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College Football's Post-Week 8 Bowl Projections

Derek Carr

Derek Carr

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.

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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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