With the college football season now less than 48 hours away, its time to take a final stab at some projections. Here, we’ll go after the most daunting and impossible of all, projecting the bowl games that are more than three months away.
Trying to predict all 35 bowl games is always going to be as successful as trying to win the lottery, but everyone’s looking for projections this time of the year.
So after trying to project the preseason Heisman favorites, conference favorites and a preseason top 25, here’s our final preseason attempt at projecting all 35 bowl games starting with the BCS Bowls.
After the end of each week’s play, we’ll continue our projections by projecting the BCS bowls each week, and then projecting the non-BCS bowls again midway through the season.
These picks coincide with our conference profile section and the basic understanding of how each bowl game wants to select its teams. However, bowls don’t select by finishing order, just how they want to fill their bowls up, so it is a VERY dicey proposition to try to project what the bowls want for their matchups.
Each projected participant is listed with their conference affiliation and the selection order from that conference the bowl retains.
Projected 2011 BCS Bowls
BCS National Championship Game: Alabama Crimson Tide (BCS No. 1) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (BCS No. 2)
Rose Bowl: Boise State Broncos (Automatic at-large selection) vs. Oregon State Beavers (Pac-10 Champion)
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners (Big 12 Champion) vs. Connecticut Huskies (Big East Champion)
Orange Bowl: Iowa Hawkeyes (At-large selections) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (ACC Champion)
Sugar Bowl: Texas Longhorns (At-large selection) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (At-large selection)
Projected 2010-11 Non-BCS Bowls
December 18: New Mexico Bowl: Idaho Vandals (WAC No. 4) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (MWC No. 4)
December 18: uDrove Humanitarian Bowl: Fresno State Bulldogs (WAC No. 3) vs. Ohio Bobcats (MAC No. 3)
December 18: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (Sun Belt Champ) vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles (No. 5)
December 21: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl: Tulsa Golden Hurricane (C-USA No. 4) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big East No. 5)
December 22: MAACO Las Vegas Bowl: TCU Horned Frogs (MWC Champ) vs. California Bears (Pac-10 No. 5)
December 23: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Navy Midshipmen (Independent) vs. Utah Utes (MWC No. 2)
December 24: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii Warriors (WAC) vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs (C-USA No. 1)
December 26: Little Caesars Bowl: Northern Illinois Wolfpack (MAC Champ) vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves (Sun Belt No. 3)
December 27: AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: BYU Cougars (MWC No. 3) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (ACC No. 7)
December 28: Champs Sports Bowl: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Independent) vs. Florida State Seminoles (ACC No. 3)
December 28: Insight Bowl: Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big 12 No. 5) vs. Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten No. 6)
December 29: EagleBank Bowl: East Carolina Pirates (C-USA No. 6) vs. Duke Blue Devils (ACC No. 8 )
December 29: Texas Bowl: Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 7) vs. Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten No. 7)
December 29: Valero Alamo Bowl: Oregon Ducks (Pac-10 No. 2) vs. Missouri Tigers (Big 12 No. 4)
December 30: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force Falcons (MWC No. 5) vs. Central Florida (C-USA No. 2)
December 30: New Era Pinstripe Bowl: West Virginia Mountaineers (Big East No. 3) vs. Texas A&M Aggies (Big 12 No. 8 )
December 30: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Ole Miss Rebels (SEC No. 7) vs. Clemson Tigers (ACC No. 6)
December 30: Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Washington Huskies (Pac-10 No. 3) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (Big 12 No. 6)
December 31: Meineke Car Care Bowl: Pittsburgh Panthers (Big East No. 2) vs. Boston College Eagles (ACC No. 5)
December 31: Hyundai Sun Bowl: Stanford Cardinal (Pac-10 No. 4) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (ACC No. 4)
December 31: Autozone Liberty Bowl: Houston Cougars (C-USA No. 3) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (SEC No. 8 )
December 31: Chick-fil-A Bowl: LSU Tigers (SEC No. 6) vs. Miami Hurricanes (ACC No. 2)
January 1: Dallas Football Classic Bowl : Baylor Bears (Big 12 No. 9) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten No. 9)
January 1: Outback Bowl: South Carolina Gamecocks (SEC No. 5) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten No. 4)
January 1: Capital One Bowl: Florida Gators (SEC No. 3) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten No. 3)
January 1: Gator Bowl: Arkansas Razorbacks (SEC No. 7) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten No. 5)
January 6: GMAC Bowl: Troy Trojans (Sun Belt No. 2) vs. Temple Owls (MAC No. 2)
January 7: AT&T Cotton Bowl: Auburn Tigers (SEC No. 4) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big 12 No. 3)
January 8: Birmingham Bowl (Big East vs. SEC): Cincinnati Bearcats (Big East No. 4) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (SEC No. 9)
January 9: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Nevada Wolfpack (WAC No. 2) vs. Arizona Wildcats (Pac-10 No. 6)