November 10, 2010

Week 11: Rivals.com 2010 bowl projections

A few notes about these bowl projections:

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.

Along those lines, in some instances we have moved teams around in the pecking order so they won't return to a bowl they played in last season.

Under terms of the most recent BCS agreement, the first time the Rose Bowl loses a team to the national championship game and a team from outside the Big Six conferences is an automatic qualifier, that team will play in the Rose Bowl.

An asterisk denotes a team that will be in the bowl because a league will not be able to fulfill its obligation. 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 it 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.

One thing to remember about "fill-in" teams: A team that finishes 7-5 has priority over a 6-6 team when it comes to filling those types of vacant bowl slots. That's why there are a number of MAC teams that bear watching in the next few weeks, among them Miami of Ohio, Ohio University, Western Michigan and Toledo. The same goes for a few teams in the Sun Belt, most notably Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, FIU and Middle Tennessee.

Some bowl names have changed this season: The St. Petersburg Bowl now is the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, the Papajohns.com Bowl now is known as the BBVA Compass Bowl, the EagleBank Bowl is the Military Bowl, the Emerald Bowl now is called the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and the GMAC Bowl became the GoDaddy.com Bowl. The TicketCity and Pinstripe bowls are new.

BCS MATCHUPS
ROSE
Site: Pasadena, Calif.
Date: Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: BCS vs. BCS
This week's projection: Stanford vs. Wisconsin
FIESTA
Site: Glendale, Ariz.
Date: Jan. 1, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: BCS vs. BCS
This week's projection: Nebraska vs. Pittsburgh
ORANGE
Site: Miami
Date: Jan. 3, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: BCS vs. BCS
This week's projection: Virginia Tech vs. Ohio State
SUGAR
Site: New Orleans
Date: Jan. 4, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: BCS vs. BCS
This week's projection: Auburn vs. Boise State
BCS TITLE GAME
Site: Glendale, Ariz.
Date: Jan. 10, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2
This week's projection: Oregon vs. TCU
OTHER BOWL GAMES
NEW MEXICO
Site: Albuquerque
Date: Dec. 18, 2 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Mountain West No. 5 vs. WAC
This week's projection: Iowa State* vs. Toledo*
HUMANITARIAN
Site: Boise, Idaho
Date: Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: MAC No. 3 vs. WAC
This week's projection: Ohio U. vs. Nevada
NEW ORLEANS
Site: New Orleans
Date: Dec. 18, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: C-USA vs. Sun Belt
This week's projection: Houston vs. Troy
BEEF 'O'BRADY'S
Site: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Date: Dec. 21, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: C-USA vs. Big East No. 6
This week's projection: Southern Miss vs. Connecticut
MAACO LAS VEGAS
Site: Las Vegas
Date: Dec. 22, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Mountain West No. 1 vs. Pac-10 No. 5
This week's projection: Utah vs. Army*
POINSETTIA
Site: San Diego
Date: Dec. 23, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Navy vs. Mountain West No. 2
This week's projection: Navy vs. San Diego State
HAWAII
Site: Honolulu
Date: Dec. 24, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: WAC vs. Conference USA
This week's projection: Hawaii vs. Tulsa
LITTLE CAESARS
Site: Detroit
Date: Dec. 26, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Big Ten No. 8 vs. MAC No. 1
This week's projection: Louisiana-Monroe* vs. Northern Illinois
INDEPENDENCE
Site: Shreveport, La.
Date: Dec. 27, 5 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: ACC No. 7 vs. Mountain West No. 3
This week's projection: Georgia Tech vs. Air Force
CHAMPS SPORTS
Site: Orlando
Date: Dec. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Matchup: ACC No. 3 vs. Big East No. 2/Notre Dame
This week's projection: N.C. State vs. West Virginia
INSIGHT
Site: Tempe, Ariz.
Date: Dec. 28, 10 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Big Ten No. 4/5 vs. Big 12 No. 4
This week's projection: Michigan vs. Missouri
MILITARY
Site: Washington, D.C.
Date: Dec. 29, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: ACC No. 8 vs. C-USA
This week's projection: Maryland vs. East Carolina
TEXAS
Site: Houston
Date: Dec. 29, 6 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Big Ten No. 6 vs. Big 12 No. 6
This week's projection: Illinois vs. Baylor
ALAMO
Site: San Antonio
Date: Dec. 29, 9:15 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Big 12 No. 3 vs. Pac-10 No. 2
This week's projection: Oklahoma State vs. Arizona
ARMED FORCES
Site: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: Dec. 30, noon, ESPN
Matchup: C-USA vs. Mountain West No. 4
This week's projection: SMU vs. BYU
PINSTRIPE
Site: New York
Date: Dec. 30, 3:15 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Big East No. 4 vs. Big 12 No. 7
This week's projection: Syracuse vs. Texas A&M
MUSIC CITY
Site: Nashville
Date: Dec. 30, 6:45 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: ACC No. 6 vs. SEC No. 7
This week's projection: North Carolina vs. South Carolina
HOLIDAY
Site: San Diego
Date: Dec. 30, 10 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Big 12 No. 5 vs. Pac-10 No. 3
This week's projection: Kansas State vs. Oregon State
MEINEKE
Site: Charlotte
Date: Dec. 31, noon, ESPN
Matchup: ACC No. 5 vs. Big East No. 3
This week's projection: Clemson vs. Louisville
SUN
Site: El Paso, Texas
Date: Dec. 31, 2 p.m., CBS
Matchup: ACC No. 4 vs. Pac-10 No. 4
This week's projection: Miami vs. California
LIBERTY
Site: Memphis
Date: Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: C-USA No. 1 vs. SEC No. 8
This week's projection: UCF vs. Georgia
CHICK-FIL-A
Site: Atlanta
Date: Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: ACC No. 2 vs. SEC No. 5
This week's projection: Florida State vs. Mississippi State
TICKETCITY
Site: Dallas
Date: Jan. 1, noon, ESPNU
Matchup: Big Ten No. 7 vs. Big 12 No. 8
This week's projection: Northwestern vs. Texas Tech
OUTBACK
Site: Tampa Site: Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ABC
Matchup: Big Ten No. 3 vs. SEC No. 3/4
This week's projection: Iowa vs. Arkansas
CAPITAL ONE
Site: Orlando
Date: Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Big Ten No. 2 vs. SEC No. 2
This week's projection: Michigan State vs. Alabama
GATOR
Site: Jacksonville
Date: Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m., ESPN2
Matchup: Big Ten No. 4/5 vs. SEC No. 6
This week's projection: Penn State vs. Florida
Go.DADDY.COM
Site: Mobile, Ala.
Date: Jan. 6, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: MAC No. 2 vs. Sun Belt
This week's projection: Temple vs. Arkansas State
COTTON
Site: Irving, Texas
Date: Jan. 7, 8 p.m., Fox
Matchup: Big 12 No. 2 vs. SEC No. 3/4
This week's projection: Oklahoma vs. LSU
BBVA COMPASS
Site: Birmingham, Ala.
Date: Jan. 8, noon, ESPN
Matchup: Big East No. 5 vs. SEC No. 9
This week's projection: USF vs. Kentucky
KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER
Site: San Francisco
Date: Jan. 9, 9 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Pac-10 No. 6 vs. WAC
This week's projection: Boston College* vs. Fresno State



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