Here are our bowl projections this week. We update these weekly, as situations obviously change.
A few notes:
A bowl's tie-in with a league doesn't necessarily mean it will get the third-, fourth-, fifth-, etc., place team from the league; rather, it means it gets the third, fourth, fifth, etc., selection from that league.
Notre Dame technically is part of the Big East's bowl lineup.
An asterisk denotes a team that will be in the bowl because a league will not be able to fulfill its obligation. This week, we're saying the ACC, Big Ten and Mountain West fall short of filling their bowl slots. In some situations, other conferences have deals to provide teams if the "original" conference can't fill its spots; in those instances, the fill-in conference first fills its own bowl slots. If the fill-in conference doesn't have enough bowl-eligible teams, the bowl then is allowed to pick an at-large team that is bowl eligible.
NEW MEXICO BOWL
DATE/TIME: Dec. 19/4:30 p.m.
SITE: Albuquerque, N.M.
MATCHUP: Western Athletic vs. Mountain West No. 4
THIS WEEK'S PROJECTION: Fresno State vs. Wyoming
ST. PETERSBURG BOWL
DATE/TIME: Dec. 19/8 p.m.
SITE: St. Petersburg, Fla.
MATCHUP: Big East No. 6 vs. Conference USA
THIS WEEK'S PROJECTION: USF vs. UCF
NEW ORLEANS BOWL
DATE/TIME: Dec. 20/8:30 p.m.
SITE: New Orleans
MATCHUP: Conference USA vs. Sun Belt No. 1
THIS WEEK'S PROJECTION: Southern Miss vs. Troy
LAS VEGAS BOWL
DATE/TIME: Dec. 22/8 p.m.
SITE: Las Vegas
MATCHUP: Mountain West No. 1 vs. Pac-10 No. 4/5
THIS WEEK'S PROJECTION: Utah vs. Arizona
DATE/TIME: Dec. 23/8 p.m.
SITE: San Diego
MATCHUP: Mountain West No. 2 vs. Pac-10 No. 6
THIS WEEK'S PROJECTION: BYU vs. California
DATE/TIME: Dec. 24/8 p.m.
MATCHUP: Conference USA vs. Western Athletic
THIS WEEK'S PROJECTION: SMU vs. Nevada