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

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  Chris Davis #11 of the Auburn Tigers returns a missed field goal for the winning touchdown in their 34 to 28 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 15, 2016

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
BowlDateLocationProjection
BCS Title GameJan. 6Pasadena, Calif..Florida State vs. Ohio State
OrangeJan. 3Miami, Fla.South Carolina vs. Alabama
SugarJan. 2New Orleans, La.Auburn vs. UCF
FiestaJan. 1Glendale, Ariz.Okla. State vs. N. Illinois
RoseJan. 1Pasadena, Calif.Michigan State vs. Stanford
Non-BCS Bowls
BowlDateLocationPrediction
GoDaddy.comJan. 5Mobile, Ala.Bowling Green vs. W. Kentucky
BBVA CompassJan. 4Birmingham, Ala.Miss. State vs. Rutgers
CottonJan. 3Arlington, Tex.Baylor vs. LSU
OutbackJan. 1Tampa, Fla.Iowa vs. Clemson
Capital OneJan. 1Orlando, Fla.Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M
Heart of DallasJan. 1Dallas, Tex.Maryland vs. Rice
GatorJan. 1Jacksonville, Fla.Michigan vs. Vanderbilt
Chick-fil-ADec. 31Atlanta, Ga.Duke vs. Missouri
LibertyDec. 31Memphis, Tenn.Marshall vs. Ole Miss
SunDec. 31El Paso, Tex.Virginia Tech vs. UCLA
IndependenceDec. 31Shreveport, La.Oregon State vs. Georgia Tech
HolidayDec. 30San Diego, Calif.Arizona State vs. Kansas State
AlamoDec. 30San Antonio, Tex.Oklahoma vs. Oregon
Music CityDec. 30Nashville, Tenn.Boston College vs. Georgia
Armed ForcesDec. 30Fort Worth, Tex.Utah State vs. Navy
Buffalo Wild WingsDec. 28Phoenix, Ariz.Texas vs. Nebraska
Russell AthleticDec. 28Orlando, Fla.Louisville vs. Miami (FL)
BelkDec. 28Charlotte, N.C.Houston vs. North Carolina
PinstripeDec. 28New York, N.Y.Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati
Fight HungerDec. 27San Francisco, Calif.Washington vs. BYU
TexasDec. 27Houston, Tex.Texas Tech vs. Minnesota
MilitaryDec. 27Washington, D.C.Syracuse vs. North Texas
PoinsettiaDec. 26San Diego, Calif.Boise State vs. Ohio
Little CaesarsDec. 26Detroit, Mich.Ball State vs. Pittsburgh
HawaiiDec. 24Honolulu, HawaiiColorado State vs. Middle Tenn.
Beef O'Brady'sDec. 23St. Petersburg, Fla.Toledo vs. East Carolina
New OrleansDec. 21New Orleans, La.La.-Lafayette vs. Tulane
Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 21Boise, IdahoBuffalo vs. UNLV
Las VegasDec. 21Las Vegas, Nev.Fresno State vs. USC
New MexicoDec. 21Albuquerque, N.M.San Diego State vs. Arizona
Per Jerry Palm of CBS Sports

 

Is the Mayhem Over?

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 30:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles scrambles for yardage during the game against the Florida Gators on November 30, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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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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