2011-12 Bowl Projections!!!
Today’s blogs gives you a look at all my bowl projections for the upcoming season. Naturally these projections can be found on page 2 and 16 in my 2011 College Football Preview but I include them on my site because we update the projections as the season progresses and also as the teams accept bowl bids.
The Humanitarian Bowl has been renamed the Idaho Potato Bowl. The Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas has replaced the Texas Bowl while the former Meineke Car Bowl will now be called the Belk Bowl. Also there have been some date changes for many bowl games including all New Year’s Day bowl games being played on January 2nd instead of January 1st with New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday (NFL).
Other Bowl Notes:
The order of selection for this year’s BCS games is Fiesta, Sugar, Orange. However, the bowls that lose host conference champions to the BCS title game get to replace those teams before other selections are made.
Notre Dame is eligible for all bowls in which the Big East has a commitment, as well as the BCS. It also serves as the backup for the Big 12 in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Navy will be invited to the Military Bowl if it qualifies for selection while Army will be invited to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl if it qualifies for selection. For the 2011 season, a 9th bowl-eligible ACC team is next in line to fill either the PAC-12 or Army’s slot, if necessary.
BYU will be invited to the Armed Forces Bowl if it qualifies for selection.
Sun Belt teams with records of 7-5 or better are next in line to fill the Big 10′s slot in the Little Caesar’s Bowl if the Big 10 does not have an eligible team. The Sun Belt is also the first backup for any opening in the St. Petersburg Bowl, and has a secondary provisional agreement for the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Finally Hawaii is automatically invited to the Hawaii Bowl if it has at least 7 wins. Otherwise, the WAC sends its 3rd-place team.
Here are my 2011-12 Bowl Projections!
|NEW MEXICO BOWL||IDAHO POTATO BOWL||NEW ORLEANS BOWL|
|DEC 17 • ESPN @ 2:00 PM||DEC 17 •ESPN @ 5:30 PM||DEC 17 • ESPN @ 9:00 PM|
|MWC #4 or #5 vs Pac-12 #7||WAC #1 or #2 vs MAC #3||Sun Belt #1 vs CUSA #5|
|Projection: San Diego St vs Temple*||Projection: Utah St vs Ohio||Projection: Louisiana vs Marshall|
|BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S BOWL||POINSETTIA BOWL||LAS VEGAS BOWL|
|DEC 20 • ESPN @ 8:00 PM||DEC 21 • ESPN @ 8:00 PM||DEC 22 • ESPN @ 8:00 PM|
|Big East #6 vs CUSA #4||MWC #2 vs WAC||MWC #1 vs Pac-12 #5|
|Projection: FIU vs Tulsa||Projection: TCU vs La Tech||Projection: Boise St vs Arizona St|
|HAWAII BOWL||INDEPENDENCE BOWL||LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL|
|DEC 24 • ESPN @ 8:00 PM||DEC 26 • ESPN2 @ 5:00 PM||DEC 27 • ESPN @ 4:30 PM|
|WAC #2 or Hawaii vs CUSA #2||MWC #3 vs ACC #7||Big Ten #8 vs MAC #1 or #2|
|Projection: Nevada vs SMU||Projection: Wyoming vs Wake Forest||Projection: Northwestern vs Toledo|
|BELK BOWL||MILITARY BOWL||HOLIDAY BOWL|
|DEC 27 • ESPN @ 8:00 PM||DEC 28 • ESPN @ 4:30 PM||DEC 28 • ESPN @ 8:00 PM|
|ACC #5 vs Big East #3||ACC #8 vs Navy or at-large||Pac-12 #3 vs Big 12 #5|
|Projection: NC State vs Louisville||Projection: North Carolina vs Air Force||Projection: California vs Iowa St|
|CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL||ALAMO BOWL||ARMED FORCES BOWL|
|DEC 29 • ESPN @ 5:30 PM||DEC 29 • ESPN @ 9:00 PM||DEC 30 • ESPN @ Noon|
|ACC #3 vs Big East #2 or ND||Pac-12 #2 vs Big 12 #3||CUSA #3 vs MWC #4 or #5 or BYU|
|Projection: Florida St vs Notre Dame||Projection: Washington vs Baylor||Projection: Southern Miss vs BYU|
|PINSTRIPE BOWL||MUSIC CITY BOWL||INSIGHT BOWL|
|DEC 30 • ESPN @ 3:20 PM||DEC 30 • ESPN @ 6:40 PM||DEC 30 • ESPN @ 10:00 PM|
|Big East #4 vs Big 12 #7||ACC #6 vs SEC #7||Big 12 #4 vs Big 10 #4|
|Projection: Rutgers vs Missouri||Projection: Virginia vs Miss St||Projection: Texas vs Penn St|
|MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL||SUN BOWL||LIBERTY BOWL|
|DEC 31 • ESPN @ NOON||DEC 31 • CBS @ 2:00 PM||DEC 31 • ABC @ 3:30 PM|
|Big Ten #6 vs Big #6||ACC #4 vs Pac-12 #4||CUSA #1 vs SEC #8|
|Projection: Iowa vs Texas A&M||Projection: Georgia Tech vs Utah||Projection: Cincinnati vs Vanderbilt|
|KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL||CHICK-FIL-A BOWL||TICKET CITY BOWL|
|DEC 31 • ESPN @ 3:30 PM||DEC 31 • ESPN @ 7:30 PM||JAN 2 • ESPNU @ NOON|
|PAC-10 #6 vs ACC or Army||ACC #2 vs SEC #5||Big 10 #7 vs CUSA|
|Projection: UCLA vs Illinois*||Projection: Virginia Tech vs Auburn||Projection: Purdue vs Houston|
|OUTBACK BOWL||CAPITAL ONE BOWL||GATOR BOWL|
|JAN 2 • ABC @ 1:00 PM||JAN 2 • ESPN @ 1:00 PM||JAN 2 • ESPN2 1:00 PM|
|Big Ten #3 vs SEC #3 or #4||Big Ten #2 vs SEC #2||Big 10 #4 or #5 vs SEC #6|
|Projection: Michigan St vs Georgia||Projection: Nebraska vs South Carolina||Projection: Ohio St vs Florida|
|ROSE BOWL||SUGAR BOWL||ORANGE BOWL|
|JAN 2 • ESPN @ 5:00 PM||JAN 2 • ESPN @ 8:30 PM||JAN 4 • ESPN @ 8:00 PM|
|BCS Pac-12 vs BCS Big 10||BCS SEC Champ vs BCS At-Large||BCS ACC Champ vs BCS At-Large|
|Projection: Oregon vs Wisconsin||Projection: Michigan vs Kansas St||Projection: Clemson vs West Virginia|
|FIESTA BOWL||COTTON BOWL||BBVA COMPASS BOWL|
|JAN 5 • ESPN @ 8:30 PM||JAN 6 • FOX @ 8:00 PM||JAN 8 • ESPN @ Noon|
|BCS Big 12 Champ vs BCS At-Large||Big 12 #2 vs SEC #3 or #4||Big East #5 vs SEC #8 or #9|
|Projection: Oklahoma St vs Stanford||Projection: Oklahoma vs Arkansas||Projection: Pittsburgh vs Western Michigan|
|GODADDY.COM BOWL||BCS CHAMPIONSHIP|
|TBA • TBA @ TBA||JAN 9 • ESPN @ 8:30 PM|
|MAC #1 or #2 vs SBC #2||BCS #1 vs BCS #2|
|Projection: Northern Illinois vs Arkansas St||Projection: LSU vs Alabama|