS Missouri vs. Clemson
Cotton Jan. 3 SEC vs. Big 12 LSU vs. Texas
Orange Jan. 3 BCS vs. BCS Florida State vs. UCF
BBVA Compass Jan. 4 SEC vs. American Florida vs. Houston
GoDaddy Jan. 5 MAC vs. Sun Belt BGSU vs. WKU
National Title Jan. 6 BCS vs. BCS Alabama vs. Oregon

* Indicates conference is not expected to fill its alloted bowl slots, leaving an at-large spot available.

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