2012 bowl projections, Week 11: Alabama-Oregon title game, Cotton Bowl rights a wrong

Darren Carroll

Fixes it for a season, at least. This week's bowl projections have Alabama and Oregon solidifying their title shots, two major in-state rivalries meeting in the postseason, the MAC and Sun Belt happily taking bowl game slots and more.

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.


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Bowl Date Matchup Team Team

BCS National Championship 1/7/2013 BCS 1 vs. BCS 2 Alabama Oregon

Fiesta 1/3/2013 Big 12 1 vs. At-large 1 Kansas State Notre Dame

Sugar 1/2/2013 SEC 1 vs. At-large 2 Georgia Oklahoma

Orange 1/1/2013 ACC 1 vs. At-large 3 Florida State Louisville

Rose 1/1/2013 Pac-12 1 vs. Big Ten 1 USC Nebraska

GoDaddy 1/6/2013 MAC vs. Sun Belt 2 NIU WKU

BBVA Compass 1/5/2013 SEC 8/9 vs. Big East 5/C-USA Vanderbilt ULM*

Cotton 1/4/2013 Big 12 2 vs. SEC Texas Texas A&M

Heart of Dallas 1/1/2013 Big Ten 7 vs. C-USA Nevada* UCF

Outback 1/1/2013 Big Ten 3 vs. SEC Wisconsin LSU

Gator 1/1/2013 Big Ten 4/5 vs. SEC 6 Northwestern Mississippi State

Capital One 1/1/2013 Big Ten 2 vs. SEC 2 Michigan Florida

Sun 12/31/2012 ACC 4 vs. Pac-12 4 Oregon State N.C. State

Music City 12/31/2012 ACC 6 vs. SEC 7 Ole Miss Duke

Liberty 12/31/2012 C-USA 1 vs. Big East/SEC 8/9 Tulsa Tennessee

Chick-fil-A 12/31/2012 ACC 2 vs. SEC 5 Clemson South Carolina

Pinstripe 12/29/2012 Big 12 7 vs. Big East 4 Iowa State Pitt

Kraft 12/29/2012 Pac-12 6 vs. Navy Arizona State Navy

Buffalo Wild Wings 12/29/2012 Big 12 4 vs. Big Ten 4/5 TCU Michigan State

Armed Forces 12/29/2012 MWC vs. C-USA Air Force ECU

Alamo 12/29/2012 Big 12 3 vs. Pac-12 2 Stanford Texas Tech

Russell Athletic 12/28/2012 Big East 2 vs. ACC 3 Cincinnati Miami

Meineke 12/28/2012 Big 12 6 vs. Big Ten 6 Oklahoma State Minnesota

Independence 12/28/2012 SEC 10 vs. ACC 7 ULL* Louisiana Tech*

Military 12/27/2012 ACC 8 vs. Army Ohio* San Jose State*

Holiday 12/27/2012 Pac-12 3 vs. Big 12 5 UCLA West Virginia

Belk 12/27/2012 Big East 3 vs. ACC 5 Rutgers Virginia Tech

Little Caesars 12/26/2012 MAC vs. Big Ten 8 Toledo MTSU*

Hawaii 12/24/2012 MWC/WAC vs. C-USA San Diego State Bowling Green*

New Orleans 12/22/2012 Sun Belt 1 vs. C-USA Arkansas State Ball State*

Las Vegas 12/22/2012 MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 5 Fresno State Washington

Beef O'Brady's 12/21/2012 Big East 6 vs. C-USA Miami (OH)* ??

Poinsettia 12/20/2012 MWC 2 vs. BYU Boise State BYU

New Mexico 12/15/2012 MWC 4/5 vs. Pac-12 7/WAC New Mexico Arizona

Idaho Potato 12/15/2012 MAC 3 vs. WAC Kent State Utah State

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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