Time for the latest bowl projections for the non-AQ teams. I have done these for all of college football from the beginning of the season, but now is when things truly get interesting in the fight for bowl eligibility. It is a huge guessing game, but also keep in mind -- the projections are not necessarily where the teams are going to finish.
Bowls are not required to take teams based on order of finish in the conference if they feel there is a more intriguing team that is available to them. Hawaii, for example, might finish second in the WAC, but would go to the Hawaii Bowl regardless.
One change - I am now projecting UCF as the winner of Conference USA. SMU's loss to Houston on Saturday night had a hand in that. But right now UCF and East Carolina are the two best teams in the conference, with a big showdown looming this week in Orlando. I also have Houston back in the projections after the big win.
I still have Boise State in the national title game. The more No. 1 teams that lose, the more that helps the Broncos.
Here are the latest projections after Week 8:
BCS national championship game: Oregon vs. Boise State
Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. TCU
Hawaii Bowl: Tulsa vs. Hawaii
Armed Forces Bowl: East Carolina vs. Army
Eagle Bank: Maryland vs. Southern Miss
Liberty Bowl: UCF vs. Kentucky
New Orleans Bowl: UTEP vs. Middle Tennessee
GoDaddy.com Bowl: Temple vs. Troy
Humanitarian Bowl: Ohio vs. Idaho
Las Vegas Bowl: Utah vs. Washington
Poinsettia Bowl: San Diego State vs. Navy
Independence Bowl: Air Force vs. NC State
New Mexico Bowl: BYU vs. Fresno State
Little Caesars: Penn State vs. Northern Illinois
Beef O’Bradys: Louisville vs. SMU
Kraft Fight Hunger: Houston* vs. Nevada
* = at large because conference cannot fill bowl allotment.