As we conclude the second weekend of November, let’s take a look at some hypothetical BCS matchups for the 2012-13 bowl season.
I will revisit these projections throughout the rest of 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 in January.
Projections subject to change
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.
*With no Pac-12 team being eligible to replace Oregon, the Rose Bowl selects Notre Dame in place of the Ducks.
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<strong>Jan. 1 Rose: Nebraska (Big Ten) vs. *Notre Dame (Pac-12)
Jan. 1 Orange: Florida State (ACC) vs. Louisville (at-large)
Jan. 2 Sugar: Alabama (SEC) vs. Clemson (at-large)
Jan. 3 Fiesta: Oklahoma (Big 12) vs. LSU (at-large)
Jan. 7 BCS national championship (Miami): Oregon (BCS No. 1) vs. Kansas State (BCS No. 2)
There's still a lot of football to be played, but it's certainly fun to envision the matchups that could take place at the end of the year. Texas A&M is the one team I had difficulty leaving out just because the Aggies could be a very attractive at-large option for the Fiesta Bowl. For now, I have LSU in that spot.
One other thing to keep in mind is if Clemson loses to South Carolina, which team will the Sugar Bowl go after to play the SEC champ?
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