Bowl Projections 2013: Likely Destinations for Top Teams After Rivalry Week

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Bowl Projections 2013: Likely Destinations for Top Teams After Rivalry Week
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The No. 4-ranked Auburn Tigers pulled off the win of the year with their thrilling 34-28 victory over No. 1 Alabama. There is some debate as to whether the win should vault the Tigers ahead of the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Ohio State is still undefeated, but it barely escaped with a 42-41 win over unranked Michigan on Saturday. Should the BCS be a slave to "the undefeated teams trump one-loss teams" rule, or should voters ask themselves one simple question: Is Ohio State a better team than Auburn or Alabama?

If the latter logic wins out, the Buckeyes should be fourth, Alabama third and Auburn second in the next BCS standings. We'll find out for sure on Sunday night. For now, here's a look at the bowl projections, per Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, following a wild Week 14 in college football. 

Bowl Projections after Week 14
BCS Games
Bowl Date Location Projection
BCS Title Game Jan. 6 Pasadena, Calif.. Florida State vs. Ohio State
Orange Jan. 3 Miami, Fla. South Carolina vs. Alabama
Sugar Jan. 2 New Orleans, La. Auburn vs. UCF
Fiesta Jan. 1 Glendale, Ariz. Okla. State vs. N. Illinois
Rose Jan. 1 Pasadena, Calif. Michigan State vs. Stanford
Non-BCS Bowls
Bowl Date Location Prediction Jan. 5 Mobile, Ala. Bowling Green vs. W. Kentucky
BBVA Compass Jan. 4 Birmingham, Ala. Miss. State vs. Rutgers
Cotton Jan. 3 Arlington, Tex. Baylor vs. LSU
Outback Jan. 1 Tampa, Fla. Iowa vs. Clemson
Capital One Jan. 1 Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M
Heart of Dallas Jan. 1 Dallas, Tex. Maryland vs. Rice
Gator Jan. 1 Jacksonville, Fla. Michigan vs. Vanderbilt
Chick-fil-A Dec. 31 Atlanta, Ga. Duke vs. Missouri
Liberty Dec. 31 Memphis, Tenn. Marshall vs. Ole Miss
Sun Dec. 31 El Paso, Tex. Virginia Tech vs. UCLA
Independence Dec. 31 Shreveport, La. Oregon State vs. Georgia Tech
Holiday Dec. 30 San Diego, Calif. Arizona State vs. Kansas State
Alamo Dec. 30 San Antonio, Tex. Oklahoma vs. Oregon
Music City Dec. 30 Nashville, Tenn. Boston College vs. Georgia
Armed Forces Dec. 30 Fort Worth, Tex. Utah State vs. Navy
Buffalo Wild Wings Dec. 28 Phoenix, Ariz. Texas vs. Nebraska
Russell Athletic Dec. 28 Orlando, Fla. Louisville vs. Miami (FL)
Belk Dec. 28 Charlotte, N.C. Houston vs. North Carolina
Pinstripe Dec. 28 New York, N.Y. Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati
Fight Hunger Dec. 27 San Francisco, Calif. Washington vs. BYU
Texas Dec. 27 Houston, Tex. Texas Tech vs. Minnesota
Military Dec. 27 Washington, D.C. Syracuse vs. North Texas
Poinsettia Dec. 26 San Diego, Calif. Boise State vs. Ohio
Little Caesars Dec. 26 Detroit, Mich. Ball State vs. Pittsburgh
Hawaii Dec. 24 Honolulu, Hawaii Colorado State vs. Middle Tenn.
Beef O'Brady's Dec. 23 St. Petersburg, Fla. Toledo vs. East Carolina
New Orleans Dec. 21 New Orleans, La. La.-Lafayette vs. Tulane
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21 Boise, Idaho Buffalo vs. UNLV
Las Vegas Dec. 21 Las Vegas, Nev. Fresno State vs. USC
New Mexico Dec. 21 Albuquerque, N.M. San Diego State vs. Arizona

Per Jerry Palm of CBS Sports

Is the Mayhem Over?

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What happens if Auburn and Ohio State lose their respective conference championship games? Would Missouri then become the team lined up to play in the BCS title game, or would Alabama then be the team sitting at No. 2?

It all depends on how far Bama falls after Saturday's wild loss. If Bama stays ahead of Ohio State in the BCS standings, then losses by the Buckeyes and the Tigers should put Bama right back in the running for a national championship.

What if Florida State loses?

Things could get really complicated. A loss to Duke in the ACC championship game would be an ugly defeat because the Noles figure to be so heavily favored. That said, it would only be one loss and Florida State has manhandled every other ranked opponent it has faced this season.

Would a loss to Duke really ruin the Seminoles' entire resume? Most likely. If all the top dogs win their conference championship, everything should remain in the same form it appears with Sunday night's BCS standings. 

If either of the top two teams lose, we could be in for another wild weekend of speculation.

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