Time for one of the most talked about posts of the preaseason -- bowl projections.
Love 'em or hate 'em, you always talk about 'em. This is how I think the season will end up, before the games even begin. Agree? Disagree? Let me know.
And please remember, there are other factors taken into consideration for bowl bids outside of conference standings. Geography and travel play roles as well.
BCS, Orange, Jan. 1 -- Louisville vs. ACC. The Cardinals win the Big East, with a projected overall record of 10-2.
Russell Athletic, Dec. 28 -- USF vs. ACC. Hard for the game formerly known as the Champs Sports Bowl to pass up the chance to host a team located just 90 miles away.
Belk, Dec. 27 -- Cincinnati vs. ACC. Another successful season for the Bearcats leads them to Charlotte, N.C.
New Era Pinstripe, Dec. 29 -- Rutgers vs. Big 12. Just like USF, I think it would be hard to pass up having Rutgers back again after its successful Pinstripe Bowl appearance from last year.
BBVA Compass, Jan. 5, 2013 -- UConn vs. SEC. The Huskies are bowl eligible again after missing out last year. Birmingham is happy to have someone other than Pitt.
Beef 'O' Brady's, Dec. 21 -- Pitt vs. C-USA. The Panthers end up struggling in Year 1 under Paul Chryst but still get to a bowl game, this one in St. Petersburg, Fla.
At-large selection: Syracuse. I think the Orange will be bowl eligible despite its tough nonconference schedule. The only Big East team I do not have with at least six wins is Temple. But it will be extremely close for the Owls.