With the start of the college football season just over a week away, there’s no better time to take a look at some hypothetical matchups for the 2012-13 bowl season.
I will revisit these projections throughout the 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 possible matchups next December and January.
Projections subject to change
* Replacement team for a conference that does not have enough bowl-eligible teams.
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.
Dec. 15 New Mexico: Fresno State (MWC No. 4/5) vs. UCLA (Pac-12 No. 7/WAC)
Dec. 15 Famous Idaho Potato: Louisiana Tech (WAC) vs. Western Michigan (MAC No. 3)
Dec. 20 Poinsettia: Nevada (MWC No. 2) vs. BYU (BYU)
Dec. 21 Beef ‘O’Brady’s: East Carolina (C-USA) vs. *Bowling Green (Big East No. 6)
Dec. 22 New Orleans: FIU (Sun Belt No. 1) vs. Houston (C-USA)
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Dec. 22 Maaco: Boise State (MWC No. 1) vs. Washington (Pac-12 No. 5)
Dec. 24 Hawaii: Wyoming (MWC/WAC) vs. Tulsa (C-USA)
Dec. 26 Little Caesars: Ohio (MAC) vs. Northwestern (Big Ten No. 8)
Dec. 27 Military: *Northern Illinois (ACC No. 8) vs. *Notre Dame (Army)
Dec. 27 Belk: Rutgers (Big East No. 3) vs. Virginia (ACC No. 5)
Dec. 27 Holiday: Utah (Pac-12 No. 3) vs. Kansas State (Big 12 No. 5)
Dec. 28 Independence: Vanderbilt (SEC No. 10) vs. *Louisiana-Lafayette (ACC No. 7)
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic: South Florida (Big East No. 2) vs. N.C. State (ACC No. 3)
Dec. 28 Meineke Car Care of Texas: Purdue (Big Ten No. 6) vs. Baylor (Big 12 No. 6)
Dec. 29 Armed Forces: Marshall (C-USA) vs. Colorado State (MWC)
Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger: Washington State (Pac-12 No. 6) vs. Navy (Navy)
Dec. 29 Pinstripe: Pittsburgh (Big East No. 4) vs. Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 7)
Dec. 29 Alamo: Stanford (Pac-12 No. 2) vs. Texas (Big 12 No. 3)
Dec. 29 Buffalo Wild Wings: Oklahoma State (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Iowa (Big Ten No. 4/5)
CONTINUE TO PAGE 2 FOR MORE BOWL PROJECTIONS, INCLUDING THE BCS MATCHUPS
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