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SEC bowl projections: Week 15

December, 8, 2013
The dream season continues for Auburn.

Unbelievable isn't it? The Tigers were 3-9 a year ago. Now they're 12-1 and SEC champions, and things broke their way to open the door for them to head back to the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game for the second time in four seasons. What an incredible story. As a result of its 59-42 win over Missouri in the SEC championship game on Saturday at the Georgia Dome and Ohio State's loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game, Auburn is BCS title-game bound.

What does that mean for the rest of the league and those teams' bowl destinations? Alabama is almost certainly headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The next pick belongs to the Capital One Bowl, and South Carolina should be headed to Orlando for that one. As for the AT&T Cotton Bowl, it's looking like Mizzou is the favorite to land that spot.

That leaves an interesting sequence for the next few bowls in the pecking order. The Outback Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Gator Bowl are each potential destinations for LSU, Texas A&M and Georgia. The selections could go a couple different ways, but we take a stab at how we think it'll shake out below.

As for the next tier, it appears the AutoZone Liberty Bowl has its sights set on Mississippi State, which would kick Vanderbilt to the BBVA Compass Bowl. Here are our full projections for bowl selection Sunday, and soon enough, we'll find out the fate for each of these squads.

VIZIO BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 6: Auburn
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2: Alabama
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: South Carolina
AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 3: Missouri
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: LSU
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: Texas A&M Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Georgia
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Ole Miss
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31: Mississippi State
BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 4: Vanderbilt

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 15

December, 8, 2013
Northern Illinois' loss Friday night opened up all kinds of possibilities, and the Big 12 appears ready to pounce on the opportunity to grab a second BCS bid. Baylor is the outright Big 12 champion and is headed to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, while Oklahoma could earn an at-large berth thanks to its win over Oklahoma State in Bedlam. If the Allstate Sugar Bowl takes OU, it creates a tidal wave that impacts the remaining bowl-eligible Big 12 teams, who would jump up one spot over their projection from last week.

Here are our Week 15 bowl projections for the Big 12:

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1): Baylor vs. BCS at-large
Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 2): Oklahoma vs. SEC champion (or replacement)
AT&T Cotton Bowl (Jan. 3): Oklahoma State vs. SEC No. 3/4
Valero Alamo Bowl (Dec. 30): Texas vs. Pac-12 No. 2
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Dec. 28): Kansas State vs. Big Ten No. 4/5
National University Holiday Bowl (Dec. 30): Texas Tech vs. Pac-12 No. 3
Texas Bowl (Dec. 27): None available vs. Big Ten No. 6
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 28): None available vs. American No. 4
Heart of Dallas Bowl (Jan. 1): None available vs. Big Ten No. 7

ACC bowl projections: Week 15

December, 8, 2013
All the bowl announcements will be made Sunday night. For now, we take our best guess at how it is all going to look. The only real question at this point centers on the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl. Miami and Duke are fighting for the spots in those games.

Given the lopsided score in the ACC title game, we still think Miami is going to Atlanta. But we could be very wrong. Miami versus Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla., would be an intriguing matchup with great storylines, too. Tough decision to make here for the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Vizio BCS National Championship, Jan. 6: Florida State
Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 3: Clemson
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31: Miami
Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28: Duke
Hyundai Sun Bowl, Dec. 31: Virginia Tech
Belk Bowl, Dec. 28: North Carolina
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Dec. 30: Georgia Tech
AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Dec. 31: Boston College
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, Dec. 27: Maryland

* - Pitt, Syracuse at-large.

Pac-12 bowl projections: Week 15

December, 8, 2013
Final bowl projections before invitations are sent out tonight.

Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO (Jan. 1, 2014): Stanford vs. Michigan State
Valero Alamo Bowl (Dec. 30): Oregon vs. Big 12
National University Holiday Bowl (Dec. 30): Arizona State vs. Big 12
Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 31): UCLA vs. ACC
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 21): USC vs. MWC
Fight Hunger Bowl (Dec. 27): Washington vs. BYU
Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 21): Washington State vs. MWC
AdvoCare V100 Bowl (Dec. 31): Arizona vs. ACC
Texas (Dec. 27): Oregon State vs. Big Ten

Big Ten bowl projections

December, 8, 2013
It's all over except for the official bowl selections.

Those will come out Sunday night. But before we know for sure where Big Ten teams are going bowling, we've got one last set of projections.

Michigan State's Big Ten championship game win over Ohio State obviously sends the Spartans to the Rose Bowl. And it all but guarantees two BCS bids for the Big Ten, as someone will snatch up the Buckeyes. We think that the Discover Orange Bowl makes the most sense.

The next two bowls are pretty easy to figure out. Wisconsin will go to the Capital One Bowl, where they should face a strong SEC opponent. Iowa, coming off a nice finish to the year, will enjoy the no-rules, just-right feeling at the Outback Bowl.

The biggest debate involves the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl selection. From what we're hearing, that game favors Michigan over Nebraska. That could change, but we're going with it for now. That leaves Nebraska to the Gator Bowl. How many Huskers fans would travel to Jacksonville if that's the case?

Minnesota has an argument for a better bowl than Michigan or Nebraska, but the Gophers still lack the brand name or traveling reputation. So it's back to Texas for a second straight year for Jerry Kill's guys.

We'll find out later Sunday night if we were right.

Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO, Jan. 1: Michigan State
Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 3: Ohio State
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: Wisconsin
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: Iowa
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28: Michigan Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Nebraska
Texas Bowl, Dec. 27: Minnesota
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Jan. 1: Not filled
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Dec. 26: Not filled