College Football: Updated BCS Bowl Projections

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College Football: Updated BCS Bowl Projections
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Auburn players celebrate after defeating Missouri in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 7.

Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)

Stanford vs. Michigan State 

Stanford will make its second consecutive trip to Pasadena after defeating Arizona State 38-14 in the Pac-12 Championship Game. The Cardinal have not been to back-to-back Rose Bowls since the 1970-71 seasons. 

Michigan State won its first outright Big Ten championship since 1987 and are headed to the Rose Bowl. Upsetting No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 was a big win for the program, but regardless if Sparty won or lost in the conference title game, it was a safe bet it would land in Pasadena anyways. 

 

Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.)

Baylor vs. UCF

Baylor locked up a spot in the Fiesta Bowl with a Big 12 Conference title. A 30-10 win over No. 25 Texas and an Oklahoma State loss was all the Bears needed to secure their first outright conference title since 1980 and an automatic BCS berth. 

UCF won the AAC outright in its first season as a member of the conference. With the Knights not having the appeal of the other at-large teams selected, they will be selected last in the pecking order and land in the Fiesta Bowl.  

 

Sugar Bowl (New Orleans)

Alabama vs. Oklahoma 

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With Auburn headed to the BCS National Championship Game, Alabama will find itself in the Sugar Bowl due to the SEC's tie-in. The Crimson Tide have not played in the Sugar Bowl since 2009, when it lost to Utah 31-17. 

The at-large invitee will either be No. 17 Oklahoma, who will likely hit the No. 14 spot in the final BCS Standings after upsetting No. 6 Oklahoma State on the road, or No. 12 Oregon. As intriguing as it would be to see the Ducks take on the Crimson Tide, the Sooners will easily sell out their ticket allotment and bring more fans to New Orleans. 

 

Orange Bowl (Miami)

Clemson vs. Ohio State 

Clemson will head to the Orange Bowl with Florida State advancing to the BCS National Championship Game because of an ACC tie-in. It will be the Tigers' second trip to Miami in three years. 

Ohio State appeared to be on its way to Pasadena for the BCS National Championship Game, but had an impressive 24-game winning streak snapped by Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game. Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes should be the first at-large team selected. 

 

BCS National Championship (Pasadena, Calif.)

Florida State vs. Auburn

Florida State was able to get the job done against Duke and win its second consecutive ACC championship. The Seminoles will play in their first BCS National Championship Game since 2000. 

Auburn knocked off a Top Five Missouri team 59-42 in the SEC title game to put itself into the BCS National Championship. It’s the second time in four years the Tigers will play for a BCS title, as well as the fifth straight year a team from Alabama will play for the crystal ball. 

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