by Dave Miller
November 25, 02013
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As we approach Thanksgiving, the path towards the BCS national championship game continues to get more narrow with the final full weekend of the regular season approaching.
With Week 13 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.
* 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.
Mike Leach and the Cougars are headed to the postseason.
Dec. 21 New Mexico (Albuquerque): UNLV (MWC No. 4/5) vs. Washington State (Pac-12 No. 7)
Dec. 21 Las Vegas (Las Vegas): Utah State (MWC No. 1) vs. UCLA (Pac-12 No. 5)
Dec. 21 Famous Idaho Potato (Boise): *Texas State (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. Marshall (C-USA)
Dec. 24 Hawaii (Honolulu): Colorado State (MWC) vs. Middle Tennessee (C-USA)
Dec. 26 Little Caesars (Detroit): *Pittsburgh (Big Ten No. 8) vs. Ball State (MAC)
Dec. 26 Poinsettia (San Diego): San Diego State (MWC No. 2) vs. *Western Kentucky (Army)
Dec. 27 Military (Washington, D.C.): Maryland (ACC No. 8) vs. Rice (C-USA)
Dec. 27 Texas (Houston): Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Michigan (Big Ten No. 6)
Dec. 27 Fight Hunger (San Francisco): Washington (Pac-12 No. 6) vs. BYU (BYU)
Dec. 28 Pinstripe (New York City): *Notre Dame (Big 12 No. 7) vs. Cincinnati (AAC No. 4)
Dec. 28 Belk (Charlotte): North Carolina (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. Iowa (Big Ten No. 4/5)
Dec. 30 Armed Forces (Fort Worth): Boise State (MWC) vs. Navy (Navy)
Dec. 30 Music City (Nashville): Boston College (ACC No. 6) vs. Ole Miss (SEC No. 7)
Dec. 30 Alamo (San Antonio): Oklahoma (Big 12 No. 3) vs. Oregon (Pac-12 No. 2)
Dec. 30 Holiday (San Diego): Kansas State (Big 12 No. 5) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12 No. 3)
Dec. 31 Independence (Shreveport): Georgia Tech (ACC No. 7) vs. *Arizona (SEC No. 10)
Dec. 31 Sun (El Paso): Virginia Tech (ACC No. 4) vs. USC (Pac-12 No. 4)
Dec. 31 Liberty (Memphis): East Carolina (C-USA No. 1) vs. Vanderbilt (AAC/SEC No. 8/9)
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A (Atlanta): Duke (ACC No. 2) vs. Missouri (SEC No. 5)
Jan. 1 Gator (Jacksonville): Minnesota (Big Ten No. 4/5) vs. Georgia (SEC No. 6)
Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas (Dallas): *Oregon State (Big Ten No. 7) vs. North Texas (C-USA)
Johnny Manziel and the Aggies have been knocked out of the BCS mix.
Jan. 1 Capital One (Orlando): Michigan State (Big Ten No. 2) vs. Texas A&M (SEC No. 2)
Jan. 1 Outback (Tampa): Nebraska (Big Ten No. 3) vs. South Carolina (SEC)
Jan. 3 Cotton (Arlington): Baylor (Big 12 No. 2) vs. LSU (SEC)
Jan. 4 BBVA Compass (Birmingham): Rutgers (AAC No. 5/C-USA) vs. *Toledo (SEC No. 8/9)
Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com (Mobile): Northern Illinois (MAC) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt No. 2)
Jan. 1 Rose (Pasadena): Ohio State (Big Ten No. 1) vs. Stanford (Pac-12 No. 1)
Jan. 1 Fiesta (Glendale): Oklahoma State (Big 12 No. 1) vs. Fresno State (BCS)
Jan. 2 Sugar (New Orleans): Auburn (SEC No. 1) vs. Central Florida (AAC No. 1)
Jan. 3 Orange (Miami): Clemson (ACC No. 1) vs. Wisconsin (BCS)
Jan. 6 BCS national championship (Pasadena): Alabama (BCS No. 1) vs. Florida State (BCS No. 2)
Dave Miller, the college football editor and writer for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.