2013-14 Non-BCS Bowl Schedule

With one year of the BCS remaining, so too remains a last large-format non-BCS bowl schedule, with 30 games and 60 slots open for teams who don’t reach the 10 available BCS positions.

As in years past, if conferences are unable to qualify enough teams as bowl-eligible, bowls can select from other bowl-eligible teams or may have contracts for other conferences to fill certain affiliations. Games begin this season Dec. 21 and run through Jan. 5, 2014; from San Diego to the Bronx, NY and many places in between.

You might notice the new conference affiliation listed, “American.”  That’s the new name of the Big East this season. The American Athletic Conference (AAC or “The American”) inherited the Big East’s slots and BCS bowl affiliation. The other conferences are the same as they ever were.

Date Bowl Team Team
Dec. 21 New Mexico Bowl MWC No. 4 vs. Pac-12 No. 7
Dec. 21 Las Vegas Bowl MWC No. 1 vs. Pac-12 No. 5
Dec. 21 Idaho Potato Bowl MAC No. 3 vs. MWC No. 6
Dec. 21 New Orleans Bowl Sun Belt No. 1 vs. C-USA No. 7
Dec. 23 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl C-USA No. 5 vs. American No. 6
Dec. 24 Hawai’i Bowl MWC No. 5 vs. C-USA No. 2
Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl MAC No. 1 vs. Big Ten No. 8
Dec. 26 Poinsettia Bowl MWC No. 2 vs. Army (if avail.)
Dec. 27 Military Bowl ACC No. 8 vs. C-USA No. 6
Dec. 27 Car Care Bowl of Texas Big 12 No. 6 vs. Big Ten No. 6
Dec. 27 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Pac-12 No. 6 vs. ACC No. 9
Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl American No. 4 vs. Big 12 No. 7
Dec. 28 Belk Bowl ACC No. 5 vs. American No. 3
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic Bowl American No. 2 vs. ACC No. 3
Dec. 28 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Big 12 No. 4 vs. Big Ten No. 4
Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl C-USA No. 3 vs. MWC No. 3
Dec. 30 Music City Bowl ACC No. 6 vs. SEC No. 7
Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl Pac-12 No. 2 vs. Big 12 No. 3
Dec. 30 Holiday Bowl Big 12 No. 5 vs. Pac-12 No. 3
Dec. 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl ACC No. 7 vs. SEC No. 10
Dec. 31 Sun Bowl ACC No. 4 vs. Pac-12 No. 4
Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl C-USA No. 1 vs. SEC No. 8
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl ACC No. 2 vs. SEC No. 5
Jan. 1 Gator Bowl Big Ten No. 5 vs. SEC No. 6
Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl Big Ten No. 7 vs. C-USA No. 4
Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl Big Ten No. 2 vs. SEC No. 2
Jan. 1 Outback Bowl Big Ten No. 3 vs. SEC No. 4
Jan. 3 Cotton Bowl SEC No. 3 vs. Big 12 No. 2
Jan. 4 BBVA Compass Bowl American No. 5 vs. SEC No. 9
Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com Bowl Sun Belt No. 2 vs. MAC No. 2

2012-13 Bowl Season Bowl Selection Order

With bowl selection season upon us — two teams already slotted as of Nov. 12 — it’s high time we look at the selection order for the 2012-13 bowl season.

As in years past, the 35 bowls, five of which are BCS bowls, will select 70 teams for play. Selection order in these bowls is not tied to conference finish, but instead a simple draft. A team which finishes the season in sixth place in a conference could be picked second so long as they are bowl eligible.

Again, Ohio State, Penn State and North Carolina are ineligible for bowl games while Texas State, UT San Antonio, South Alabama and UMass are conditionally eligible if 70 teams are not bowl eligible.

For more information on the BCS selection process, check out the BCS Bowls page.

BCS Automatic Qualifying Conferences

Atlantic Coast Conference

1. Orange Bowl (BCS)
2. Chick-fil-A Bowl
3. Russell Athletic Bowl
4. Sun Bowl
5. Belk Bowl
6. Music City Bowl
7. Independence Bowl
8. Military Bowl
9. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (contingency)

Big 12 Conference

1. Fiesta Bowl (BCS)
2. Cotton Bowl Classic
3. Alamo Bowl
4. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
5. Holiday Bowl
6. Care Care Bowl of Texas
7. Pinstripe Bowl
8. Heart of Dallas

Big East Conference

1. Bowl Championship Series Automatic Bid
2. Russell Athletic Bowl
3. Belk Bowl
4. Pinstripe Bowl
5. BBVA Compass Bowl or Liberty Bowl (the No. 5 Big East team will either play an SEC opponent in the Compass Bowl or the C-USA champion in the Liberty Bowl)
6. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl

Big Ten Conference

1. Rose Bowl (BCS)
2. Capital One Bowl
3. Outback Bowl
4. Gator Bowl
5. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
6. Care Care Bowl of Texas
7. Heart of Dallas Bowl
8. Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Pacific-12 Conference

1. Rose Bowl (BCS)
2. Alamo Bowl
3. Holiday Bowl
4. Sun Bowl
5. Maaco Las Vegas Bowl
6. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
7. New Mexico Bowl

Southeastern Conference

1. Sugar Bowl (BCS)
2. Capital One Bowl
3/4. Outback Bowl (usually SEC East team) and Cotton Bowl Classic (usually SEC West team)
5. Chick-fil-A Bowl
6. Gator Bowl
7/8/9. Liberty Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl, Music City Bowl (alternates)
10. Independence Bowl

Non-Automatic Qualifying Conferences

Conference USA

1. Liberty Bowl
2. Hawai’i Bowl
3. Armed Forces Bowl
4. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
5. Heart of Dallas Bowl (contingency)
6. New Orleans Bowl
7. BBVA Compass Bowl (contingency)

Note: After the Liberty Bowl selects its participant, the remaining bowls work together to fill C-USA slots.

Mid-American Confernece

1. Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl
2. GoDaddy.com Bowl
3. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Note: The MAC will supply an alternate to the Military Bowl for the ACC if it cannot supply enough bowl-eligible teams.

Mountain West Conference

1. Maaco Las Vegas Bowl
2. Poinsettia Bowl
3. Armed Forces Bowl
4. Hawaii Bowl
5. New Mexico Bowl

Sun Belt Conference

1. New Orleans Bowl
2. GoDaddy.com Bowl

Western Athletic Conference

1. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
2. New Mexico Bowl
3. Hawai’i Bowl

2012-2013 Non-BCS Bowl Schedule

Thirty non-BCS bowls are confirmed for the 2012-13 postseason, featuring showdowns between all 11 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences everywhere from New York to New Mexico. With more than three weeks of continuous action, there’s a game for everyone.

A total of 60 teams will aim first to include on this list come bowl season. But for now, all bowls are listed with their conference affiliation, or the order in which that bowl will choose its participants from each conference. Names and affiliations are subject to change and subject to the conference making enough teams bowl-eligible.

If a conference does not feature enough bowl-eligible teams, the bowl may choose other bowl-eligible teams from around the FBS.

Date Bowl Team Team
Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl MWC No. 4 vs. Pac-12 No. 7
Dec. 15 Idaho Potato Bowl WAC No. 1/No. 2 vs. MAC No. 3
Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl MWC No. 2 vs. BYU (if avail.)
Dec. 21 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl C-USA No. 4 vs. Big East No. 6
Dec. 22 New Orleans Bowl Sun Belt No. 1 vs. C-USA No. 6
Dec. 22 MAACO Las Vegas Bowl MWC No. 1 vs. Pac-12 No. 5
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl MWC No. 5 vs. C-USA No. 2
Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Big Ten No. 8 vs. MAC No. 2
Dec. 27 Military Bowl ACC No. 8 vs. Army (if avail.)
Dec. 27 Belk Bowl ACC No. 5 vs. Big East No. 3
Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl Pac-12 No. 3 vs. Big 12 No. 5
Dec. 28 Independence Bowl SEC vs. ACC No. 7
Dec. 28 Russell Athletic Bowl ACC No. 3 vs. Big East No. 2
Dec. 28 Care Care Bowl of Texas Big Ten No. 6 vs. Big 12 No. 6
Dec. 29 Armed Forces Bowl C-USA No. 3 vs. MWC No. 4/No. 5
Dec. 29 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Pac-12 No. 6 vs. Navy (if avail.)
Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl Big East No. 4 vs. Big 12 No. 7
Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl Pac-12 No. 2 vs. Big 12 No. 3
Dec. 29 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Big 12 No. 4 vs. Big Ten No. 4/No. 5
Dec. 31 Music City Bowl ACC No. 6 vs. SEC No. 7
Dec. 31 Sun Bowl ACC No. 4 vs. Pac-12 No. 4
Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl C-USA No. 1 vs. Big East No. 5 or SEC No. 8/No.9
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl ACC No. 2 vs. SEC No. 5
Jan. 1 Ticket City Bowl Big Ten No. 7 vs. C-USA No. 5
Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl Big Ten No. 2 vs. SEC No. 2
Jan. 1 Outback Bowl Big Ten No. 3 vs. SEC No. 3/No. 4
Jan. 1 Gator Bowl Big Ten No. 4/No. 5 vs. SEC No. 6
Jan. 4 Cotton Bowl SEC No. 3/No. 4 vs. Big 12 No. 3
Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl C-USA/Big East No. 5 vs. SEC No. 8/No. 9
Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl Sun Belt No. 2 vs. MAC No. 1

2011-12 Non-BCS Bowl Matchups

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Thirty bowl games in just 22 days feature teams and matchups between schools that might never get the chance to play anytime during the season.

This season, 30 non-BCS bowls will feature teams from across the country. Teams that just missed out on BCS bowls — Kansas State, Boise State, Houston — teams that had surprisingly strong seasons — Baylor, Georgia, Michigan State — and teams that faltered down the stretch — Oklahoma, Penn State, Notre Dame.

All of the games are interesting matchups, so mark your calendars.

Date Bowl Team Team
Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl Wyoming vs. Temple
Dec. 17 Idaho Potato Bowl Utah State vs. Ohio
Dec. 17 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette vs. San Diego State
Dec. 20 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl Marshall vs. Florida International
Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl TCU vs. Louisiana Tech
Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Boise State vs. Arizona State
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl Southern Miss vs. Nevada
Dec. 26 Independence Bowl Missouri vs. North Carolina
Dec. 27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Western Michigan vs. Purdue
Dec. 28 Belk Bowl Louisville vs. NC State
Dec. 28 Military Bowl Toledo vs. Air Force
Dec. 29 Holiday Bowl California vs. Texas
Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl Notre Dame vs. Florida State
Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl Washington vs. Baylor
Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl Tulsa vs. BYU
Dec. 30 Pinstripe Bowl Rutgers vs. Iowa State
Dec. 30 Music City Bowl Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State
Dec. 30 Insight Bowl Oklahoma vs. Iowa
Dec. 31 Car Care Bowl of Texas Northwestern vs. Texas A&M
Dec. 31 Sun Bowl Georgia Tech vs. Utah
Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati
Dec. 31 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl UCLA vs. Illinois
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl Virginia vs. Auburn
Jan. 2 Ticket City Bowl Penn State vs. Houston
Jan. 2 Outback Bowl Georgia vs. Michigan State
Jan. 2 Capital One Bowl Nebraska vs. South Carolina
Jan. 2 Gator Bowl Ohio State vs. Florida
Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl Arkansas vs. Kansas State
Jan. 7 BBVA Compass Bowl Pittsburgh vs. SMU
Jan. 8 GoDaddy.com Bowl Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois

MWC: Mountain West Conference

WAC: Western Athletic Conference

MAC: Mid-Atlantic Conference

C-USA: Conference USA

ACC: Atlantic Coast Conference

SEC: Southeastern Conference

Pac-12: Pacific 12 Conference

2011-12 Bowl Season Bowl Selection Order

Amazingly, bowl selection Sunday is less than a month away, where the five BCS bowls and 30 non-BCS bowls are filled.

The teams the 35 bowls can choose are determined by contracts each games holds with certain conferences, and the selection order in which they are allowed to pick their competitors.

All 11 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences have at least one bowl affiliation. The following is the selection order for each conference from the New Mexico Bowl to the BCS.

Selection order is not necessarily the same as finishing order. For example a bowl that has second pick from the conference is not required to choose the team that finished second in that conference.

Instead they are allowed — unless otherwise agreed upon — to select any bowl-eligible team from the conference with which they have an agreement.

If a conference does not provide enough bowl-eligible teams, the bowl can choose from among the other bowl-eligible teams around the FBS unless otherwise specified.

For more information on the BCS selection process, click HERE.

BCS Automatic Qualifying Conferences

Atlantic Coast Conference

1. Orange Bowl (BCS)
2. Chick-fil-A Bowl
3. Champ Sports Bowl
4. Sun Bowl
5. Belk Bowl
6. Music City Bowl
7. Independence Bowl
8. Military Bowl
9. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (contingency)

Big East Conference

1. Bowl Championship Series Automatic Bid
2. Champ Sports Bowl
3. Belk Bowl
4. Pinstripe Bowl
5. BBVA Compass Bowl or Liberty Bowl (the No. 5 Big East team will either play an SEC opponent in the Compass Bowl or the C-USA champion in the Liberty Bowl)
6. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl

Note: Notre Dame can be chosen as a replacement for any Big East team in any non-BCS bowl.

Big Ten Conference

1. Rose Bowl (BCS)
2. Capital One Bowl
3. Outback Bowl
4. Gator Bowl
5. Insight Bowl
6. Care Care Bowl of Texas
7. Ticket City Bowl
8. Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Big 12 Conference

1. Fiesta Bowl (BCS)
2. Cotton Bowl Classic
3. Alamo Bowl
4. Insight Bowl
5. Holiday Bowl
6. Care Care Bowl of Texas
7. Pinstripe Bowl
8. Ticket City Bowl

Pacific-12 Conference

1. Rose Bowl (BCS)
2. Alamo Bowl
3. Holiday Bowl
4. Sun Bowl
5. Maaco Las Vegas Bowl
6. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
7. New Mexico Bowl

Southeastern Conference

1. Sugar Bowl (BCS)
2. Capital One Bowl
3/4. Outback Bowl and Cotton Bowl Classic (alternates)
5. Chick-fil-A Bowl
6. Gator Bowl
7/8. Liberty Bowl and Music City Bowl (alternates)
9. BBVA Compass Bowl

Non-Automatic Qualifying Conferences

Conference USA

1. Liberty Bowl
2. Hawai’i Bowl
3. Armed Forces Bowl
4. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
5. New Orleans Bowl
6. Military Bowl
7. Ticket City Bowl

Mid-American Confernece

1. Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl
2. GoDaddy.com Bowl
3. Humanitarian Bowl

Note: The MAC will supply an alternate to the Military Bowl for the ACC if it cannot supply enough bowl-eligible teams.

Mountain West Conference

1. Maaco Las Vegas Bowl
2. Poinsettia Bowl
3. Independence Bowl
4. Armed Forces Bowl
5. New Mexico Bowl

Sun Belt Conference

1. New Orleans Bowl
2. GoDaddy.com Bowl

Note: The Sun Belt Conference can supply teams as alternates for the following bowls: St. Petersburg, Independence, PapaJohns.com and Pizza.

Western Athletic Conference

1. Poinsettia Bowl
2. Humanitarian Bowl
3. New Mexico Bowl
4. Hawai’i Bowl
5. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (if needed)

Note: Hawaii is automatically selected for the Hawaii Bowl if bowl-eligible and not selected by the BCS.

 

2011-2012 Non-BCS Bowl Schedule

The 2011-12 non-BCS bowl schedule has been announced, check it out HERE.

Bowl season may be months away, but its never too early to begin thinking about just where your favorite team might end up when bowl season comes around in December.

Once again, 30 bowls have been confirmed for the non-BCS bowl schedule for any of the teams in the FBS who finish with a winning record.

No “new” bowls have been added, but two bowls — the Belk Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas — have changed sponsorship, and therefore, their respective names.

With games spread over more than three weeks and across the country, teams will have the opportunity to prove their strength against teams from other conferences during their winter breaks.

Bowls are listed with their conference ties, the conferences with which they have contracted to invite member schools to play in the bowls.

If a conference is unable to supply enough bowl-eligible teams (.500 record or better), the bowl can choose a non-contracted, bowl-eligible school from another conference.

Date Bowl Conference Tie #1 Conference Tie #2
Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl Pac-12 No. 7 vs. MWC No. 4 or No. 5
Dec. 17 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl WAC No. 1 or No. 2 vs. MAC No. 3
Dec. 17 New Orleans Bowl Sun Belt No. 1 vs. C-USA No. 5
Dec. 20 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl Big East No. 6 vs. C-USA No. 4
Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl MWC No. 2 vs. WAC
Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas MWC No. 1 vs. Pac-12 No. 5
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl C-USA No. 2 vs. Hawaii (if eligible) or WAC No. 3
Dec. 26 Independence Bowl MWC No. 3 vs. ACC No. 7
Dec. 27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl MAC No. 2 vs. Big Ten No. 8
Dec. 28 Belk Bowl Big East No. 3 vs. ACC No. 5
Dec. 28 Military Bowl ACC No. 8 vs. Navy (if eligible) or at-large
Dec. 29 Holiday Bowl Pac-12 No. 3 vs. Big 12 No. 5
Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl Big East No. 2 vs. ACC No. 3
Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl Pac-12 No. 2 vs. Big 12 No. 3
Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl C-USA No. 3 vs. BYU (if eligible) or MWC No. 4 or No. 5
Dec. 30 Pinstripe Bowl Big East No. 4 vs. Big 12 No. 7
Dec. 30 Music City Bowl ACC No. 6 vs. SEC No. 7
Dec. 30 Insight Bowl Big Ten No. 4 vs. Big 12 No. 4
Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Big Ten No. 6 vs. Big 12 No. 6
Dec. 31 Sun Bowl ACC No. 4 vs. Pac-12 No. 4
Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl SEC No. 8 vs. C-USA No. 1
Dec. 31 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Pac-12 vs. Army (if eligible) or at-large
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl ACC No. 2 vs. SEC No. 5
Jan. 2 Ticket City Bowl Big Ten vs. C-USA
Jan. 2 Outback Bowl SEC No. 3 or No. 4 vs. Big Ten No. 3
Jan. 2 Capital One Bowl Big Ten No. 2 vs. SEC No. 2
Jan. 2 Gator Bowl Big Ten No. 4 or No. 5 vs. SEC No. 6
Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl SEC No. 3 or No. 4 vs. Big 12 No. 2
Jan. 7 BBVA Compass Bowl Big East No. 5 vs. SEC No. 8
Jan. 8 GoDaddy.com Bowl Sun Belt vs. MAC No. 1

Finalized 2010-11 Non-BCS Bowl Matchups

The BCS (that schedule HERE) may have the glory, but the heart of the bowl season comes from the 30 non-BCS bowls that comprise a loaded schedule of 60 teams playing in the span of 23 days.

Bowls from Hawaii to Yankee Stadium will span the country throughout bowl season and provide entertainment all through the holiday season.

This year’s slate is highlighted by strong matchups which include:

  • Capital One Bowl: Short-changed Michigan State — loser of the three-way battle for two BCS spots for the Big Ten — against preseason national championship favorite Alabama.
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl: Conference runners-up from both the ACC and SEC title games, as Steve Spurrier and South Carolina take on Florida State.
  • Cotton Bowl: Surprise Big 12 contender Texas A&M will take on perennial SEC power LSU.
  • Insight Bowl: Teams in their respective conference races until the later part of the season will face off in Glendale as Iowa takes on Missouri.
  • MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Utah and Boise State, two of the strongest non-AQ teams this season, face off in an arranged matchup only available because of the lack of eligible Pac-10 teams.

The non-BCS bowl matchups have been finalized and are as follows:

December 18: New Mexico Bowl (BYU vs. UTEP)

December 18: uDrove Humanitarian Bowl (Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State)

December 18: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (Ohio vs. Troy)

December 21: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl (Louisiville vs. Southern Miss)

December 22: MAACO Bowl Las Vegas (Utah vs. Boise State)

December 23: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego State vs. Navy)

December 24: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Tulsa vs. Hawaii)

December 26: Little Caesars Bowl (Florida International vs. Toledo)

December 27: AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (Georgia Tech vs. Air Force)

December 28: Champs Sports Bowl (NC State vs. West Virginia)

December 28: Insight Bowl (Iowa vs. Missouri)

December 29: Military Bowl (Maryland vs. East Carolina)

December 29: Texas Bowl (Illinois vs. Baylor)

December 29: Valero Alamo Bowl (Oklahoma State vs. Arizona)

December 30: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Army vs. SMU)

December 30: New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Kansas State vs. Syracuse)

December 30: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (North Carolina vs. Tennessee)

December 30: Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (Nebraska vs. Washington)

December 31: Meineke Car Care Bowl (Clemson vs. USF)

December 31: Hyundai Sun Bowl (Miami (FL) vs. Notre Dame)

December 31: Autozone Liberty Bowl (UCF vs. Georgia)

December 31: Chick-fil-A Bowl (Florida State vs. South Carolina)

January 1: TicketCity Bowl (Texas Tech vs. Northwestern)

January 1: Outback Bowl (Penn State vs. Florida)

January 1: Capital One Bowl (Michigan State vs. Alabama)

January 1: Gator Bowl (Michigan vs. Mississippi State)

January 6: GoDaddy.com Bowl (Miami (OH) vs. Middle Tennessee State)

January 7: AT&T Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M vs. LSU)

January 8: BBVA Compass Bowl (Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky)

January 9: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (Boston College vs. Nevada)

Midseason 2010-11 BCS and Non-BCS Bowl Projections

[Editor’s note: This projection is from October 19th, 2010. To see more recent projections, scroll to the bottom of the post for weekly updates to the projected BCS bowls.]

Trying to predict all 35 bowl matchups, even with seven weeks of games to look at is still a pretty difficult proposition.

With all of the upsets these past few weeks, as few as none of these projections could be correct, but for now, this is what the bowl season is shaping up to be — an unpredictable and inevitably entertaining few weeks.

Again, bowl selection order is not determined by finish, except for conference champions. Bowls with higher selection orders are free to select any bowl-eligible team from the conference with which they have an agreement.

A variety of factors come into play when selecting bowl teams, including geographic location, ability of a fan base to travel, recency of success, the last time a team played in that bowl and potential rival pairings.

Projected 2011 BCS Bowls

BCS National Championship Game: Oregon Ducks (BCS No. 1) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (BCS No. 2)

Rose Bowl: Boise State Broncos (Automatic at-large selection) vs. Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Champion)

Fiesta Bowl: Texas Longhorns (At-large selection) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (At-large selection)

Orange Bowl: West Virginia Mountaineers (Big East Champion) vs. Florida State Seminoles (ACC Champion)

Sugar Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes (At-large selection) vs. Auburn Tigers (SEC Champion)

Projected 2010-11 Non-BCS Bowls

December 18: New Mexico Bowl: Nevada Wolf Pack (WAC No. 3) vs. BYU Cougars (MWC No. 5)

December 18: uDrove Humanitarian Bowl: Temple Owls (MAC No. 3) vs. Fresno State (WAC No. 4)

December 18: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: UTEP Miners (C-USA No. 6) vs. Troy Trojans (Sun Belt No. 1)

December 21: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl: Cincinnati Bearcats (Big East No. 5) vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (C-USA No. 4)

December 22: MAACO Las Vegas Bowl: Washington Huskies (Pac-10 No. 5) vs. Utah Utes (MWC No. 2)

December 23: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Air Force Falcons (MWC No. 3) vs. Idaho Vandals (WAC No. 5)

December 24: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: East Carolina Pirates (C-USA No. 2) vs. Hawaii Warriors (WAC)

December 26: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Northern Illinois Wolfpack (MAC No. 1) vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (Sun Belt No. 4)

December 27: AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Clemson Tigers (ACC No. 7) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (MWC No. 4)

December 28: Champs Sports Bowl: Miami Hurricanes (ACC No. 3) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Independent)

December 28: Insight Bowl: Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten No. 6) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Big 12 No. 4)

December 29: EagleBank Bowl: Maryland Terrapins (ACC No. 8 ) vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles (C-USA No. 5)

December 29: Texas Bowl: Illinois Fighting Illini (Big Ten No. 7) vs. Baylor Bears (Big 12 No. 7)

December 29: Valero Alamo Bowl: Missouri Tigers (Big 12 No. 5) vs. Stanford Cardinal (Pac-10 No. 2)

December 30: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Houston Cougars (C-USA No. 3) vs. Navy Midshipmen (Independent)

December 30: New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Connecticut Huskies (Big East No. 3) vs. Texas A&M (Big 12 No. 8 )

December 30: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: North Carolina Tar Heels (ACC No. 6) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (SEC No. 8 )

December 30: Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Kansas State Wildcats (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Oregon State Beavers (Pac-10 No. 3)

December 31: Meineke Car Care Bowl: North Carolina State Wolfpack (ACC No. 5) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (Big East No. 2)

December 31: Hyundai Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (ACC No. 4) vs. Arizona Wildcats (Pac-10 No. 4)

December 31: Autozone Liberty Bowl: SMU Mustangs (C-USA No. 1) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (SEC No. 7)

December 31: Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies (ACC No. 2) vs. Florida Gators (SEC No. 5)

January 1: Dallas Football Classic Bowl: Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten No. 8 ) vs. UCF Knights (C-USA)

January 1: Outback Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten No. 4) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (SEC No. 4)

January 1: Capital One Bowl: Iowa Hawkeyes (Big Ten No. 3) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC No. 2)

January 1: Gator Bowl: Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten No. 5) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (SEC No. 6)

January 6: GMAC Bowl: Miami (OH) (MAC No. 2) vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (Sun Belt No. 2)

January 7: AT&T Cotton Bowl: Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big 12 No. 3) vs. LSU Tigers (SEC No. 3)

January 8: Birmingham Bowl: Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big East No. 4) vs. Ole Miss Rebels (SEC No. 9)

January 9: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: UCLA Bruins (Pac-10 No. 6) vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (WAC No. 5)

2010-11 Bowl Season Bowl Selection Order

Each non-BCS bowl has the opportunity to choose competitors for their end of season college football events.

However, the teams they can choose are determined by contracts each bowl holds with certain conferences, and the selection order in which they are allowed to pick their competitors.

All 11 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences have at least one bowl affiliation. The following is the selection order for each conference.

Selection order is not the same as finishing order. For example a bowl that has second pick from the conference is not required to choose the team that finished second in that conference.

Instead they are allowed — unless otherwise agreed upon — to select any bowl-eligible team from the conference with which they have an agreement.

BCS Automatic Qualifying Conferences

Atlantic Coast Conference

1. Orange Bowl (BCS)
2. Chick-fil-A Bowl
3. Champ Sports Bowl
4. Sun Bowl
5. Meineke Car Care Bowl
6. Music City Bowl
7. Independence Bowl
8. Military Bowl
9. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (contingency)

Big East Conference

1. Bowl Championship Series Automatic Bid
2. Champ Sports Bowl
3. Meineke Car Care Bowl
4. Pinstripe Bowl
5. BBVA Compass Bowl
6. Beef ‘O’ Brady St. Petersburg Bowl
7. Liberty Bowl

Note: Notre Dame can be chosen as a replacement for any Big East team in any non-BCS bowl.

Big Ten Conference

1. Rose Bowl (BCS)
2. Capital One Bowl
3. Outback Bowl
4/5. Gator Bowl and Insight Bowl (alternates)
6. Texas Bowl
7. Ticket City Bowl
8. Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Big 12 Conference

1. Fiesta Bowl (BCS)
2. Cotton Bowl Classic
3. Alamo Bowl
4. Insight Bowl
5. Holiday Bowl
6. Texas Bowl
7. Pinstripe Bowl
8. Ticket City Bowl

Pacific-10 Conference

1. Rose Bowl (BCS)
2. Alamo Bowl
3. Holiday Bowl
4. Sun Bowl
5. Maaco Las Vegas Bowl
6. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Southeastern Conference

1. Sugar Bowl (BCS)
2. Capital One Bowl
3/4. Outback Bowl and Cotton Bowl Classic (alternates)
5. Chick-fil-A Bowl
6. Gator Bowl
7/8. Liberty Bowl and Music City Bowl (alternates)
9. BBVA Compass Bowl

Non-Automatic Qualifying Conferences

Conference USA

1. Liberty Bowl
2. St. Petersburg Bowl
3. Armed Forces Bowl
4. Military Bowl
5. New Orleans Bowl
6. Hawaii Bowl
7. Ticket City Bowl (if Big Ten/Big 12 is unable to fill)

Mid-American Confernece

1. Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl
2. GMAC Bowl
3. Humanitarian Bowl

Note: The MAC will supply an alternate to the Birmingham Bowl for the Big East if it cannot supply enough bowl-eligible teams. The MAC can also supply an alternate team for the Dallas Football Classic in 2010.

Mountain West Conference

1. Maaco Las Vegas Bowl
2. Poinsettia Bowl
3. Independence Bowl
4/5. Armed Forces Bowl and New Mexico Bowl (alternates)

Sun Belt Conference

1/2. New Orleans Bowl and  GMAC Bowl (alternates)

Note: The Sun Belt Conference can supply teams as alternates for the following bowls: St. Petersburg, Independence, PapaJohns.com and Pizza.

Western Athletic Conference

1. Humanitarian Bowl
2-5. Hawaii Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Note: Hawaii is automatically selected for the Hawaii Bowl if bowl-eligible and not selected by the BCS. The other four bowls listed at 2-5 will select WAC teams in an availability order.

Final Non-BCS Bowl Scorecard

And who said the non-BCS bowls were boring?

After nearly three weeks of exciting action, the non-BCS bowl season is complete, 29 games in all, each with a story of their own.

It all started with the New Mexico Bowl, which took two overtimes to complete as Wyoming edged Fresno State 35-28. And in a moment of pure symmetry, 18 days late in the final non-BCS bowl game, the GMAC Bowl was another two overtime thriller, as Central Michigan stole the victory away from Troy 44-41.

Here’s a final run down of all of the non-BCS bowls and their final scores. Winners in RED.

December 19: New Mexico Bowl (Wyoming 35 vs. Fresno State 28)

December 19: St. Petersburg Bowl (Rutgers 45 vs. UCF 24)

December 20 New Orleans Bowl (Middle Tennessee State 42 vs. Southern Miss 32)

December 22: Las Vegas Bowl (BYU 44 vs. Oregon State 20)

December 23: Poinsettia Bowl (Utah 37 vs. California 27)

December 24: Hawaii Bowl (SMU 45 vs. Nevada 10)

December 26: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl  (Ohio 17 vs. Marshall 21)

December 26: Car Care Bowl (North Carolina 17 vs. Pittsburgh 19)

December 26: Emerald Bowl (Boston College 13 vs. Southern California 24)

December 27: Music City Bowl (Clemson 21 vs. Kentucky 13)

December 28: Independence Bowl (Texas A&M 20 vs. Georgia 44)

December 29: EagleBank Bowl (UCLA 30 vs. Temple 21)

December 29: Champs Sports Bowl (Miami (FL) 14 vs. Wisconsin 20)

December 30: Humanitarian Bowl (Idaho 43 vs. Bowling Green 42)

December 30: Holiday Bowl (Nebraska 33 vs. Arizona 0)

December 31: Armed Forces Bowl (Air Force 47 vs. Houston 20)

December 31: Sun Bowl (Oklahoma 31 vs. Stanford 27)

December 31: Texas Bowl (Missouri 13 vs. Navy 35)

December 31: Insight Bowl (Minnesota 13 vs. Iowa State 14)

December 31: Chick-fil-A Bowl (Virginia Tech 37 vs. Tennessee 14)

January 1: Outback Bowl (Northwestern 35 vs. Auburn 38)

January 1: Capital One (Penn State 19 vs. LSU 17)

January 1: Gator Bowl (Florida State 33 vs. West Virginia 21)

January 2: International Bowl (South Florida 27 vs. Northern Illinois 3)

January 2: Papajohns.com Bowl (Connecticut 20 vs. South Carolina 7)

January 2: Cotton Bowl (Oklahoma State 7 vs. Ole Miss 21)

January 2: Liberty Bowl (East Carolina 17 vs. Arkansas 20)

January 2: Alamo Bowl (Michigan State 31 vs. Texas Tech 41)

January 6: GMAC Bowl (Central Michigan 44 vs. Troy 41)