NCF Nation: Bowl look 090113

ACC bowl projections: Week 1

September, 1, 2013
Hey, we're a week in -- and two ACC teams have yet to play -- so don't etch these in stone just yet. But here goes ...

Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 3: Clemson
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2: Florida State
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: Miami
Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28: Georgia Tech
Hyundai Sun Bowl, Dec. 31: Virginia Tech
Belk Bowl, Dec. 28: North Carolina
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Wake Forest
Advocare V100 Bowl, Dec. 31: NC State
Military Bowl, Dec. 27: Maryland

Pac-12 bowl projections: Week 1

September, 1, 2013
The first weekend of the season is over. That means we should start projecting bowl games. Or that means my bosses told me to do that.

These are written in pencil because there are at least 11 games left for each team (12 for USC). And then there's the Pac-12 title game.

VIZIO BCS National Championship: Stanford vs. BCS
Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO: Oregon vs. Big Ten
Valero Alamo: Washington vs. Big 12
Holiday: Arizona State vs. Big 12
Hyundai Sun: UCLA vs. ACC
Las Vegas: USC vs. MWC
Fight Hunger: Arizona vs. BYU
Gildan New Mexico: Washington State vs. MWC

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 1

September, 1, 2013
We didn’t learn a whole lot from the Big 12’s first weekend of games. Well, other than not to pay FCS teams to come beat you on your home field.

This lineup will start to get much clearer in the coming weeks, until then let’s take everything with a grain of salt.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. BCS at-large
AT&T Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. SEC No. 3/4
Valero Alamo Bowl: Baylor vs. Pac-12 No. 2
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Texas vs. Big Ten No. 4/5
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: TCU vs. Pac-12 No. 3
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Texas Tech vs. Big Ten No. 6
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Kansas State vs. Big East No. 4
Heart of Dallas Bowl: West Virginia vs. Big Ten No. 7

SEC bowl projections: Week 1

September, 1, 2013
Who projects the bowl lineup after just one week of the season? We do here at the SEC blog. And while it might be wise to write these projections in pencil, here's how we see it shaking out based on what we've seen to this point:

VIZIO BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 6: Alabama
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2: LSU
Capital One Bowl: Jan. 1: South Carolina
AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 3: Texas A&M
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: Georgia
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: Florida Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Ole Miss
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Auburn
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31: Vanderbilt
BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 4: Arkansas
AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Dec. 31: Missouri
Week 1 is in the books around the Big Ten, and even though the calendar just turned to September, we'll be projecting bowls every Sunday at this time. The Big Ten's new bowl lineup, featuring all of those California games, doesn't go into effect until the 2014 season.

We'll likely project two Big Ten teams to BCS bowls for a while, and both Ohio State and Michigan looked the part Saturday. The Buckeyes didn't look like a national title contender against Buffalo, but we still have them winning the league. Northwestern gets the nod over both Nebraska and Michigan State after outlasting Cal on the road.

Penn State is ineligible for postseason play, and we don't see Illinois, Iowa or Purdue getting to the six-win plateau. Although Iowa did some good things in its opener against Northern Illinois, we need to see more from the Hawkeyes, who have a tough Big Ten schedule.

Here's the full 2013-14 bowl schedule.

It's obviously very early, but here's how we see things shaking out ...

Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Jan. 1: Ohio State
BCS at-large: Michigan
Capital One, Jan. 1: Wisconsin
Outback, Jan. 1: Northwestern Gator, Jan. 1: Nebraska
Buffalo Wild Wings, Dec. 28: Michigan State
Texas, Dec. 27: Indiana
Heart of Dallas, Jan. 1: Minnesota