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

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 28, 2016

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.

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
BowlDateLocationProjectionBowl
BCS Title GameJan. 6Pasadena, Calif..Florida State vs. Ohio StateBCS Title Game
OrangeJan. 3Miami, Fla.South Carolina vs. AlabamaOrange
SugarJan. 2New Orleans, La.Auburn vs. UCFSugar
FiestaJan. 1Glendale, Ariz.Okla. State vs. N. IllinoisFiesta
RoseJan. 1Pasadena, Calif.Michigan State vs. StanfordRose
Non-BCS BowlsNon-BCS Bowls
BowlDateLocationPredictionBowl
GoDaddy.comJan. 5Mobile, Ala.Bowling Green vs. W. KentuckyGoDaddy.com
BBVA CompassJan. 4Birmingham, Ala.Miss. State vs. RutgersBBVA Compass
CottonJan. 3Arlington, Tex.Baylor vs. LSUCotton
OutbackJan. 1Tampa, Fla.Iowa vs. ClemsonOutback
Capital OneJan. 1Orlando, Fla.Wisconsin vs. Texas A&MCapital One
Heart of DallasJan. 1Dallas, Tex.Maryland vs. RiceHeart of Dallas
GatorJan. 1Jacksonville, Fla.Michigan vs. VanderbiltGator
Chick-fil-ADec. 31Atlanta, Ga.Duke vs. MissouriChick-fil-A
LibertyDec. 31Memphis, Tenn.Marshall vs. Ole MissLiberty
SunDec. 31El Paso, Tex.Virginia Tech vs. UCLASun
IndependenceDec. 31Shreveport, La.Oregon State vs. Georgia TechIndependence
HolidayDec. 30San Diego, Calif.Arizona State vs. Kansas StateHoliday
AlamoDec. 30San Antonio, Tex.Oklahoma vs. OregonAlamo
Music CityDec. 30Nashville, Tenn.Boston College vs. GeorgiaMusic City
Armed ForcesDec. 30Fort Worth, Tex.Utah State vs. NavyArmed Forces
Buffalo Wild WingsDec. 28Phoenix, Ariz.Texas vs. NebraskaBuffalo Wild Wings
Russell AthleticDec. 28Orlando, Fla.Louisville vs. Miami (FL)Russell Athletic
BelkDec. 28Charlotte, N.C.Houston vs. North CarolinaBelk
PinstripeDec. 28New York, N.Y.Notre Dame vs. CincinnatiPinstripe
Fight HungerDec. 27San Francisco, Calif.Washington vs. BYUFight Hunger
TexasDec. 27Houston, Tex.Texas Tech vs. MinnesotaTexas
MilitaryDec. 27Washington, D.C.Syracuse vs. North TexasMilitary
PoinsettiaDec. 26San Diego, Calif.Boise State vs. OhioPoinsettia
Little CaesarsDec. 26Detroit, Mich.Ball State vs. PittsburghLittle Caesars
HawaiiDec. 24Honolulu, HawaiiColorado State vs. Middle Tenn.Hawaii
Beef O'Brady'sDec. 23St. Petersburg, Fla.Toledo vs. East CarolinaBeef O'Brady's
New OrleansDec. 21New Orleans, La.La.-Lafayette vs. TulaneNew Orleans
Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 21Boise, IdahoBuffalo vs. UNLVFamous Idaho Potato
Las VegasDec. 21Las Vegas, Nev.Fresno State vs. USCLas Vegas
New MexicoDec. 21Albuquerque, N.M.San Diego State vs. ArizonaNew Mexico
Per Jerry Palm of CBS Sports

 

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