The first Saturday of November is in the books, and this week offers a trio of games that will have major implications in the race for a spot in the BCS national championship game.
With Week 10 in the rearview mirror, let's take a look at my current bowl projections for the 2013-14 postseason.
As always, of course, these projections are subject to change — especially because these remain very difficult predictions to make.
* Replacement team for a conference that does not have enough bowl-eligible teams.
– After the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the final Bowl Championship Series standings are placed in the national championship game, contracted BCS bowl slots are taken up and replacement picks are made, the selection order for the final BCS is Orange, Sugar and Fiesta. In addition, the highest-ranked champ from a non-AQ conference is guaranteed a BCS berth if it finishes in the Top 12 or in the Top 16 and ahead of an AQ-conference champ in the final BCS standings.
– Teams appearing in bold have already accepted a bid.
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Dec. 21 New Mexico (Albuquerque): San Jose State (MWC No. 4/5) vs. Oregon State (Pac-12 No. 7)
Dec. 21 Las Vegas (Las Vegas): Utah State (MWC No. 1) vs. Arizona (Pac-12 No. 5)
Dec. 21 Famous Idaho Potato (Boise): *Louisiana-Monroe (MWC) vs. Bowling Green (MAC No. 3)
Dec. 21 New Orleans (New Orleans): Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt No. 1) vs. Tulane (C-USA)
Dec. 23 Beef O’Brady’s (St. Petersburg): *Buffalo (AAC No. 6) vs. East Carolina (C-USA)
Dec. 24 Hawaii (Honolulu): Colorado State (MWC) vs. Middle Tennessee (C-USA)
Dec. 26 Little Caesars (Detroit): *Western Kentucky (Big Ten No. 8) vs. Ball State (MAC)
Dec. 26 Poinsettia (San Diego): Boise State (MWC No. 2) vs. *Ohio (Army)
Dec. 27 Military (Washington, D.C.): Maryland (ACC No. 8) vs. North Texas (C-USA)
Dec. 27 Texas (Houston): Kansas State (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Iowa (Big Ten No. 6)
Dec. 27 Fight Hunger (San Francisco): USC (Pac-12 No. 6) vs. BYU (BYU)
Dec. 28 Pinstripe (New York City): West Virginia (Big 12 No. 7) vs. Rutgers (AAC No. 4)
Dec. 28 Belk (Charlotte): Virginia Tech (ACC No. 5) vs. Houston (AAC No. 3)
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Miami, FL (ACC No. 3) vs. Louisville (AAC No. 2)
Dec. 28 Buffalo Wild Wings (Phoenix): Texas (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Nebraska (Big Ten No. 4/5)
Dec. 30 Armed Forces (Fort Worth): UNLV (MWC) vs. Navy (Navy)
Dec. 30 Music City (Nashville): Georgia Tech (ACC No. 6) vs. Ole Miss (SEC No. 7)
Dec. 30 Alamo (San Antonio): Oklahoma (Big 12 No. 3) vs. UCLA (Pac-12 No. 2)
Dec. 30 Holiday (San Diego): Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 5) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12 No. 3)
Dec. 31 Independence (Shreveport): Boston College (ACC No. 7) vs. Vanderbilt (SEC No. 10)
Dec. 31 Sun (El Paso): Duke (ACC No. 4) vs. Washington (Pac-12 No. 4)
Dec. 31 Liberty (Memphis): Marshall (C-USA No. 1) vs. Tennessee (AAC/SEC No. 8/9)
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A (Atlanta): Clemson (ACC No. 2) vs. Auburn (SEC No. 5)
Jan. 1 Gator (Jacksonville): Minnesota (Big Ten No. 4/5) vs. Georgia (SEC No. 6)
Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas (Dallas): *Notre Dame (Big Ten No. 7) vs. Rice (C-USA)
Jan. 1 Capital One (Orlando): Michigan State (Big Ten No. 2) vs. South Carolina (SEC No. 2)
Jan. 1 Outback (Tampa): Michigan (Big Ten No. 3) vs. Texas A&M (SEC)
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Jan. 3 Cotton (Arlington): Oklahoma State (Big 12 No. 2) vs. LSU (SEC)
Jan. 4 BBVA Compass (Birmingham): Cincinnati (AAC No. 5/C-USA) vs. Florida (SEC No. 8/9)
Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com (Mobile): Northern Illinois (MAC) vs. Troy (Sun Belt No. 2)
Jan. 1 Rose (Pasadena): Ohio State (Big Ten No. 1) vs. Stanford (Pac-12 No. 1)
Jan. 1 Fiesta (Glendale): Baylor (Big 12 No. 1) vs. Fresno State (BCS)
Jan. 2 Sugar (New Orleans): Missouri (SEC No. 1) vs. Central Florida (AAC No. 1)
Jan. 3 Orange (Miami): Florida State (ACC No. 1) vs. Wisconsin (BCS)
Jan. 6 BCS national championship (Pasadena): Alabama (BCS No. 1) vs. Oregon (BCS No. 2)
Dave Miller, the college football editor and writer for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.