Bowl Projections 2012: Predicting Every BCS Matchup After Alabama Upset

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Bowl Projections 2012: Predicting Every BCS Matchup After Alabama Upset
Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Alabama losing to Texas A&M dramatically altered the 2012-13 BCS bowl landscape. With two weeks and conference championships left to play, anything can happen atop the BCS standings.

Alabama wasn’t written in stone, but it was widely accepted it would meet either Kansas State or Oregon for the BCS title after continuing to a perfect season.

Nothing is guaranteed in athletic competition, however. Week in and week out teams still must go out and prove themselves by lining up and getting the better of the competition.

Will there be any further shake ups in the top echelons of college football before January’s BCS bowl showdowns?

Take a look at some of our projections as to who will end up where once all the shuffling, scheming and selecting is over.

 

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Discover BCS National Championship

When: Jan. 7, 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

Who: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 2 Notre Dame

How They Get There

Oregon runs the table against arguable the toughest remaining schedule. Games against Oregon State and UCLA and then a showdown with Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship game makes the high-powered Ducks the clear-cut No. 1 heading into the championship game.

Notre Dame catches some luck after knocking off USC for the second-straight year. The Irish have no conference championship or way to make-up the point difference between them and Kansas State if not for the Wildcats’ loss. More to follow on that.

 

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Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

When: Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Univ. of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Who: No. 5 Kansas State vs. No. 6 LSU

How They Get There

After suffering a season-ending let down to the Texas Longhorns, Kansas State and Heisman hopeful Collin Klein will represent the Big 12 in the Fiesta Bowl. It's not the BCS title game the Wildcats had dreamed of but it's still a big game for the school and conference against a top defensive team from the SEC.

LSU will end up in this game because of the poor performance of Florida down the stretch. In this scenario, the Gators drop their season finale to the Florida State Seminoles while the Tigers win their remaining games and represent the SEC in the Fiesta Bowl due to Alabama being locked into the Sugar Bowl.

 

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Allstate Sugar Bowl

When: Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

Who: No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 9 Oklahoma

How They Get There

Alabama was the clear-cut No. 1 team down the stretch before suffering a decisive upset to the Texas A&M Aggies on Nov. 10. No matter, the Crimson Tide will still get a notable bowl game by representing the SEC against the second-best team the Big 12 has to offer.

The Sooners lost a disappointing early-season matchup to Kansas State or they would be the ones representing their conference in the Fiesta Bowl. Still, an at-large bid to the Sugar Bowl is a success for a school that also lost another game to Notre Dame.

 

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Discover Orange Bowl

When: Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

Who: No. 8 Florida State vs. No. 16 Rutgers

How They Get There

Florida State finishes atop the ACC to earn its place in the Orange Bowl. The Seminoles' season was nearly perfect with just one blemish after dropping a midseason game to North Carolina State. They also knocked off in-state rival Florida in this scenario, although it is not needed for them to make the trip to Miami.

Rutgers is perhaps a bigger surprise than Notre Dame’s entry into the BCS title game. After a very impressive and unexpected the season, the Scarlet Knights knock off the Big East-leading Louisville Cardinals to earn a trip to a BCS game.

 

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Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO

When: Jan. 1, 5:00 p.m. ET

Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.

Who: No. 13 Nebraska vs. No. 10 Clemson

How They Get There

Nebraska clinches the Big Ten Championship with an exciting rematch against Wisconsin to set up a Rose Bowl without a Pac-12 opponent. If not for Ohio State suffering from NCAA sanctions, it would be the Buckeyes or an at-large team in this place due to the Buckeyes’ possibly being in the national title picture and the Cornhuskers’ two losses.

Stanford could have been the choice here, but after losing Oregon to the national championship game the Rose Bowl opts to bring in a second ACC team. Clemson is nothing short of exciting to watch offensively and will provide ample entertainment in what is sure to be a shootout with the Cornhuskers.

 

Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer and NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter:


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