The 2008 college football season will be an exciting one. The SEC is the toughest conference in football, but balanced. Other conferences try to play catch up this season. Each BCS conference looks to send a team to the National Championship while a couple of non-BCS schools try to shake things up.
Here is what the bowl schedule might look like at the end of the season:
Congressional Bowl (New)
Navy (Automatic Bid) vs. *UTEP (At-large)
*ACC loses bid with not enough teams, leaving the No. 9 spot vacant. Nine teams are bowl eligible, but two of them are in BCS bowls.
St. Petersburg Bowl (New)
*Western Michigan (At-large) vs. East Carolina (C-USA No. 4)
*Big East loses bid with not enough teams. Five bowl eligible teams already playing in other bowls.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Utah (Mountain West No. 2) vs. UCLA (Pac-10 No. 7)
R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Southern Miss (C-USA No. 5) vs. Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt Champ)
*Nevada (At-large) vs. Troy (Sun Belt No. 2)
*SEC loses lowest bid with not enough teams. Eight teams bowl eligible, but two of them are in BCS bowls.
Big East loses bid with not enough teams. Sun Belt is bowl’s alternate conference affiliation.
New Mexico Bowl
Boise State (WAC No. 2) vs. New Mexico (Mountain West No. 4)
Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl
BYU (Mountain West Champ) vs. Washington (Pac-10 No. 6)
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Hawaii (Automatic Bid) vs. Arizona (Pac-10 No. 5)
Motor City Bowl
Central Michigan (MAC Champ) vs. Iowa (Big Ten No. 7)
Champs Sports Bowl
Miami(FL) (ACC No. 4) vs. Michigan State (Big Ten No. 5)
Colorado (Big 12 No. 8) vs. *Notre Dame (At-large)
*Big East loses bid with not enough teams. All bowl eligible teams in other bowls.
Georgia Tech (ACC No. 7) vs. California (Pac-10 No. 4)
Meineke Car Care Bowl
Boston College (ACC No. 6) vs. Pittsburgh (Big East No. 3)
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Tulsa (C-USA Champ) vs. *Texas A&M (At-large)
*SEC loses bid with not enough teams. All bowl eligible teams in other bowls.
Valero Alamo Bowl
Michigan (Big Ten No. 4) vs. Nebraska (Big 12 No. 5)
Petro Sun Independence Bowl
South Carolina (SEC No. 7) vs. Oklahoma State (Big 12 No. 6)
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Houston (C-USA No. 3) vs. TCU (Mountain West No. 3)
Brut Sun Bowl
Oregon (Pac-10 No. 3) vs. Cincinnati (Big East No. 4)
Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl
Maryland (ACC No. 8) vs. Fresno State (WAC Champ)
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
Kentucky (SEC No. 6) vs. Florida State (ACC No. 5)
Indiana (Big Ten No. 6) vs. Kansas (Big 12 No. 6)
Rutgers (Big East No. 5) vs. Bowling Green (MAC No. 2)
UCF (C-USA No. 2) vs. Miami (OH) (MAC No. 3)
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Arizona State (Pac-10 No. 2) vs. Texas (Big 12 No. 3)
Wake Forest (ACC No. 2) vs. Alabama (SEC No. 5)
Penn State (Big Ten No. 3) vs. LSU (SEC No. 4)
AT&T Cotton Bowl
Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 2) vs. Tennessee (SEC No. 3)
South Florida (Big East No. 2) vs. North Carolina (ACC No. 3)
Capital One Bowl
Illinois (Big Ten No. 2) vs. Florida (SEC No. 2)
Wisconsin (Big Ten, BCS) vs. USC (Pac-10, BCS)
FedEx Orange Bowl
Clemson (ACC, BCS) vs. West Virginia (Automatic Bid, BCS)
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Georgia (SEC, BCS) vs. *Virginia Tech (At-large, BCS)
*Gains bid by reaching ACC championship game while Wake Forest does not. Also over Arizona State because Pac-10 has no championship game.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Missouri (Big 12, BCS) vs. *Auburn (At-large, BCS)
*Gains bid by reaching SEC championship game while Florida does not. Also over Arizona State.
BCS National Championship
Oklahoma (BCS No. 1) vs. Ohio State (BCS No. 2)