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2012-13 Bowl Projections

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As we prepare for the Thanksgiving weekend, let’s take a look at some possible postseason matchups for the 2012-13 bowl season.

I will revisit these projections each week until the end of the regular season as I try to determine where your team may or may not be headed for the holidays. But for now, let’s have some fun and look at some potential matchups in December and January.

Projections subject to change

Key

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

Notes

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

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Stefphon Jefferson
US PRESSWIREStefphon Jefferson and the Wolf Pack could have a date with Arizona in the New Mexico Bowl.

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

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. *Bowling Green (Big East No. 6)

Dec. 22 New Orleans: Arkansas State (Sun Belt No. 1) vs. *Central Michigan (C-USA)

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

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

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

Dec. 27 Military: *Kent State (ACC No. 8) vs. *Middle Tennessee (Army)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 29 Buffalo Wild Wings: West Virginia (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Minnesota (Big Ten No. 4/5)

CONTINUE TO PAGE 2 FOR MORE BOWL PROJECTIONS, INCLUDING THE BCS MATCHUPS

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

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David Cutcliffe
US PRESSWIREDavid Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils could be on their way to El Paso.

Dec. 31 Sun: Virginia Tech (ACC No. 4) vs. USC (Pac-12 No. 4)

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

Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A: N.C. State (ACC No. 2) vs. Florida (SEC No. 5)

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

Jan. 1 Outback: Wisconsin (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: Northwestern (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. *Ball State (SEC No. 8/9)

Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com: Ohio (MAC) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt No. 2)

BCS bowls

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

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

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

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

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

Email dave.miller@nationalfootballpost.com or follow me on Twitter at Miller_Dave

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