Sugar Bowl 2013: Previewing the Prospective Teams for This Year's Game

Ryan DavenportContributor INovember 30, 2012

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals looks to pass against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a game at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 29, 2012 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Louisville defeated Rutgers 20-17 to win the Big East championship. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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With conference championship games underway, the selection process for each of the five BCS Bowls is almost here.

As is the case every year, with the exception of the Discover BCS National Championship Game, it's still very unclear what teams will be receiving invitations to each of the other four BCS Bowls. 

Possibly the most unclear of the four is the Sugar Bowl, as there are a number of non-qualifying conference teams that sit on the verge of earning automatic invitations. 

Though we won't have an accurate idea of which teams will end up playing for the Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 2, here's a look at which teams are in the running heading into the final weekend of the season. 

Kent State

Because Kent State is in the Mid-American Conference, it'll need not only a victory over No. 21 Northern Illinois in the conference title game to get an invite to the Sugar Bowl, but it'll also need to move up at least one spot from its No. 17 BCS ranking to get there. 

At 11-1, if Kent State gets the conference title, it's got more than a fighting chance at getting inside the top 16, but given that the Sugar Bowl is selecting before the Orange Bowl this year, there's a better shot that it'll be playing in Miami. 

If the Golden Flashes do get to the Sugar Bowl, they may have a better shot at coming away with the title than most would think, considering they've already defeated No. 15 Rutgers earlier this season. 


With only two teams per conference permitted to play in BCS Bowls, that means that the loser of the SEC title game between Alabama and Georgia could be left on the outside looking in, as No. 4 Florida will be the second SEC team. 

Historically, the game features an SEC team, unless there are two in the BCS National Championship Game, but since Notre Dame's already got one locked up, smart money should be on the Gators getting a spot in the Sugar Bowl. 


After knocking off Rutgers in the Big East title game, Louisville punched its ticket to a BCS Bowl.

Given that the Sugar Bowl gets to select prior to the Orange Bowl, it's reasonable to think that the Cardinals could end up playing in the Sugar Bowl. 

Teddy Bridgewater's gutsy performance on Thursday night got the Cardinals into BCS territory, but whether or not he can lead them to a BCS victory is another question entirely.