2013-14 college football bowl projections: Alabama vs. Oregon and all 34 other games

Matthew Emmons, USA Today; Jeff Gross, Getty

College football bowl game season, 2013-14 edition, begins a mere 25 weeks away.

First, I'm picking Alabama vs. Oregon for the last-ever non-playoff title game. Last year I picked LSU vs. Oregon, and the year before that, Alabama vs. Oregon. Can just keep picking it until it's right.

Each has significant losses, but everyone has losses. Each has arguably the easiest schedule in its conference, stability and stars at critical positions, and years of championship experience. We can admit this is the game we would've rather gotten last year, but second chances are beautiful.

The full slate of bowl projections as we near fall camp -- let's talk about it in the comments:

Bowl Selection (not always official order) Team Team
1/6/2014 BCS National Championship (Pasadena) BCS 1 vs. BCS 2 Alabama Oregon
1/3/2014 Orange (Miami) ACC 1 vs. BCS at-large 1 Clemson Louisville*
1/2/2014 Sugar (New Orleans) SEC 1 vs. BCS at-large 2 Georgia* Oklahoma State*
1/1/2014 Rose (Pasadena) Pac-12 1 vs. Big Ten 1 Ohio State Stanford*
1/1/2014 Fiesta (Glendale, AZ) Big 12 1 vs. Last BCS at-large Texas Boise State*
1/5/2014 GoDaddy (Mobile, AL) MAC 2 vs. Sun Belt 2 Bowling Green Western Kentucky
1/4/2014 BBVA Compass (B'ham) SEC 9 vs. AAC 5 Vanderbilt UConn
1/3/2014 Cotton (Arlington) Big 12 2 vs. SEC 3 TCU Texas A&M
1/1/2014 Capital One (Orlando) Big Ten 2 vs. SEC 2 Wisconsin LSU
1/1/2014 Gator (Jacksonville) Big Ten 5 vs. SEC 6 Michigan State Ole Miss
1/1/2014 Heart of Dallas Big Ten 7 vs. Big 12 8 Indiana Toledo**
1/1/2014 Outback (Tampa) Big Ten 3 vs. SEC 4 Michigan Florida
12/31/2013 Chick-fil-A (Atlanta) ACC 2 vs. SEC 5 Miami South Carolina
12/31/2013 Independence (Shreveport) SEC 10 vs. ACC 7 Louisiana-Lafayette** N.C. State
12/31/2013 Liberty (Memphis) C-USA 1 vs. SEC 8 Tulsa Auburn
12/31/2013 Sun (El Paso) ACC 4 vs. Pac-12 4 North Carolina UCLA
12/30/2013 Alamo (San Antonio) Big 12 3 vs. Pac-12 2 Oklahoma USC
12/30/2013 Armed Forces (Ft. Worth) MWC 3 vs. C-USA 3/Navy Utah State Marshall
12/30/2013 Holiday (San Diego) Pac-12 3 vs. Big 12 5 Arizona Kansas State
12/30/2013 Music City (Nashville) ACC 6 vs. SEC 7 Virginia Tech Missouri
12/28/2013 Belk (Charlotte) AAC 3 vs. ACC 5 UCF Georgia Tech
12/28/2013 Buffalo Wild Wings (PHX) Big 12 4 vs. Big Ten 4 Baylor Nebraska
12/28/2013 Pinstripe (New York) Big 12 7 vs. AAC 4 Notre Dame** Rutgers
12/28/2013 Russell Athletic (Orlando) AAC 2 vs. ACC 3 Cincinnati Florida State
12/27/2013 Kraft (San Francisco) Pac-12 6 vs. BYU/ACC 9 Arizona State BYU
12/27/2013 Military (Annapolis) ACC 8 vs. C-USA 5 Pitt Rice
12/27/2013 Texas (Houston) Big 12 6 vs. Big Ten 6 Texas Tech Northwestern
12/26/2013 Little Caesars (Detroit) MAC 1 vs. Big Ten 8 Northern Illinois Arkansas State**
12/26/2013 Poinsettia (San Diego) MWC 2 vs. Army San Diego State Ball State**
12/24/2013 Hawaii MWC 5 vs. C-USA 2 Air Force East Carolina
12/23/2013 Beef O'Brady's (St. Pete.) AAC 6 vs. C-USA 4 Houston Louisiana Tech
12/21/2013 Idaho Potato (Boise) MAC 3 vs. MWC 6 Ohio Wyoming
12/21/2013 Las Vegas MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 5 Fresno State Oregon State
12/21/2013 New Mexico (Albuquerque) MWC 4 vs. Pac-12 7 San Jose State Washington
12/21/2013 New Orleans Sun Belt 1 vs. C-USA 6 ULM Middle Tennessee

* BCS at-larges

In this scenario, only three teams would be locked into BCS spots (ACC champion Clemson, Big Ten champ Ohio State, and Big 12 champ Texas). The Sugar and Rose would get the first two at-large picks, due to having given up the SEC and Pac-12 winners, respectively, to the title game.

Sugar: If the SEC goes first (since Alabama will be No. 1, won't it, comrade?), the Sugar will likely roll with an SEC team, as it takes its Southern ties seriously. And has a College Football Playoff partner to keep happy. Good luck agreeing on one name here, but if Georgia has one or two losses, let's say it takes the spot after being passed over (fairly, perhaps) the year before.

Rose: A one-loss Stanford could be a worthy choice to replace Oregon. It would also preserve traditional league ties. Plus, Cardinal fans bought up last season's Rose Bowl ticket allotment almost a full month in advance and increased their 2013 season ticket numbers, meaning Stanford's even more appealing now.

Orange: After picking last seemingly every year ever, the Orange gets to go next. Finally, the chance to have something besides ACC-Big East! Except ACC-former Big East might be the pick (the AAC champion is promised a BCS spot, for one more year). That's especially if Teddy Bridgewater's a Heisman finalist and in line to be the No. 1 NFL Draft pick. And since the ACC will soon hold even more sway over the Orange, it could push to feature two eventual ACC teams. Guaranteed win, sort of.

Sugar: Up again, and it could keep its other future Playoff buddy happy by taking a Big 12 team, unless a can't-misser from elsewhere presents itself. I'd love to have TCU here, but Oklahoma State has a significantly friendlier schedule. Dawgs-Pokes could pair two of the country's five or so most explosive offenses. TV's satisfied.

Fiesta: If a Mountain West-champion Boise State finishes in the BCS' top 12 or in the top 16 and above any AQ champ, it's guaranteed a spot in a BCS bowl. (Look at Boise State's schedule; odds are pretty good.) In this scenario, anyone besides Boise State to the Sugar would nail down Texas vs. the Broncos. Bryan Harsin's former teams meeting at last isn't much of a storyline. Every Oklahoma fan's watching, though.

** Fill-in teams

You know, just Notre Dame and Arkansas State being associates and contemporaries, as they often do.

The Irish are in double-asterisk world because they can't use their ACC bowl ties yet and their Big East ones just ran out. That means if they don't make a BCS game, they're stuck hoping some conference can't fill all its spots or an independent with a tie (Army, BYU, or Navy) isn't eligible. The lesser bowls are also hoping this.

The Big 12's Pinstripe slot makes sense for the Irish, since the conference is sending two to the BCS here and I don't have West Virginia, Iowa State, or Kansas making six wins. Bob Costas is standing at your doorstep right now with a carol he wrote about Notre Dame playing in Yankee Stadium again. Answer him or not, he'll remain.

After that, it's less political. We'll keep MAC teams from playing MAC teams, send the Louisiana team to the available Louisiana bowl (imagine that!), try to line up the other couple according to bowl payouts and team name brands, and that's that.

Other than that

Everything else more or less lines up according to my projected standings, except for a few complications. We can talk about all that in the comments.

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