NCF Nation: Bowl projections 0814

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The picture begins to clear...

Who's in: USC (10-1. 7-1), Oregon (9-3, 7-2), Oregon State (8-4, 7-2), California (7-4, 5-3), Arizona (6-5, 4-4)

Who's out: Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.

Who's a maybe: Arizona State.

Arizona State needs to beat Arizona on Saturday to earn bowl eligibility.

At most, the Pac-10 can have six bowl-eligible teams. Or it can end up with only five, meaning it won't fill at least two of its seven bowl contracts.

The bowl contracts (selection order): Rose (1), Holiday (2), Sun (3), Las Vegas (4 or 5), Emerald (4 or 5) and Hawaii (6). The Poinsettia (7) is out.

The selection rule: If there is a tie for the Pac-10 championship, the head-to-head winner among the tied teams shall be awarded the Conference's top bowl position. In the event of a tie for any position in the standings other than the championship, the selecting bowl may choose its participant from among the tied teams.

The week's intrigue: If USC loses to UCLA, Oregon State wins a three-way tiebreaker with the Trojans and Oregon and goes to the Rose Bowl. USC then goes to the Holiday Bowl and Oregon would go to the Sun or Las Vegas -- the latter if the Sun uses its no-repeat clause.

If California loses to Washington, it would drop to 5-4 in the conference and be tied with the Arizona and Arizona State winner.

Quirks of note: 1. The Sun Bowl has the right to reject a team that played in the game last year, meaning Oregon. 2. The Las Vegas and Emerald Bowls have a relationship, meaning Vegas might give up Cal to give the Emerald Bowl a local angle.

Here's the team-by-team breakdown.

Arizona

Possibilities: Vegas, Emerald, Hawaii

Prediction: Vegas.

Arizona State

Possibilities: Vegas, Emerald or Hawaii

Prediction: Out.

California

Possibilities: Vegas, Emerald

Prediction: Emerald

Oregon

Possibilities: Holiday, Sun or Vegas

Prediction: Holiday

Oregon State

Possibilities: Rose, Holiday, Sun

Prediction: Sun

USC

Possibilities: Rose, Holiday

Prediction: Rose

ACC bowl projections

December, 1, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There are 10 bowl-eligible teams for nine ACC tie-ins. Messy, just like the season was. There is an NCAA rule that forces bowls to select seven-win teams over six-win teams, and that could mean trouble for NC State. More likely, it means an at-large selection. While ACC officials try to figure that one out, here are this week's predictions for everyone:

BOSTON COLLEGE -- BC fans shouldn't have to worry about being slighted by the bowl selection committees this season. The Eagles have everything they need to make it to the Orange Bowl, including confidence from the fact they've already beaten Virginia Tech this season.
Possibilities: Orange Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Gator Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, Music City Bowl
Prediction: Orange Bowl

CLEMSON -- The Tigers threw the bowl picture out of whack when they became bowl eligible with their win over South Carolina. Their addition means everyone else is likely to get bumped a notch.
Possibilities: Music City Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Eagle Bank Bowl
Prediction: Music City Bowl

FLORIDA STATE -- The Noles took a pounding from Florida, but they're still an attractive eight-win team that should be one of the top picks. A trip to Jacksonville to face Nebraska makes sense at the expense of Georgia Tech.
Possibilities: Chick-fil-A Bowl, Gator Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl
Prediction: Gator Bowl

GEORGIA TECH -- This team deserves to be in one of the top bowls, especially after beating rival Georgia, but FSU would bring a "home" crowd and be a lucrative matchup for the Gator Bowl folks.
Possibilities: Chick-fil-A Bowl, Gator Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl
Prediction: Champs Sports Bowl

MARYLAND -- In a matter of two weeks, the Terps went from contender to pretender. Instead of seeing orange, they're more likely to see blue, as in Smurf Turf blue. You get what you play for. They can't play in the Eagle Bank Bowl because the date conflicts with their exam schedule.
Possibilities: Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl.
Prediction: Roady's Humanitarian Bowl.

MIAMI -- The Hurricanes didn't finish strong, but they still had a much better season than a year ago, and the fact they're even playing in a bowl game proves it. An invitation from the Champs Sports Bowl would be surprising.
Possibilities: Champs Sports Bowl, Music City Bowl, Emerald Bowl
Prediction: Emerald Bowl

NC STATE -- This is where the confusion comes in, because of the NCAA rule. There should be a few bowls out there, though, still looking for a team. Count the Motor City Bowl among them, since Ohio State should be in a BCS Bowl.
Possibilities: Meineke Car Care Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Eagle Bank Bowl, Independence Bowl, Texas Bowl, Motor City Bowl,
Prediction: Motor City (at-large)

NORTH CAROLINA -- The Tar Heels won't be home for Christmas, but they might be very close. This is where the pecking order will come into play, with Music City, Meineke Car Care and Emerald either having to agree, or going in that order. Since Music City can go first, odds are it scoops up Clemson.
Possibilities: Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Emerald Bowl
Prediction: Meineke Car Care Bowl

VIRGINIA TECH -- The Chick-fil-A Bowl doesn't have to pick the ACC runner-up, but in this case it would make sense. LSU and South Carolina would both be good matchups.
Possibilities: Orange Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Gator Bowl
Prediction: Chick-fil-A Bowl

WAKE FOREST -- The Demon Deacons and Miami seem like the two most likely candidates for this inaugural bowl, and a rematch against Navy could be interesting. It would also be a no-win situation for the Deacs, who should have beaten the Middies the first time around.

Possibilities: Meineke Car Care Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl, Eagle Bank Bowl
Prediction: Eagle Bank Bowl

SEC bowl projections

December, 1, 2008
12/01/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Eight teams in the SEC ended up being bowl eligible. And with Alabama and Florida both headed for BCS bowls, that means two of the bowls that were tied to the conference -- Independence and Papajohns.com -- won't get SEC teams.

Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee all ended their seasons this past weekend and won't be going bowling.

For the other eight teams, there will be a postseason. Vanderbilt, even though the Commodores, slumped toward the end of the season, will be making its first bowl trip in 26 years. Ole Miss is one of the hottest teams in the SEC after not winning a league game a year ago and will be making its first bowl trip in five years.

ALABAMA
This much we know: The Crimson Tide are going somewhere nice and to a bowl that pays out a bunch of money. What a year for Nick Saban and crew. A win over Florida puts Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. A loss would send the Tide to the Sugar Bowl for the first time since 1992.

  • Possibilities: BCS National Championship Game, Sugar Bowl
  • Prediction: Sugar Bowl

FLORIDA
It's pretty much the same scenario for Florida as Alabama. If the Gators win this Saturday in the SEC Championship Game, they can punch their ticket for the BCS National Championship Game. If they lose, they're headed to the Sugar Bowl.

  • Possibilities: BCS National Championship Game, Sugar Bowl
  • Prediction: BCS National Championship Game

GEORGIA
The Bulldogs have been a big disappointment this season, and it begins and ends with a defense that has been sliced and diced. They're likely headed to the Capital One Bowl to play Michigan State, but Ole Miss is a much hotter team right now.

  • Possibilities: Capital One Bowl, Outback Bowl
  • Prediction: Capital One Bowl

KENTUCKY
Good thing the Wildcats got those four nonconference wins in September, because they were pretty unspectacular in SEC play. Injuries took a heavy toll, but they still managed to qualify for their third straight bowl appearance, the first time that's happened since 1949-51. It's probably fitting then that they're headed to the Music City Bowl for the third straight year.

  • Possibilities: Music City Bowl, Liberty Bowl
  • Prediction: Music City Bowl.

LSU
The Tigers went from the defending national champions and a good bet to play in a BCS game to a team that couldn't stop anybody defensively. Their only two wins the last half of the season were over Tulane and Troy.

  • Possibilities: Chick-fil-A Bowl, Music City Bowl
  • Prediction: Chick-fil-A Bowl

OLE MISS
You wonder if the Capital One Bowl will take a long look at the Rebels with how well they've played down the stretch and the fact that they're the only team to beat Florida so far. This is a team that believes right now and is playing fantastic football.

  • Possibilities: Cotton Bowl, Capital One Bowl
  • Prediction: Cotton Bowl

SOUTH CAROLINA
The Gamecocks were another SEC team that collapsed at the end of the season. They were embarrassed in their final two games against Florida and Clemson. But the state of Florida still loves Steve Spurrier, right?

  • Possibilities: Outback Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl
  • Prediction: Outback Bowl

VANDERBILT
The Commodores were one of college football's hottest tickets back in September. It just hasn't been the same ever since, but they were still good enough to earn their first bowl trip since the 1982 season, which is why they will likely avoid staying at home and playing in the Music City Bowl and instead go across the state three hours.

  • Possibilities: Liberty Bowl, Music City Bowl
  • Prediction: Liberty Bowl

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

For all of the bluster about the strength at the top of the Big 12, the conference will make history this season as it will be unable to fulfill two of its bowl obligations.

Even as Oklahoma and Texas are likely headed to the BCS, the bowls at the bottom of the Big 12's pecking order, like the Texas Bowl and the Independence Bowl, will be squeezed out without Big 12 representation because of the conference's strength at the top.

It makes for a neat orderly transition for the seven Big 12 bowl teams -- the fewest bowl-eligible teams for the conference since 2004.

Here's a look at how the bowl possibilities for each of the conference's bowl-eligible schools shake out heading into the final week before bowl bids are given next Sunday.

Kansas

The Jayhawks will be heading into the bowls after a strong comeback victory over Missouri that should resonate throughout the next several weeks. The extra time will also allow a banged-up team get healthy before leaving for their first back-to-back bowl trips in the 119-season history of the program.

  • Possibilities: Sun Bowl, Insight Bowl.
  • Prediction: Insight Bowl.

Missouri

The Tigers won't have much momentum as they head into practice for the Big 12 championship this week after the late collapse against Kansas. But if they could stun Oklahoma, it would turn around the late disappointment and push them into a BCS bowl game for the first time in the history of the program.

A loss could mean they could slide all the way to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, where memories aren't good after last season's second-half collapse against Oklahoma there in the Big 12 title game. And bowl officials have to be wondering how much excitement the Tigers could generate for a bowl trip coming off losses to Kansas and a loss in the Big 12 Championship Game.

  • Possibilities: Fiesta Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Sun Bowl, Gator Bowl.
  • Prediction: Alamo Bowl.

Nebraska

The late comeback against Colorado has the Cornhuskers' momentum surging with five victories in their last six games. It's been quite a turnaround for coach Bo Pelini after a midseason three-game losing streak. It means the Cornhuskers likely are headed for a New Year's Day bowl appearance for the first time since a 2006 trip to the Cotton Bowl. And it represents a nice showing of progress in Pelini's first season.

  • Possibilities: Gator Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Sun Bowl.
  • Prediction: Gator Bowl.

Oklahoma

The Sooners won't complain about their good fortune from the BCS computers that pushed them into the conference's championship game. Now, they must win against Missouri in order to assure a BCS berth. A triumph on Saturday means they are likely headed to the BCS title game for a shot at either Florida or Alabama and a chance at some retribution after some recent BCS humiliations. A loss to Missouri in Saturday's Big 12 title game could mean the Sooners skid to the Cotton Bowl or even the Holiday Bowl.

  • Possibilities: BCS National Championship Game, Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Holiday Bowl.
  • Prediction: BCS National Championship Game.

Oklahoma State

The 9-3 Cowboys were one of the biggest surprises in the Big 12, tying the school record for most victories in a regular season. Even with the disappointment of the Bedlam loss to Oklahoma, bowl organizers are counting on that fervor among OSU fans to fuel some enthusiasm in a bowl trip. That could mean the Cowboys would be attractive to the Holiday Bowl and a likely dream offensive matchup against Oregon. Or it could send them to San Antonio and a berth against Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl.

  • Possibilities: Cotton Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Gator Bowl.
  • Prediction: Holiday Bowl.

Texas

The Longhorns can't let the disappointment of the BCS snub that kept them out of the Big 12 title game stem their momentum from an 11-1 season that turned out much better than most preseason prognostications. The Longhorns are assured of a BCS bowl berth, and their hopes of sneaking into the national championship game will rely on a Missouri upset in the Big 12 title game. A more likely scenario would have them at the Fiesta Bowl if Oklahoma wins the Big 12 title game.

  • Possibilities: BCS National Championship Game, Fiesta Bowl.
  • Prediction: Fiesta Bowl.

Texas Tech

The end of the season is coming at a good time for the Red Raiders, who are nursing some significant injuries like Michael Crabtree (ankle), Graham Harrell (broken bones in left hand) and Daniel Charbonnet (concussion). The bowl rest will be welcome as they likely are headed for their second trip to the Cotton Bowl in the last four seasons. Their opponent likely will be a hot Mississippi team that has won its last five games and already stunned Florida earlier this season.

  • Possibilities: Cotton Bowl, Holiday Bowl.
  • Prediction: Cotton Bowl.

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Big Ten was dark this weekend, as regular-season play wrapped up Nov. 22, but the league's bowl picture appeared to get a whole lot brighter.

As Big Ten players, coaches and fans quacked at their TV sets on Saturday night, the Oregon Ducks proceeded to pound Oregon State in the Civil War. The Oregon State loss appears to clear a path for Ohio State to earn the final BCS at-large spot. USC still needs to beat rival UCLA and earn the Pac-10's BCS tiebreaker, which likely puts the Trojans in the Rose Bowl against Penn State.

Should the Trojans prevail, the final BCS at-large berth would come down to Ohio State and Boise State. Despite a worse record (10-2 vs. 12-0), the big-name Buckeyes likely would get the nod, giving the Big Ten two BCS entries for the fourth straight season. It also would move all the other Big Ten bowl-eligible teams up a notch. The Motor City wouldn't be filled by a Big Ten team for the fifth time in seven seasons.

To recap the Big Ten bowl landscape:

Bowl eligible (7): Penn State (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten), Ohio State (10-2, 7-1), Michigan State (9-3, 6-2), Northwestern (9-3, 5-3), Iowa (8-4, 5-3), Minnesota (7-5, 3-5), Wisconsin (7-5, 3-5)

Staying home (4): Illinois (5-7, 3-5), Michigan (3-8, 2-5), Purdue (3-8, 1-6), Indiana (3-8, 1-6)

Big Ten bowl tie-ins (in order): Rose/BCS, Capital One, Outback, Alamo, Champs Sports, Insight, Motor City

Now for the team-by-team projections:

PENN STATE

The Nittany Lions didn't want a Rose Bowl rematch against Oregon State, and they likely won't get one. Penn State miniscule hopes for a trip to the BCS title game also vanished Saturday with victories by Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama and others. Head coach Joe Paterno and his team will head to Pasadena for the first time since Jan. 1, 1995.

Possibilities: Rose

Prediction: Rose

OHIO STATE

The Buckeyes were the biggest beneficiaries of Oregon State's loss, which should put them in a BCS bowl for the fourth consecutive season. The Fiesta Bowl is the likeliest destination, where a reunion with Texas most probably awaits Jim Tressel's crew. Should the BCS throw a curveball Sunday night and pick Boise State, Ohio State would head to the Capital One Bowl.

Possibilities: Fiesta, Sugar, Orange, Capital One

Prediction: Fiesta

MICHIGAN STATE

Here's another team that cheered when Oregon beat Oregon State. Should the Big Ten get two BCS bowl entries, the Spartans are virtually assured of a New Year's Day trip to Florida. It would be hard to see the Capital One Bowl bypass Michigan State for Northwestern or Iowa, two teams the Spartans beat. If Ohio State somehow gets left out, Michigan State probably will head to the Outback Bowl.

Possibilities: Capital One, Outback, Alamo

Prediction: Capital One

NORTHWESTERN

Athletic director Jim Phillips is working hard to convince bowl representatives that Northwestern's history of traveling to bowl games trumps the school's lousy home attendance. If his pitch works, Northwestern could go to the Outback Bowl as long as Ohio State gets a BCS at-large berth. Despite a better record and a head-to-head victory, Northwestern will have a hard time beating out Iowa in the bowl selection order.

Possibilities: Outback, Alamo, Champs Sports

Prediction: Alamo

IOWA

Oregon State's loss might put Iowa into the Outback Bowl, which would be an amazing end to a season that looked extremely shaky in early October. The Hawkeyes are a hot team with the nation's best running back (Shonn Greene) and a large, willing-to-travel fan base. Those factors should help bowl reps look past an 8-4 record.

Possibilities: Capital One, Outback, Alamo, Champs Sports

Prediction: Outback

WISCONSIN

The Badgers are probably least affected by Oregon State's loss. They seemed pegged for the Insight Bowl after four consecutive postseason trips to Florida. Wisconsin still could be ticketed for Tempe even if the Big Ten gets two BCS entries. But it will be hard for the Champs Sports Bowl to pass up the Badgers in favor of Minnesota, which lost four straight games to close the regular season. The Alamo Bowl isn't seriously considering Wisconsin.

Possibilities: Alamo, Champs Sports, Insight

Prediction: Champs Sports

MINNESOTA

Spending Christmas in Detroit with a matchup against undefeated Ball State team in the Motor City Bowl didn't seem too appealing for the Gophers, who likely were saved by Oregon State's loss. If the Big Ten gets two BCS entries, Minnesota will be heading to a much warmer climate, either Arizona or Florida. Should Ohio State get left out of the BCS bowl mix, the Gophers are going to Motown.

Possibilities: Champs Sports, Insight, Motor City

Prediction: Insight

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

It's all about Rutgers this week. If the Scarlet Knights beat Louisville, the Big East bowl picture becomes relatively clear, with just a little jostling over who goes to the Sun and Meineke Car Care bowls (Nebraska looks like a lock for the Gator Bowl at this point). If Rutgers loses, Notre Dame will go to the Sun and the league will have to scramble to find spots for the 6-6 Scarlet Knights and the 6-6 Cardinals.

With that in mind, here are the latest postseason possibilities and predictions for each potentially eligible Big East team (listed alphabetically):

Cincinnati

The Bearcats have won the Big East title and will be going to the BCS, most likely the Orange Bowl.

  • Possibilities: BCS game
  • Prediction: Orange Bowl

Connecticut

The Huskies can finish 8-4 with a win over Pitt, but they have no realistic shot at the Sun Bowl and aren't attractive to the Meineke Car Care Bowl since they went there last year. Toronto still makes the most sense.

  • Possibilities: Gator/Sun bowls, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.
  • Prediction: International Bowl

Louisville

The Cardinals aren't guaranteed a bowl even if they beat Rutgers, but they'd sure like to have the chance.

  • Possibilities: At-large bowl berth.
  • Prediction: No bowl

Pittsburgh

The Panthers improved their chances of making the Sun Bowl by beating West Virginia. Pittsburgh fans don't have a good reputation for traveling, but that's not a concern for Sun officials because locals buy up a huge chunk of the game's seats.

  • Possibilities: Gator/Sun bowls, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.
  • Prediction: Sun Bowl

Rutgers

If they get to 7-5, the Scarlet Knights would be strongly considered for the Meineke game because of their strong fan base and media market. The Sun looks like a long shot, at best.

  • Possibilities: Gator/Sun bowls, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.
  • Prediction: Papajohns.com Bowl

South Florida

No matter what happens this week against West Virginia, the Bulls are almost certainly making the short trip to the inaugural St. Petersburg Bowl.

  • Possibilities: Gator/Sun bowls, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.
  • Prediction: St. Petersburg Bowl

West Virginia

The Mountaineers could still earn a Sun Bowl berth by winning this week. If not, Meineke officials would like to bring West Virginia to Charlotte because of its nearby fan base and the marketability of Pat White.

  • Possibilities: Gator/Sun bowls, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, International Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl.
  • Prediction: Meineke Car Care Bowl
Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

Two conferences are finished, two have championship games this week and one has one regular season week left. We're almost to bowl practices, so let's see how the bowl projections are shaping up.

Here's a look at how the non-BCS bowls are shaping up:

MOUNTAIN WEST

Utah -- The Utes are still in prime position for the non-BCS automatic bid into the BCS. Now it's just a matter of where they're going to go. Coach Kyle Whittingham's wife was talking about how historic New Orleans is and she'll probably get to see it firsthand.
Possibilities: Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl.
Prediction: Sugar Bowl

TCU -- The more things whittle down, the more it looks like the Horned Frogs could meet Boise State in this game, which would make a great matchup in San Diego.
Possibilities:
Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl
Prediction:
Poinsettia Bowl

BYU -- Yet another trip to Las Vegas for the Cougars, which will at least ensure that the stadium will sell out. Don't see this changing unless the bowl looks at matchup over money.
Possibilities: Las Vegas Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl
Prediction: Las Vegas Bowl

Air Force -- The Falcons completed another unexpectedly successful season and should get a good matchup against a C-USA team in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Possibilities: Las Vegas Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl
Prediction: Armed Forces Bowl

Colorado State -- The Rams could be facing Fresno State, which I think is an interesting match between a veteran coach and a new coach. Colorado State ended its season on a high note. Fresno State? Not so much.
Possibilities: Las Vegas Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, Armed Forces Bowl
Prediction: New Mexico Bowl

WAC

Boise State -- After the Broncos ended their undefeated season with a 51-point shellacking of Fresno State, they're definitely in the hunt for a BCS game, but if they don't, I think the WAC wants to see them in San Diego.
Possibilities: Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, at-large
Projection: Poinsettia Bowl

Louisiana Tech -- The Bulldogs lost to Nevada in a crazy game on Saturday, but things will probably work out for the best regardless. The WAC has been in talks with the Independence Bowl and La. Tech will likely head there as an at-large.
Possibilities: New Mexico Bowl, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, at-large
Prediction: Independence Bowl

Fresno State -- The Bulldogs didn't hurt their bowl status with the big loss at Boise State. The Bulldogs likely will play in New Mexico against Colorado State.
Possibilities: New Mexico Bowl, Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, at-large
Prediction: New Mexico Bowl

Nevada -- Big come-from-behind win by the Wolf Pack this week to guarantee themselves a WAC Bowl. Now which WAC bowl will it be? With Boise State likely heading to San Diego, it wouldn't be surprising to see Nevada in Boise.
Possibilities: New Mexico Bowl, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, at-large
Prediction: Roady's Humanitarian Bowl

Hawaii -- The game against Washington State was probably a little closer than expected, but the Warriors got a seventh win to guarantee a spot in the Hawaii Bowl.
Possibilities: New Mexico Bowl, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, at-large
Prediction: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

San Jose State -- The Spartans are bowl eligible and will probably get the at-large spot in the Emerald Bowl because of proximity. If they don't, they won't go bowling.
Possibilities: New Mexico Bowl, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, at-large
Prediction: Emerald Bowl

CONFERENCE USA

Houston -- A week ago it looked like Houston was well on its way to a berth in C-USA's top bowl, but with a loss to Rice the dream has faded and the Cougars will probably stay in their home state for the postseason.
Possibilities: AutoZone Liberty Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl, R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Texas Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, GMAC Bowl
Projection: Armed Forces Bowl

Tulsa -- The Golden Hurricane sealed up a C-USA West title and should have little trouble against East Carolina if coach Todd Graham can bring out the team from the first half of the season.
Possibilities: AutoZone Liberty Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl, R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Texas Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, GMAC Bowl
Projection: Liberty Bowl

Rice -- Big win by Rice to end the season, but it wasn't quite enough to win C-USA West. Still, the Owls will be rewarded with a game in their home state. I've been going back and forth, but I think the Texas Bowl fits.
Possibilities: AutoZone Liberty Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl, R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Texas Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, GMAC Bowl
Projection: Texas Bowl

East Carolina -- The winner of C-USA East is coming on strong and I don't think the Liberty Bowl is out of the question. But the Pirates are going to have a tough time containing a potent Tulsa offense.
Possibilities: AutoZone Liberty Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl, R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Texas Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, GMAC Bowl
Projection: GMAC Bowl

Memphis -- There were two bowls up for grabs and Memphis locked up one of them with a win over Tulane last weekend. The Tigers have played well despite losing three quarterbacks this year. A bowl is well deserved.
Possibilities: AutoZone Liberty Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl, R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Texas Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, GMAC Bowl
Projection: St. Petersburg Bowl

Southern Mississippi -- The Golden Eagles won four straight games to get into a bowl after a tough start. A win could keep the streak of winning seasons alive at 15.
Possibilities: AutoZone Liberty Bowl, St. Petersburg Bowl, R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Texas Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, GMAC Bowl
Projection: New Orleans Bowl

SUN BELT

The Sun Belt has just one team with seven wins (Troy) and one team that could gain seven wins (Arkansas State). The Papajohns.com Bowl, Independence Bowl both have auxiliary tie-ins to the Sun Belt.

Troy -- The Trojans are a win over Arkansas State away from winning the Sun Belt outright and playing Southern Miss in a pretty good matchup. But if they lose to Arkansas State, the Trojans could be headed to the Independence Bowl.
Possibilities: New Orleans Bowl, Papjohns.com Bowl, Independence Bowl
Prediction: New Orleans Bowl

Still up for grabs: Papajohns.com Bowl, Independence Bowl
Contenders: Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee

INDEPENDENTS

Navy -- The Midshipmen have had a bowl game locked up for a couple weeks and since they are locked into the EagleBank Bowl this season, this is a no-brainer.
Possibilities: EagleBank Bowl
Prediction: EagleBank Bowl

Notre Dame -- Not sure what the Irish are going to do here and we probably won't know until the final games of the season are played. The Irish probably won't end up in a major bowl and could be playing in the Motor City, Papjohns.com Bowl or not at all (by their own wishes) depending on how things work out.
Possibilities: Brut Sun Bowl, at large
Prediction: At-large

MAC

Ball State -- The Cardinals have completed an undefeated regular season and have just the MAC championship remaining to decide their bowl fate. The Cardinals also have worked their way into the BCS picture, though I still think they're too far out to get a look.
Possibilities: Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Motor City Bowl, International Bowl, GMAC Bowl, at-large
Prediction: Motor City Bowl

Western Michigan -- Western Michigan moved ahead of Central Michigan after the Chippewas' loss to Eastern Michigan, which might keep the Broncos in the MAC Bowl tie-ins.
Possibilities: Motor City Bowl, International Bowl, GMAC Bowl, at-large
Prediction: GMAC Bowl

Central Michigan -- I once thought Central Michigan could still pull off the top MAC Bowl, but now, I believe they'll be an at-large team. There are a couple options, but we won't know until next week's games are finished.
Possibilities: Motor City Bowl, International Bowl, GMAC Bowl, at-large
Prediction: Hawaii Bowl

Buffalo -- Buffalo would love to win the MAC and play in Detroit, but the best bowl for their fans might be the International, which is less than 100 miles away from Buffalo.
Possibilities: Motor City Bowl, International Bowl, GMAC Bowl, at-large
Prediction: International Bowl

Still up for grabs: at-large
Contenders: Northern Illinois, Bowling Green

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