August 10, 2011

Rivals.com preseason bowl projections

We're a bit more than three weeks away from the start of the season, but why wait? Part of the fun of college football's preseason - heck, any preseason - is projecting who is going to go where in the postseason.

Thus, in that vein, here's how we see the college football postseason shaking out this season.

A few notes about these bowl projections:
 There again are 35 bowls, though there have been some name changes.
 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.
 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.

2011 BOWL SCHEDULE AND PREDICTIONS
NEW MEXICO
LOCATION: Albuquerque
DATE: Dec. 17
TIME/TV: 2 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Mountain West vs. Pac-12 #7
PROJECTION: Temple * vs. Oregon State
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho
DATE: Dec. 17
TIME/TV: 5:30 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: MAC #3 vs. WAC
PROJECTION: Miami (Ohio) vs. Nevada
NEW ORLEANS
LOCATION: New Orleans
DATE: Dec. 17
TIME/TV: 9 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: C-USA vs. Sun Belt
PROJECTION: Southern Miss vs. Florida International
BEEF 'O'BRADY'S
LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Fla.
DATE: Dec. 20
TIME/TV: 8 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Big East #6 vs. C-USA
PROJECTION: USF vs. East Carolina
POINSETTIA
LOCATION: San Diego
DATE: Dec. 21
TIME/TV: 8 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Mountain West vs. WAC
PROJECTION: Air Force vs. Fresno State
LAS VEGAS
LOCATION: Las Vegas
DATE: Dec. 22
TIME/TV: 8 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Mountain West vs. Pac-12 #5
PROJECTION: TCU vs. Arizona
HAWAII
LOCATION: Honolulu
DATE: Dec. 24
TIME/TV: 8 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: C-USA vs. WAC
PROJECTION: UCF at Hawaii
INDEPENDENCE
LOCATION: Shreveport, La.
DATE: Dec. 26
TIME/TV: 5 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: ACC #7 vs. Mtn. West #3
PROJECTION: North Carolina State vs. San Diego State
LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA
LOCATION: Detroit
DATE: Dec. 27
TIME/TV: 4:30 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Big Ten #8 vs. MAC #1
PROJECTION: Northwestern vs. Northern Illinois
BELK
LOCATION: Charlotte
DATE: Dec. 27
TIME/TV: 8 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: ACC #5 vs. Big East #3
PROJECTION: North Carolina vs. Syracuse
MILITARY
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
DATE: Dec. 28
TIME/TV: 4:30 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: ACC #8 vs. Navy/open
PROJECTION: Boston College vs. Navy
HOLIDAY
LOCATION: San Diego
DATE: Dec. 28
TIME/TV: 8 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Big 12 #5 vs. Pac-12 #3
PROJECTION: Texas Tech vs. Arizona State
CHAMPS SPORTS
LOCATION: Orlando
DATE: Dec. 29
TIME/TV: 5:30 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: ACC #3 vs. Big East #2/ Notre Dame
PROJECTION: Miami vs. Notre Dame
ALAMO
LOCATION: San Antonio
DATE: Dec. 29
TIME/TV: 9 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Big 12 #3 vs. Pac-12 #2
PROJECTION: Texas vs. Stanford
ARMED FORCES
LOCATION: Dallas
DATE: Dec. 30
TIME/TV: Noon/ESPN
MATCHUP: C-USA vs. BYU/open
PROJECTION: Tulsa vs. BYU
PINSTRIPE
LOCATION: New York
DATE: Dec. 30
TIME/TV: 3:20 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Big East #4 vs. Big 12 #7
PROJECTION: Pittsburgh vs. Georgia Tech *
MUSIC CITY
LOCATION: Nashville
DATE: Dec. 30
TIME/TV: 6:40 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: ACC #6 vs. SEC #7
PROJECTION: Maryland vs. Mississippi State
INSIGHT
LOCATION: Tempe, Ariz.
DATE: Dec. 30
TIME/TV: 10 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Big Ten #4/5 vs. Big 12 #4
PROJECTION: Michigan vs. Missouri
TEXAS
LOCATION: Houston
DATE: Dec. 31
TIME/TV: Noon/ESPN
MATCHUP: Big Ten #6 vs. Big 12 #6
PROJECTION: Iowa vs. Baylor
SUN
LOCATION: El Paso, Texas
DATE: Dec. 31
TIME/TV: 2 p.m./CBS
MATCHUP: ACC #4 vs. Pac-12 #4
PROJECTION: Clemson vs. Utah
LIBERTY
LOCATION: Memphis
DATE: Dec. 31
TIME/TV: 3:30 p.m./ABC
MATCHUP: C-USA #1 vs. SEC #8
PROJECTION: SMU vs. Kentucky
KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER
LOCATION: San Francisco
DATE: Dec. 31
TIME/TV: 3:30 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Pac-12 #6 vs. Army/open
PROJECTION: Washington vs. Ohio U.*
CHICK-FIL-A
LOCATION: Atlanta
DATE: Dec. 31
TIME/TV: 7:30 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: ACC #2 vs. SEC #5
PROJECTION: Virginia Tech vs. Auburn
TICKETCITY
LOCATION: Dallas
DATE: Jan. 2
TIME/TV: Noon/ESPNU
MATCHUP: Big Ten #7 vs. C-USA
PROJECTION: Illinois vs. Houston
CAPITAL ONE
LOCATION: Orlando
DATE: Jan. 2
TIME/TV: 1 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Big Ten #2 vs. SEC #2
PROJECTION: Ohio State vs. South Carolina
GATOR
LOCATION: Jacksonville
DATE: Jan. 2
TIME/TV: 1 p.m./ESPN2
MATCHUP: Big Ten #4/5 vs. SEC #6
PROJECTION: Penn State vs. Florida
OUTBACK
LOCATION: Tampa
DATE: Jan. 2
TIME/TV: 1 p.m./ABC
MATCHUP: Big Ten #3 vs. SEC #3
PROJECTION: Michigan State vs. Georgia
COTTON
LOCATION: Arlington, Texas
DATE: Jan. 6
TIME/TV: 8 p.m./Fox
MATCHUP: Big 12 #2 vs. SEC #4
PROJECTION: Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas
BBVA COMPASS
LOCATION: Birmingham, Ala.
DATE: Jan. 7
TIME/TV: 1 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Big East #5 vs. SEC #9
PROJECTION: Louisville vs. Tennessee
GoDADDY.COM
LOCATION: Mobile, Ala.
DATE: Jan. 8
TIME/TV: 9 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: MAC #2 vs. Sun Belt
PROJECTION: Toledo vs. Troy
THE BCS GAMES
ROSE
LOCATION: Pasadena, Calif.
DATE: Jan. 2
TIME/TV: 5 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: BCS vs. BCS
PROJECTION: Oregon vs. Wisconsin
SUGAR
LOCATION: New Orleans
DATE: Jan. 3
TIME/TV: 8:30 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: BCS vs. BCS
PROJECTION: LSU vs. Boise State
ORANGE
LOCATION: Miami
DATE: Jan. 4
TIME/TV: 8 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: BCS vs. BCS
PROJECTION: Florida State vs. West Virginia
FIESTA
LOCATION: Glendale, Ariz.
DATE: Jan. 5
TIME/TV: 8:30 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: BCS vs. BCS
PROJECTION: Nebraska vs. Texas A&M
BCS TITLE GAME
LOCATION: New Orleans
DATE: Jan. 9
TIME/TV: 8:30 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: BCS #1 vs. BCS #2
PROJECTION: Oklahoma vs. Alabama




 

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