College Football Bowl Projections for Week 11: A Fresh Look at Oregon and TCU

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College Football Bowl Projections for Week 11: A Fresh Look at Oregon and TCU
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Welcome to the 11th installment of the weekly Bleacher Report Bowl Projection series.

In the following pages, readers will find a projection of participants in all 35 postseason college bowl games.

Summary and analysis are presented for each event, detailing how the teams will be chosen and who are currently the most likely contenders for the contests.

The choices presented in this Bleacher Report series are updated on a weekly basis. They include the outcome of past games as well as the upcoming schedule.

The order of bowl presentation in this article reflects the amount of money paid to schools for playing in the event. This will prevent any false emphasis on a contest due simply to what day the game is played.

Reader participation is strongly encouraged; please feel free to leave comments regarding your impression of the matchups as well as your own bowl projections. This allows the weekly predictions to be a combination of the readers' suggestions and the writer's opinion. 

Information concerning conference affiliations to specific bowl games is part of each breakdown. In order to project a specific team for a bowl game, simply follow the conference tie-ins for the postseason contest.

The past weekend brought a fresh perspective on determining who are the strongest teams in the nation and which teams have depended upon weak schedules to qualify for a BCS bowl.

The view from Eugene, Oregon, and Fort Worth, Texas, has been consistent all season regarding their hometown teams. Followers have maintained they cannot be beaten.

Saturday gave observers on the outside reason to doubt if the Ducks and Frogs are actually unbeatable.

The Ducks' two point victory over a California team that was slaughtered by Nevada certainly gives one reason for pause.

TCU stumbled out of the gate against San Diego State and finished poorly, leaving much concern over the Horned Frogs' ability to compete week in and week out against upper-level competition.

It is conceivable the results of Oregon and TCU this season have been enhanced by audiences who wish to see a new group of teams competing for the BCS title.

Let us hope a more sinister motive does not lurk in the shadows: one born of envy with the desire only to end the monopoly of SEC schools winning every BCS title game since the 2006 season.

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