The top of this week's bowl projections remain similar: Alabama and Oregon in the BCS National Championship, and Kansas State and Notre Dame (which will have one loss, I'll declare) unfairly relegated to the Fiesta Bowl consolation. After Saturday night's games, which showed the logical summits (or valleys) of both SEC and Pac-12 football, I think many, many people want to see the Ducks and Tide collide, and I think we'll get to.
The Fiesta gets first AQ pick this year, and if Notre Dame has two or fewer losses, it is almost certainly the pick. Bowls like money.
The Sugar is up next. With Boise State and all other non-AQs likely out of the discussion this year and the Big Ten still looking like one big mess, a two-loss Oklahoma team (with two exquisite losses, as far as losses go) can benefit. The Orange gets last pick, and Florida State-Louisville really does look more interesting by the week.
But the highlight of all this: that Cotton Bowl, which would force Texas and Texas A&M to play nice after splitting up their Thanksgiving rivalry. And to do it in Dallas, too. Even if the Sooners don't get that BCS spot, if everything holds, the Cotton would have to hate money to pass this one up. Bowls like money.
The Chick-fil-A can also pull off a rivalry rematch, this one of a game that just happened. Both Clemson and South Carolina will be right within the Georgia Dome's picking window, and with nothing else in the ACC looking all that exciting, it's either a guaranteed sellout or something like Clemson-Mississippi State or South Carolina-Miami. Bowls like money!
Other wonderful events: ULM gets to take on another BCS opponent after nearly knocking off three, Michigan and Florida combine for null passing yards, Rutgers and Virginia Tech combine for null yards of any kind, the Poinsettia hopes and prays you didn't watch the first Boise State-BYU game, UCLA and West Virginia combine for every yard, UL Lafayette and Louisiana Tech brawl in perhaps the highest-stakes Independence Bowl ever, Arizona State and Navy form some sort of cultural exchange program, a very confused Duke fan tailgates at an Ole Miss game, and Tommy Tuberville openly covets Stanford's bigs-heavy offense.
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