Sunday, October 31, 2010
Non-AQ Bowl Projections
By Andrea Adelson
Well, nine weeks in and the time has come. I am removing Boise State from the national championship game. The latest BCS rankings make it clear that if the Broncos and TCU finish undefeated, it would be the Horned Frogs who finish as the top non-AQ team. So I am going with Oregon vs. TCU in the BCS national title game for this week.
This is still is a leap of faith on my part, because I have no idea whether the Horned Frogs would be able to hold off a hard-charging one-loss Alabama team, should the Tide win out. I still have TCU beating Utah and project the the Horned Frogs to go undefeated. I also am still projecting Boise State to go undefeated, and am guessing the BCS would take two non-AQs again. There is always the possibility it could go with two Big Ten teams rather than two non-AQ teams. Or even two Big 12 teams, depending on who they are.
Toledo is bowl eligible, but I have not been able to find a home for the Rockets just yet. They would need an at-large selection. UTEP is in the middle of a massive slump, and though I do project the Miners to be bowl eligible, I have them as the No. 7 team in Conference USA. That means they would also need an at-large berth. ULM is back in, but mainly because the Sun Belt serves as a backup to the Big East in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg.
BCS national championship game:Oregon versus TCU
Sugar Bowl: Alabama versus Boise State
Little Caesars: Michigan versus Northern Illinois
Military Bowl: North Carolina versus Tulsa
Liberty Bowl: UCF versus Kentucky
Hawaii Bowl: East Carolina versus Hawaii**
Armed Forces Bowl:SMU versus Army*
New Orleans Bowl: Houston versus Middle Tennessee
GoDaddy.com Bowl: Temple versus Troy
Humanitarian Bowl: Ohio versus Iowa State*
Las Vegas Bowl: Utah versus Texas A&M*
Poinsettia Bowl: San Diego State versus Navy
Independence Bowl: Air Force versus Clemson
New Mexico Bowl:BYU versus Fresno State
Kraft Fight Hunger: Boston College* versus Nevada
Beef O’Bradys:ULM* versus Southern Miss
*=at large selection because conference doesn’t have enough teams to
**= accepted bid.