November 29, 2011

Rivals.com 2011 bowl projections

Here are our latest bowl projections for this season.

A lot depends on whether Houston wins the Conference USA title game and earns a BCS bid. C-USA has six bowl tie-ins but just five bowl-eligible teams. If Houston gets into the BCS, that would leave two C-USA bowl slots unfilled.

The Pac-12 and SEC - assuming both get two teams into the BCS - are going to have unfilled slots, as well. Our projections also have the Big Ten getting two teams into the BCS; even in that scenario, the league is going to have an "extra" team. If the Big 12 gets just one team into the BCS, as we have projected, it, too, will have an "extra" team that can fill an unfilled slot.

The Mid-American has six bowl-eligible teams but just three tie-ins. But the MAC has a great shot at five bids and could get six.

A few notes about these projections:

[ Related: BCS breakdown: No surprises as 'Bama, LSU top standings ]

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.

An ampersand denotes a team that already has accepted a bid.

BCS MATCHUPS
ROSE
Site: Pasadena, Calif.
Date: Jan. 2
Time/TV:: 5 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: BCS vs. BCS
Projection: Oregon vs. Wisconsin
FIESTA
Site: Glendale, Ariz.
Date: Jan. 2
Time/TV:: 8:30 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: BCS vs. BCS
Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford
SUGAR
Site: New Orleans
Date: Jan. 3
Time/TV:: 8:30 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: BCS vs. BCS
Projection: Michigan vs. Houston
ORANGE
Site: Miami
Date: Jan. 4
Time/TV:: 8 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: BCS vs. BCS
Projection: Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia
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. Alabama
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. Utah State-&
NEW ORLEANS
Site: New Orleans
Date: Dec. 17
Time/TV:: 9 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: C-USA vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Ball State 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: Pittsburgh vs. Marshall
POINSETTIA
Site: San Diego
Date: Dec. 21
Time/TV:: 8 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: Mountain West vs. WAC
Projection: TCU vs. Louisiana Tech-&
LAS VEGAS
Site: Las Vegas
Date: Dec. 22
Time/TV:: 8 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: Mountain West vs. Pac-12 #5
Projection: Boise State vs. Arizona State
HAWAII
Site: Honolulu
Date: Dec. 24
Time/TV:: 8 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: C-USA vs. WAC
Projection: Illinois vs. Nevada
INDEPENDENCE
Site: Shreveport, La.
Date: Dec. 26
Time/TV:: 5 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: ACC #7 vs. Mtn. West #3
Projection: Wake Forest vs. Air Force
LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA
Site: Detroit
Date: Dec. 27
Time/TV:: 4:30 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: Big Ten #8 vs. MAC #2
Projection: Northwestern vs. Toledo
BELK
Site: Charlotte
Date: Dec. 27
Time/TV:: 8 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: ACC #5 vs. Big East #3
Projection: N.C. State vs. Louisville
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. Iowa State*
HOLIDAY
Site: San Diego
Date: Dec. 28
Time/TV:: 8 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: Big 12 #5 vs. Pac-12 #3
Projection: Texas vs. California
CHAMPS SPORTS
Site: Orlando
Date: Dec. 29
Time/TV:: 5:30 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: ACC #3 vs. Big East #2/Notre Dame
Projection: clemson 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: Baylor vs. Washington
ARMED FORCES
Site: Dallas
Date: Dec. 30
Time/TV:: Noon/ESPN
Matchup: C-USA vs. BYU/open
Projection: BYU-& at Tulsa
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. Missouri
MUSIC CITY
Site: Nashville
Date: Dec. 30
Time/TV:: 6:40 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: ACC #6 vs. SEC #7
Projection: Virginia vs. Mississippi State
INSIGHT
Site: Tempe, Ariz.
Date: Dec. 30
Time/TV:: 10 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: Big Ten #4 vs. Big 12 #4
Projection: Penn State vs. Oklahoma
TEXAS
Site: Houston
Date: Dec. 31
Time/TV:: Noon/ESPN
Matchup: Big Ten #6 vs. Big 12 #6
Projection: Iowa 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. Utah
LIBERTY
Site: Memphis
Date: Dec. 31
Time/TV:: 3:30 p.m./ABC
Matchup: C-USA #1 vs. SEC #8
Projection: Southern Miss vs. Vanderbilt
KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER
Site: San Francisco
Date: Dec. 31
Time/TV:: 3:30 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: Pac-12 #6 vs. Army/open
Projection: UCLA vs. San Diego State*
CHICK-FIL-A
Site: Atlanta
Date: Dec. 31
Time/TV:: 7:30 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: ACC #2 vs. SEC #5
Projection: Florida State vs. Auburn
TICKETCITY
Site: Dallas
Date: Jan. 2
Time/TV:: Noon/ESPNU
Matchup: Big Ten #7 vs. C-USA
Projection: Purdue vs. SMU
CAPITAL ONE
Site: Orlando
Date: Jan. 2
Time/TV:: 1 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: Big Ten #2 vs. SEC #2
Projection: Nebraska vs. South Carolina
GATOR
Site: Jacksonville
Date: Jan. 2
Time/TV:: 1 p.m./ESPN2
Matchup: Big Ten #5 vs. SEC #6
Projection: Ohio State vs. Florida
OUTBACK
Site: Tampa
Date: Jan. 2
Time/TV:: 1 p.m./ABC
Matchup: Big Ten #3 vs. SEC #3
Projection: Michigan State vs. Georgia
COTTON
Site: Arlington, Texas
Date: Jan. 6
Time/TV:: 8 p.m./Fox
Matchup: Big 12 #2 vs. SEC #4
Projection: Kansas State vs. Arkansas
BBVA COMPASS
Site: Birmingham, Ala.
Date: Jan. 7
Time/TV:: 1 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: Big East #5 vs. SEC #9
Projection: Cincinnati vs. Western Michigan*
GoDADDY.COM
Site: Mobile, Ala.
Date: Jan. 8
Time/TV:: 9 p.m./ESPN
Matchup: MAC #1 vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas State

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