November 8, 2011

Rivals.com 2011 bowl projections

Here are our third set of bowl projections for this season.

We wrote two weeks ago about how some of the Big Six conferences might not be able to fill all their allotted bowl slots. But victories by teams such as North Carolina State, UCLA and Northwestern this past weekend should help ease the minds of some bowl officials, who were looking at having to fill those leagues' unfilled slots with teams from Mid-American and Sun Belt conferences.

Still, also-rans in the Mid-American and Sun Belt conferences should take heart: While there are just five contracted slots total between the two leagues, the conferences could send as many as seven teams into the postseason. Our projections this week have the Big 12 and Pac-12 unable to fill their allotment. In addition, Army is not going to be bowl-eligible and Navy needs to win this week at SMU to have a shot at reaching six wins. That could mean two more unfilled slots.

A few notes about these 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.

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

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