Bowl Predictions 2013: Projecting Teams Who Will Play in Biggest Bowl Games

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Bowl Predictions 2013: Projecting Teams Who Will Play in Biggest Bowl Games
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Barring a major misstep in the ACC championship game, the No. 2-ranked Florida State Seminoles are headed for Pasadena to play for the national championship. Jameis Winston and Co. must defeat Duke for the conference title, but the Noles will be heavy favorites.

It is hard to guess what team will face Florida State should the Seminoles defeat Duke as most expect. Auburn made a strong case with its amazing win over No. 1-ranked Alabama on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ohio State remained undefeated by escaping the Michigan Wolverines 42-41 earlier in the day.

How far will Alabama drop after losing and how far will Auburn rise? There is some credence to the thought that both teams deserve to be ahead of Ohio State. Alabama's only loss is to the No. 4-ranked team on the road, and the end came on one of the most miraculous plays in the history of college football.

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That is about as respectable a loss as any team can have. Auburn's only loss came early in the season to then No. 6-ranked LSU. The Tigers have played five ranked teams this season compared to just two for Ohio State. 

The Buckeyes' highest-ranked opponents have been then No. 23-ranked Wisconsin and then No. 16-ranked Northwestern. The Bucks won those two games by an average of just 8.5 points. The strength of schedule between Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State isn't comparable.

Is Ohio State's undefeated record against a less-than stellar schedule more impressive than Auburn's and Alabama's one-loss records against tougher opponents? That's the million-dollar question that the pollsters and BCS computers will answer on Sunday night.

If you asking which team is better: Auburn/Alabama or Ohio State, it is hard to give the Buckeyes the edge against either team. That said, the BCS system may give the Bucks the edge because they are undefeated. 

Under that assumption, here is what the bowl picture looks like after a wild Week 14.

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

Per Jerry Palm of CBS Sports

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