Rant Sports College Football Bowl Projections: Week 11
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:
National Championship Game- Miami, FL- January 4, 2013
Why?: Both teams control their destiny and have schedules which should easily allow them to win out.
Fiesta Bowl- Glendale, Arizona- January 3, 2013
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
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
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
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.
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!
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