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College Football's Post-Week 9 Bowl Projections

Jerry Kill

Jerry Kill

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

The second release of the BCS standings saw an expected change, as Oregon passed Florida State for the No. 2 spot. The Ducks have the edge in strength of schedule for the second half of the season, which should help Mark Helfrich’s team hold onto the No. 2 position over the Seminoles – assuming both teams win out.

The SEC’s East Division continues to be a nightmare to sort out. Missouri lost to South Carolina, which puts the Gamecocks back in the mix for the division crown. And the bowl bids for the SEC will be a battle, especially to be the team that replaces Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Texas A&M, Auburn, LSU, Missouri and South Carolina all have a case to be projected for that spot, but a slight edge goes to the Aggies for now.

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With the Big 12 likely short on bowl-eligible teams, a spot should open for Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Fighting Irish do not have a guaranteed bowl spot for 2013, but the Fighting Irish won’t be left out of the postseason.

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

The post-Week 9 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 nine weeks of action. Expect more changes over the next few weeks.

A few teams barely missed the projections this week, including West Virginia, TCU, NC State and Boston College from BCS conferences. And Texas State, Buffalo, Toledo, Western Kentucky 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 9 Bowl Projections for 2013

Bowl

Tie-In

Date

Projection

New Mexico

Dec. 21

Pac-12 vs. MWC

Colorado State vs. USC

Famous Idaho Potato

Dec. 21

MAC vs. MWC

Bowling Green vs. UNLV

Las Vegas

Dec. 21

Pac-12 vs. MWC

Boise State vs. Arizona

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. Rice

Little Caesars Pizza

Dec. 26

MAC vs. Big Ten

No. Illinois vs. N'Western

Poinsettia

Dec. 26

Army vs. MWC

SDSU vs. North Carolina*

Military

Dec. 27

CUSA vs. ACC

Marshall vs. Maryland

Texas

Dec. 27

Big 12 vs. Big Ten

K-State vs. Indiana

Fight Hunger

Dec. 27

BYU vs. Pac-12

BYU vs. Washington

Pinstripe

Dec. 28

American vs. Big 12

Rutgers vs. Notre Dame*

Belk

Dec. 28

American vs. ACC

Houston vs. Duke

Russell Athletic

Dec. 28

American vs. ACC

Louisville vs. Clemson

Buffalo Wild Wings

Dec. 28

Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Okla. State vs. Nebraska

Armed Forces

Dec. 30

MWC vs. Navy

Navy vs. Utah State

Music City

Dec. 30

ACC vs. SEC

Ga. Tech 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. Texas

AdvoCare V100

Dec. 31

ACC vs. SEC

Pittsburgh vs. Vanderbilt

Sun

Dec. 31

Pac-12 vs. ACC

Va. Tech vs. Oregon State

Liberty

Dec. 31

SEC vs. CUSA

Tennessee vs. E. Carolina

Chick-fil-A

Dec. 31

SEC vs. ACC

Miami vs. Auburn

Gator

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

Georgia vs. Iowa

Heart of Dallas

Jan. 1

Big Ten vs. CUSA

North Texas vs. Minnesota

Outback

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

Michigan vs. Missouri

Capital One

Jan. 1

SEC vs. Big Ten

Mich. State vs. S. Carolina

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

Texas A&M vs. UCF

Cotton

Jan. 3

SEC vs. Big 12

LSU vs. Oklahoma

Orange

Jan. 3

BCS vs. BCS

Florida State vs. Wisconsin

BBVA Compass

Jan. 4

SEC vs. American

Florida vs. Cincinnati

GoDaddy

Jan. 5

MAC vs. Sun Belt

Ball State vs. Troy

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.

Bold indicates team has accepted bid to bowl.


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