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Rant Sports College Football Bowl Projections: Week 11

Derick E. Hingle- US PRESSWIRE

As conference play starts to wind down in college football and the holidays approach, attention turns from the big regular season match-ups to how the bowl games could play out in late December and early January.

With two weeks of the Bowl Championship Series in the books, and remaining conference schedules for the nation’s top teams looking more clear, it makes sense to take a shot at projecting which teams could land in the post-season.

Here are the Rant Sports bowl projections at the end of Week 11 and as we look ahead to Week 12:

BCS GAMES

National Championship Game- Miami, FL- January 4, 2013

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS V.S. OREGON DUCKS

Why?: Both teams control their destiny and have schedules which should easily allow them to win out.

Fiesta Bowl- Glendale, Arizona- January 3, 2013

OKLAHOMA SOONERS V.S. LSU TIGERS

Why?: SEC teams don’t typically travel to Arizona for this one, but with K-State playing for the National Championship, an LSU matchup with Oklahoma would be TV gold.

Sugar Bowl- New Orleans, Louisiana- January 2, 2013

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE V.S. CLEMSON TIGERS

Why?: This one’s a natural match-up against two possible future conference foes– assuming Clemson is eventually lured into the SEC– and would welcome two of the South’s most passionate fan bases to the Big Easy pre and post New Year’s for the festivities.

Orange Bowl- Miami, Florida- January 1, 2013

FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES V.S. RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS

Why?: This one always pairs the ACC champs and an at large, and these two are the best teams in their respectively weak conferences. With Louisville’s thrashing by Syracuse, Rutgers looks like the best Big East at-large available.

Rose Bowl- Pasadena, California- January 1, 2013

NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS V.S. NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

Why?: Nebraska will slide by the Wisconsin Badgers as the Big 10 champion and with no PAC-12 team left available, the Rose will jump at the opportunity to get Notre Dame back to Cali.

Second-Tier Bowls

GoDaddy.com– MIDDLE TENNESSEE V.S. NORTHERN ILLINOIS

BBVA Compass– OLE MISS V.S. LOUISIANA-MONROE

Cotton– TEXAS V.S. TEXAS A&M

Heart of Dallas– PURDUE V.S. BAYLOR

Outback– WISCONSIN V.S. SOUTH CAROLINA

Gator– MICHIGAN STATE V.S. MISSISSIPPI STATE

Capital One– MICHIGAN V.S. GEORGIA

Sun– MIAMI V.S. UCLA

Music City– DUKE V.S. VANDERBILT

Liberty– TULSA V.S. MISSOURI

Chick-fil-A– NC STATE V.S. FLORIDA

Pinstripe– WEST VIRGINIA V.S. SYRACUSE

Kraft Fight Hunger– OREGON STATE V.S. NAVY

Buffalo Wild  Wings– OKLAHOMA STATE V.S. NORTHWESTERN

Armed Forces– AIR FORCE V.S. EAST CAROLINA

Alamo– USC V.S. TEXAS TECH

Russell Athletic– LOUISVILLE V.S. GEORGIA TECH

Meineke Car Care– IOWA STATE V.S. MINNESOTA

Independence– UTAH V.S. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

Military– ARIZONA STATE V.S. UTAH STATE

Holiday– OREGON STATE V.S. TCU

Belk– CINCINNATI V.S. VIRGINIA TECH

Little Caesars– SAN JOSE STATE V.S. KENT STATE

Hawaii– NEVADA V.S. EAST CAROLINA

New Orleans– SMU V.S. ARKANSAS STATE

Las Vegas– BOISE STATE V.S. WASHINGTON

Beef O’ Brady’s– TULSA V.S. MIAMI (OH)

Poinsettia– SAN DIEGO STATE V.S. BYU

New Mexico– ARIZONA V.S. FRESNO STATE

Idaho Potato–  LOUISIANA TECH V.S. OHIO

Obviously, these projections assume certain teams win out or win two of their last three games to become bowl-eligible, but they make the most sense to us based on conference affiliation, geography, school reputation and fan reputation.

Check back here next Monday to see what effect– if any– this weekend’s games have on our projections!

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

Kris is the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.