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Sunday, November 28, 2010
Non-AQ Bowl Projections

By Andrea Adelson

After Auburn won and Boise State lost this weekend, I am projecting no non-AQ team in the BCS title game. The Tigers impressed me with their comeback win, and I think they beat South Carolina in the SEC championship game. That leaves TCU in the Rose Bowl -- a pretty sweet consolation prize if the Horned Frogs get left out of the BCS title game.

Right now, I have Boise State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, but that is not a guarantee. There are several factors that come into play, and one that could have the WAC work out a deal to get the Broncos into a game without a WAC tie-in. The Las Vegas Bowl against Utah could be a possibility, depending on agreements worked out with other bowls and conferences. That game will not have a Pac-10 representative, and Notre Dame is likely out of the mix. Right now, its at-large spot would most likely go to a MAC team.

As for the others: I still have UCF winning the C-USA championship game, and Northern Illinois winning the MAC title game. The only bowl eligible team that gets left out this week is Western Michigan (6-6). ULM is out after losing its finale to Louisiana. Middle Tennessee still has hopes of becoming eligible -- it would get there with a win against conference champ FIU on Saturday. If the Blue Raiders do become eligible, they would head to the Little Caesars Bowl, which has a backup agreement with the Sun Belt.

Bowl games:

Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO: Wisconsin vs. TCU

Kraft Fight Hunger: Boston College vs. Boise State

GoDaddy.com: Miami (Ohio) vs. Troy

AutoZone Liberty: UCF vs. Georgia

Hyundai Sun: Miami vs. Toledo

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces: SMU vs. Army

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman: Clemson vs. Southern Miss

AdvoCare V100 Independence: Georgia Tech vs. Air Force

Little Caesars: Louisville vs. Northern Illinois

Sheraton Hawaii: Tulsa vs. Hawaii*

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia: San Diego State vs. Navy*

MAACO Las Vegas: Utah vs. Ohio

Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg: USF vs. East Carolina

R+L Carriers New Orleans: UTEP vs. FIU

uDrove Humanitarian: Temple vs. Nevada

New Mexico: BYU vs. Fresno State