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2012-13 Bowl Projections

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As we prepare for Championship Saturday and the final weekend of the college football regular season, let’s take a look at some possible postseason matchups for the 2012-13 bowl season.

I will revisit these projections after all of Saturday's games as I try to determine where your team may or may not be headed for the holidays. And on Sunday night, all of the matchups for December and January will be revealed.

Projections subject to change


* Replacement team for a conference that does not have enough bowl-eligible teams.


The champions of specific conferences are contractually committed to certain bowls — unless they are No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS standings…

ACC = Orange; Big Ten = Rose; Big 12 = Fiesta; Pac-12 = Rose; SEC = Sugar

If a bowl loses a host team to the title game, then the bowl gets first choice at a replacement team. The rest of the selection order for 2012-13 is: Fiesta, Sugar and Orange.

If BYU is bowl-eligible, it will play in the Poinsettia Bowl.
If Army is bowl-eligible it will play in the Military Bowl.
If Navy is bowl-eligible, it will play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

- Teams in bold have already accepted bowl bids

Non-BCS bowls

Dec. 15 New Mexico: Nevada (MWC No. 4/5) vs. Arizona (Pac-12 No. 7/WAC)

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Dec. 15 Famous Idaho Potato: Utah State (WAC) vs. Toledo (MAC No. 3)

Dec. 20 Poinsettia: San Diego State (MWC No. 2) vs. BYU (BYU)

Dec. 21 Beef ‘O’Brady’s: UCF (C-USA) vs. *Central Michigan (Big East No. 6)

Dec. 22 New Orleans: Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt No. 1) vs. East Carolina (C-USA)

Dec. 22 Maaco: Boise State (MWC No. 1) vs. Washington (Pac-12 No. 5)

Dec. 24 Hawaii: Fresno State (MWC/WAC) vs. SMU (C-USA)

Dec. 26 Little Caesars: Northern Illinois (MAC) vs. *Western Kentucky (Big Ten No. 8)

Dec. 27 Military: *San Jose State (ACC No. 8) vs. *Ohio (Army)

Dec. 27 Belk: Cincinnati (Big East No. 3) vs. Duke (ACC No. 5)

Dec. 27 Holiday: Oregon State (Pac-12 No. 3) vs. Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 5)

Dec. 28 Independence: *Middle Tennessee (SEC No. 10) vs. *Louisiana Tech (ACC No. 7)

Dec. 28 Russell Athletic: Rutgers (Big East No. 2) vs. Virginia Tech (ACC No. 3)

Dec. 28 Meineke Car Care of Texas: Minnesota (Big Ten No. 6) vs. Baylor (Big 12 No. 6)

Dec. 29 Armed Forces: Rice (C-USA) vs. Air Force (MWC)

Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger: Arizona State (Pac-12 No. 6) vs. Navy (Navy)

Dec. 29 Pinstripe: Syracuse (Big East No. 4) vs. West Virginia (Big 12 No. 7)

Dec. 29 Alamo: UCLA (Pac-12 No. 2) vs. TCU (Big 12 No. 3)

Dec. 29 Buffalo Wild Wings: Oklahoma State (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Michigan State (Big Ten No. 4/5)


Dec. 31 Music City: *Ball State (ACC No. 6) vs. Vanderbilt (SEC No. 7)

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Dec. 31 Sun: N.C. State (ACC No. 4) vs. USC (Pac-12 No. 4)

Dec. 31 Liberty: Tulsa (C-USA No. 1) vs. *Bowling Green (SEC No. 8/9 or Big East)

Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A: Clemson (ACC No. 2) vs. LSU (SEC No. 5)

Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas: Purdue (Big Ten No. 7) vs. *Iowa State (C-USA)

Jan. 1 Outback: Northwestern (Big Ten No. 3) vs. South Carolina (SEC)

Jan. 1 Capital One: Georgia (SEC No. 2) vs. Michigan (Big Ten No. 2)

Jan. 1 Gator: Wisconsin (Big Ten No. 4/5) vs. Mississippi State (SEC No. 6)

Jan. 4 Cotton: Texas (Big 12 No. 2) vs. Texas A&M (SEC)

Jan. 5 BBVA Compass: *Louisiana-Monroe (Big East No. 5/C-USA) vs. Ole Miss (SEC No. 8/9)

Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com: Kent State (MAC) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt No. 2)

BCS bowls

Jan. 1 Rose: Nebraska (Big Ten) vs. Stanford (Pac-12)

Jan. 1 Orange: Florida State (ACC) vs. Louisville (at-large)

Jan. 2 Sugar: Florida (SEC) vs. Oklahoma (at-large)

Jan. 3 Fiesta: Kansas State (Big 12) vs. Oregon (at-large)

Jan. 7 BCS national championship (Miami): Notre Dame (BCS No. 1) vs. Alabama (BCS No. 2)

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