Predicting Every College Football Bowl Game
College Football Bowl Predictions
Every season trying to determine which college football teams will play in which bowls becomes increasingly more difficult. This is for a number of reasons not the least of which is the number of conferences which cannot get a proper number of eligible teams. In this latest projection I have something close to 10 teams right now in bowl games that are there because the conference that is to have the matchup doesn’t have enough eligible teams.
And please don’t misunderstand me, I am no bowl guru. I use where teams are ranked right now, where I think they might be ranked at the end of the season, and in some cases who I think would be the most significant matchup in terms of a good fit, or who would bring in the best crowds. It’s hardly a perfect system, but since I only do this once a year, it’s always interesting to see how close I get when the bowl season actually begins.
There are 35 bowl games including the BCS Bowls and the BCS Championship game. That means that 70 Division I, or BCS schools that will be participating in bowl games this year, and that’s a lot, but it really seems like sometimes it’s hard to find enough good teams to fill the spots. In a sport that is supposed to have parity, getting enough 6 win teams, especially in big conferences who are actually allowed to play in bowl games is getting harder and harder.
I will follow this article up with my predictions for the winners of every bowl game once all the teams have been announced. I like to call them my bowl predictions sure to go wrong. Keep an eye out for those.
Let’s take a look at my predictions for the 35 college football bowls and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @nfldraftboard for even more football ramblings.
Sun Bowl-Washington Vs. North Carolina State
The Sun Bowl is played on December 31st in El Paso, Texas.
Alamo Bowl-Oklahoma State Vs. UCLA
The Alamo Bowl is played on December 29th, in San Antonio, Texas.
GoDaddy.com Bowl-Northern Illinois Vs. Arkansas State
The GoDaddy.com Bowl is played on January 6th in Mobile, Alabama.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl-Utah State Vs. Toledo
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is played on December 15th in Boise, Idaho.
Meineke Car Care Bowl-Baylor Vs. Minnesota
The Meineke Car Care Bowl is played on December 28th in Houston, Texas.
Capital One Bowl-Alabama Vs. Michigan
The Capital One Bowl is played on January 1st in Orlando, Florida.
Gator Bowl-Miss. State Vs. Wisconsin
The Gator Bowl is played on January 1st in Jacksonville, Florida.
Music City Bowl-Vanderbilt Vs. La-Monroe
The Music City Bowl is played on December 31st in Nashville, Tennessee.
Chick Fil-A Bowl Clemson Vs. LSU
The Chick-Fil-A Bowl is played on December 31st in Atlanta, Georgia.
Pinstripe Bowl-Syracuse Vs. West Virginia
The Pinstripe Bowl is played on December 29th in New York, New York.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl-Navy Vs. Arizona State
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is played on December 29th in San Francisco, California.
Holiday Bowl-Oregon State Vs. Texas Tech
The Holiday Bowl is played on December 27th in San Diego, California.
Armed Forces Bowl-Air Force Vs. Rice
The Armed Forces Bowl is played on December 29th in Fort Worth, Texas.
Russell Athletic Bowl-Rutgers Vs. Virginia Tech.
The Russell Athletic Bowl is played on December 28th in Orlando, Florida.
BBVA Compass Bowl-Iowa State Vs. Ball State
The BBVA Compass Bowl is played on January 5th in Birmingham, Alabama.
Independence Bowl-Ohio Vs. Middle Tennessee
The Independence Bowl is played on December 28th in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Las Vegas Bowl-Boise State Vs. USC
The Las Vegas Bowl is played on December 22nd in Las Vegas, California.
Belk Bowl-Cincinnati Vs. Duke
The Belk Bowl is played on December 27th in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Hawaii Bowl-Fresno State Vs. East Carolina
The Hawaii Bowl is played on December 24th in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl-TCU Vs. Michigan State
The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is played on December 29th in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cotton Bowl-Texas A&M Vs. Texas
The Cotton Bowl is played on January 4th in Arlington, Texas.
Heart of Dallas Bowl-Purdue Vs. Central Michigan
The Heart of Dallas Bowl is played on January 1st in Dallas, Texas.
Outback Bowl-Northwestern Vs. South Carolina
The Outback Bowl is played on January 1st in Tampa, Florida.
Beef O'Brady's Bowl-UCF Vs. San Jose State
The Beef O'Brady's Bowl is played on December 21st in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Liberty Bowl-Tulsa Vs. Ole Miss.
The Liberty Bowl is played on December 31st in Memphis, Tennessee.
Little Caesars Bowl-Kent State Vs. Georgia Tech
The Little Caesars Bowl is played on December 26th in Detroit, Michigan.
Military-Bowl-SMU Vs. Western Kentucky
The Military Bowl is played on December 27th in Washington DC.
Poinsettia Bowl-BYU Vs. San Diego State
The Poinsettia Bowl is played on December 20th in San Diego, California.
New Orleans Bowl-La. Lafyette Vs. La. Tech
The New Orleans Bowl is played on December 22nd in New Orleans, Louisiana.
New Mexico Bowl-Nevada Vs. Arizona
The New Mexico Bowl is played on December 15th in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sugar Bowl-Kansas State Vs. Florida
The Sugar Bowl is played on January 2nd in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Fiesta Bowl-Oregon Vs. Oklahoma
The Fiesta Bowl is played on January 3rd in Glendale, Arizona.
Orange Bowl-Rutgers Vs. Florida State
The Orange Bowl is played on January 1st in Miami, Florida.
Rose Bowl-Stanford Vs. Nebraska
The Rose Bowl is played on January 1st in Pasadena, California.
BCS Championship Game-Georgia Vs. Notre Dame
The BCS Championship Game is played on January 7th in Miami, Florida.
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