December 3, 2010

Rivals.com 2010 bowl projections

A few notes about these bowl projections:

Teams that already have accepted a bid are in boldface type.

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 some 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.

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
Today's projection: TCU vs. Wisconsin
FIESTA
Site: Glendale, Ariz.
Date: Jan. 1, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: BCS vs. BCS
Today's projection: Connecticut vs. Oklahoma
ORANGE
Site: Miami
Date: Jan. 3, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: BCS vs. BCS
Today's projection: Stanford vs. Virginia Tech
SUGAR
Site: New Orleans
Date: Jan. 4, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: BCS vs. BCS
Today's projection: Arkansas vs. Ohio State
BCS TITLE GAME
Site: Glendale, Ariz.
Date: Jan. 10, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2
Today's projection: Oregon vs. Auburn
OTHER BOWL GAMES
NEW MEXICO
Site: Albuquerque
Date: Dec. 18, 2 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Mountain West No. 5 vs. WAC
Today's projection: BYU vs. UTEP
HUMANITARIAN
Site: Boise, Idaho
Date: Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: MAC No. 3 vs. WAC
Today's projection: Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State
NEW ORLEANS
Site: New Orleans
Date: Dec. 18, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: C-USA vs. Sun Belt
Today's projection: Ohio U. 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
Today's projection: Southern Miss vs. Louisville
MAACO LAS VEGAS
Site: Las Vegas
Date: Dec. 22, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Mountain West No. 1 vs. Pac-10 No. 5
Today's projection: Utah vs. Boise State
POINSETTIA
Site: San Diego
Date: Dec. 23, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Navy vs. Mountain West No. 2
Today's projection: Navy vs. San Diego State
HAWAII
Site: Honolulu
Date: Dec. 24, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: WAC vs. Conference USA
Today'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
Today's projection: Florida International* vs. Miami of Ohio
INDEPENDENCE
Georgia Tech Site: Shreveport, La.
Date: Dec. 27, 5 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: ACC No. 7 vs. Mountain West No. 3
Today'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
Today'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
Today's projection: Iowa vs. Nebraska
MILITARY
Site: Washington, D.C.
Date: Dec. 29, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: ACC No. 8 vs. C-USA
Today'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
Today'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
Today's projection: Oklahoma State vs. Washington
ARMED FORCES
Site: Dallas, Texas
Date: Dec. 30, noon, ESPN
Matchup: C-USA vs. Mountain West No. 4
Today's projection: Army* at SMU
PINSTRIPE
Site: New York
Date: Dec. 30, 3:15 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Big East No. 4 vs. Big 12 No. 7
Today's projection: Kansas State vs. Syracuse
MUSIC CITY
Site: Nashville
Date: Dec. 30, 6:45 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: ACC No. 6 vs. SEC No. 7
Today's projection: North Carolina vs. Mississippi State
HOLIDAY
Site: San Diego
Date: Dec. 30, 10 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Big 12 No. 5 vs. Pac-10 No. 3
Today's projection: Missouri vs. Arizona
MEINEKE
Site: Charlotte
Date: Dec. 31, noon, ESPN
Matchup: ACC No. 5 vs. Big East No. 3
Today's projection: Clemson vs. USF
SUN
Site: El Paso, Texas
Date: Dec. 31, 2 p.m., CBS
Matchup: ACC No. 4 vs. Pac-10 No. 4
Today's projection: Miami vs. Notre Dame *
LIBERTY
Site: Memphis
Date: Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: C-USA No. 1 vs. SEC No. 8
Today'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
Today's projection: Florida State vs. South Carolina
TICKETCITY
Site: Dallas
Date: Jan. 1, noon, ESPNU
Matchup: Big Ten No. 7 vs. Big 12 No. 8
Today's projection: Northwestern vs. Texas Tech
OUTBACK
Site: Tampa
Date: Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ABC
Matchup: Big Ten No. 3 vs. SEC No. 3/4
Today's projection: Penn State vs. Florida
CAPITAL ONE
Site: Orlando
Date: Jan. 1, 1 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Big Ten No. 2 vs. SEC No. 2
Today'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
Today's projection: Michigan vs. Tennessee
GODADDY.COM
Site: Mobile, Ala.
Date: Jan. 6, 8 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: MAC No. 2 vs. Sun Belt
Today's projection: Toledo vs. Middle Tennessee
COTTON
Site: Irving, Texas
Date: Jan. 7, 8 p.m., Fox
Matchup: Big 12 No. 2 vs. SEC No. 3/4
Today's projection: Texas A&M vs. LSU
BBVA COMPASS
Site: Birmingham, Ala.
Date: Jan. 8, noon, ESPN
Matchup: Big East No. 5 vs. SEC No. 9
Today's projection: Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky
KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER
Nevada Site: San Francisco
Date: Jan. 9, 9 p.m., ESPN
Matchup: Pac-10 No. 6 vs. WAC
Today's projection: Boston College* vs. Nevada




 

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