College Football Bowl Projections: The Mysteries of October

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College Football Bowl Projections: The Mysteries of October
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One month down, two months to go.

With the turning of the calendar from September to October, the college football bowl committees swing into full speed with the initial autumn evaluations of who is the best candidate for their business interests.

The casual fan may ask, "How could this be? The bowl games are all set by BCS rankings and position inside a conference, right?"

The answer is yes, and no.

Officials with the Rose Bowl are left to simply cheer on certain favorites of the Pasadena committee. They have chosen their path long ago, defaulting to the champions of the Big Ten and Pac -10 conferences, taking whatever the regular season provides.

Likewise, the BCS title game has its participants chosen. The final BCS poll ranking in December produces the teams for this contest. A simple matter of the two highest ranked teams at the time.

But, what of the other bowls? The ones who do not lock in both participants?

These bowls can play the "politics card" of who will bring a large following, provide television ratings, and do the best job of promoting the image of their cherished postseason affair.

It is not, as many believe, an open and shut affair of team selections for the majority of these committees. There are many items to consider before the final bids are revealed.

The following is a projection of several bowl games with possible selection scenarios as of Oct. 1.

These are not necessarily predictions of what will happen but, of what could happen if the final two months of the regular season continue along the present path.

There is something about the month of October—something odd—about the separating of the wheat from the chaff.

This first full month of autumn often provides such a distinction between the "haves" and the "have-nots." Some separation can be attributed to scheduling, conference play, and travel.

Whatever the reason, there is no doubting these mysteries of October provide the great dividing point in the college football season.

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