College Football's Post-Week 9 Bowl Projections

Minnesota is back in the bowl projections.

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.

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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