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
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