Bowl Projections: Predicting All 35 Matchups – Championship Week Edition

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Predicting All 35 College Bowl Games

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College Football is winding down in 2013. For some teams across the country, the season is already in the books. For others, there's one game left during championship week. But after all the action is in the books one week from now, we'll be set for Bowl season.

Bowl season is something else these days. Historically the 'season' has centered around January 1st and the major bowls and national title game. Nowadays, Bowl season kicks off on December 21st and it runs all the way to January 6th.

Even though the playoff system starts in 2014-15, the Bowl system will still play a vital part in the world of college football. There are very few teams that actually have a shot at winning the national title each year, so winning bowl games is a big deal for a lot of programs. A four-team playoff is certainly nothing to write home about, but it's likely to be expanded in the future. That will still leave around 30 regular bowl games for the rest of the country.

Are there too many Bowls? Yes. Are some of the Bowls devalued because there are too many? Yes. Will the powers that be reduce the number of Bowls? No way. There's too much money to be made with the current system that's in place. It's certainly not a great thing to have 6-6 teams duking it out for a winning record in a bowl game in the third week of December, but it could be worse.

So as the CFB season winds down, it's time to take a look at who's slated to play in each game. Here are updated projections for all 35 games as we get set for championship week:

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New Mexico Bowl - Colorado State vs. Arizona

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The first Bowl of the season could feature an improved Wildcats team taking on a middle of the road MWC team like Colorado State.

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Las Vegas Bowl - Fresno State vs. USC

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@LasVegasBowl

Once unbeaten Fresno State will now face USC in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl - Bowling Green vs. UNLV

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Brian-Losness-USA-TODAY-Sports

A Pac 12 or MWC conference team will likely face Bowling Green in Idaho on December 21st.

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New Orleans Bowl - Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

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@SabanSays

Louisiana-Lafayette ran off eight straight before losing in week 14. Will they rebound in the NO Bowl?

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Beef O' Brady's Bowl - Toledo vs. Ohio

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@esther_maria

This one could go several different directions, but Toledo is very likely to play in St. Petersburg this December.

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Hawaii Bowl - Middle Tennessee vs. Rice

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Rice and Middle Tennessee are the likely winners of a great Holiday trip to Hawaii.

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Little Caesars Pizza Bowl - Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh

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@LCPizzaBowl

Pittsburgh could square off against the MAC in the Pizza Bowl.

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Poinsettia Bowl - Oregon State vs. Boise State

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With Army out of the picture in the Poinsettia Bowl, look for Boise Statet to face Oregon State in a west coast showdown.

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Military Bowl - East Carolina vs. Maryland

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Mitch-Stringer-USA-TODAY-Sports

C-USA will clash with one of the lower-tier ACC teams in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27th.

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Texas Bowl - Minnesota vs. Texas Tech

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The Golden Gophers once seemed destined for New Year's Day. Now, they'll likely be headed to Houston at the end of December to face Texas Tech.

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Pinstripe Bowl - Notre Dame vs. Houston

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Notre Dame will bring most of the fans for this showdown from Yankee Stadium.

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Fight Hunger Bowl - BYU vs. Washington

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@wboor

BYU awaits the Pac 12 No. 6 in this oddly named but good cause Bowl.

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Belk Bowl - North Carolina vs. Cincinnati

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North Carolina vs. Cincinnati

UNC vs. Cincinnati sounds like a basketball matchup, but they will likely be the two participants in this year's Belk Bowl.

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Russell Athletic Bowl - Louisville vs. Miami

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The U could very well take on Teddy Bridgewater and company in the RA Bowl on Dec. 28th.

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BWW Bowl - Nebraska vs. Texas

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Old Big 12 rivals should reunite in Arizona for the BWW Bowl at the end of December.

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Armed Forces Bowl - Navy vs. San Diego State

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Tim-Heitman-USA-TODAY-Sports

Navy and SDSU will likely square off in the Armed Forces Bowl on December 30th.

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Music City Bowl - Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss

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Jim-Brown-USA-TODAY-Sports

ACC and SEC will collide in the Music City Bowl from Nashville.

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Alamo Bowl - Oklahoma vs. Oregon

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The Alamo Bowl is basically set as a big name showdown from the Big 12 and Pac 12.

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Holiday Bowl - Kansas State vs. Arizona State

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The Sun Devils have been rolling as of late and you have to like them in a battle with the Big 12's No. 5.

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Independence Bowl - Boston College vs. Arkansas State

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Jim-Cowsert-USA-TODAY-Sports

SEC No. 10 vs. ACC No. 7 is the technical matchup in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, but we could easily see a team like Arkansas State or Ohio get thrown into the mix.

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Sun Bowl - Virginia Tech vs. UCLA

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Matt-Kartozian-USA-TODAY-Sports

Frank Beamer's team will more than likely face off against Jim Mora's bunch in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve.

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Liberty Bowl - Marshall vs. Vanderbilt

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Spruce-Derden-USA-TODAY-Sports

Here's another one with a lot of different scenarios, but we'll likely see Marshall taking on Vanderbilt.

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Chick-fil-A Bowl - Texas A&M vs. Duke

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USA-TODAY-Sports

A&M is out of the major bowl picture, but for Duke, the Chick-fil-A Bowl would be a major accomplishment.

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Gator Bowl - Michigan vs. Georgia

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Melina-Vastola-USA-TODAY-Sports

The Gator Bowl can have its pick of several different Big Ten and SEC teams for this one, so expect a big name matchup.

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Heart of Dallas Bowl - North Texas vs. Syracuse

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Matthew-Emmons-USA-TODAY-Sports

This one could go several different ways, but the technical matchup is Big Ten No. 7 vs. C-USA. However, count on at least one team from Texas being in the HOD Bowl.

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Captial One Bowl - South Carolina vs. Wisconsin

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Douglas-Jones-USA-TODAY-Sports

There's no way South Carolina is going to a BCS Bowl and the same can be said for Wisconsin.

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Outback Bowl - Iowa vs. Missouri

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Jeff-Griffith-USA-TODAY-Sports

Iowa finished the season strong and if Missouri loses in the SEC title game, they're likely to fall down a couple of Bowl pegs.

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Cotton Bowl - Baylor vs. LSU

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Matthew-Emmons-USA-TODAY-Sports

With Baylor now out of the National Championship picture, they'll likely be headed to their first Cotton Bowl since 1980.

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BBVA Compass Bowl - Rutgers vs. Mississippi State

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Marvin-Gentry-USA-TODAY-Sports

This matchup will feature the SEC No. 8/9 versus the American No. 5 or a member of C-USA.

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GoDaddy.com Bowl - Ball State vs. Western Kentucky

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Crystal-LoGiudice-USA-TODAY-Sports

The Fighting Cardinals are more than likely headed to Mobile, AL for the Danica Patrick Bowl.

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Rose Bowl - Michigan State vs. Stanford

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Kirby-Lee-USA-TODAY-Sports

Win or lose in the B1G title game, MSU seems destined for Pasadena.

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Fiesta Bowl - Northern Illinois vs. Oklahoma State

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Big 12 champions will likely face NIU, who will be making its second straight BCS bowl appearance (barring a collapse in the MAC title game).

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Sugar Bowl - Auburn vs. UCF

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Unless Auburn does some leapfrogging, expect them to face UCF in New Orleans.

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Orange Bowl - Clemson vs. Alabama

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Steve-Mitchell-USA-TODAY-Sports

The Orange Bowl probably benefits the most from Alabama losing in the Iron Bowl.

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BCS National Title Game - Ohio State vs. Florida State

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These two storied programs are currently slated to play for it all in the final BCS title game.

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