Oregon Ducks mascot 'Puddles' tosses some tortillas into the crowd as time winds down in the fourth quarter of the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on December 4 2010 in Corvallis Oregon. The Ducks beat the Beavers 37-20 to likely go on the BCS Championship game at the Tostitos Bowl on January 10 2011. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Bowl Projections: BCS National Championship Game Should Be Oregon Vs. Auburn

The BCS title game berths are as good as sewn up for the Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks.

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BCS Championship Projections: Clear The Way For Oregon And Auburn

With most of Championship Saturday in the books, it's safe to start making some more 2010 college football bowl projections (although it doesn't take much projecting to see the big picture from here):

Surprising absolutely no one, your BCS national title matchup will, barring an unforeseeable and inexplicable act of God, pair the undefeated duo of the BCS No. 2 Oregon Ducks and the No. 1 Auburn Tigers in Glendale. While there is much to love and admire about this year's TCU team, the cold fact remains that they were idle this week while Oregon handily beat their most hated rivals and Auburn won college football's highest-profile conference championship by a godzillion points. Voters will not be rewarding the Horned Frogs. That's just the way it is.

As soon as the selections for remaining bowl slots are announced, you'll be able to read about them in our 2010 bowl selections StoryStream. For a complete college football postseason schedule, click here.

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Bowl Projections: LSU's Possible Destinations Range From Capital One To Cotton

With Week 13's loss to Arkansas, LSU has dropped from the top five to BCS No. 10. That's still high enough for a New Year's Day bowl bid, but the Tigers have obliterated any hope of a shot at the Sugar. Popular wisdom at the moment (again, this is assuming Auburn doesn't collapse this weekend in the SEC Championship Game) projects Les Miles & Co. to take their game to either the Capital One Bowl versus Michigan State or the Cotton Bowl versus Texas A&M.

Either way, it'll be a sunny January for the Tigers. And although both potential opponents are considerably lower-ranked, don't count out either squad. The Aggies played common opponent Arkansas slightly closer than did the Tigers, and the Spartans are going to be fighting mad at ending up at the bottom of the one-loss Big Ten scrum.

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Bowl Projections: Oklahoma Vs. Nebraska Means Sooners To The Fiesta

Now here's a simple destiny with a simple path to get there. With the head-to-head advantage over Oklahoma State, the Oklahoma Sooners are headed to the Big 12 Championship Game. If they can get by Nebraska, they're in the Fiesta Bowl, easy as that.

And speaking of easy, the Sooners will have a laughable cakewalk of a time in Glendale if the Fiesta Bowl selectors have to take the Big East champion with the last pick. Be it UConn or West Virginia, Oklahoma should absolutely stampede any team from that conference. What'll be really interesting is if the Orange Bowl takes the Huskies or Mountaineers instead and the Fiesta ends up with a Stanford-Oklahoma slate. Everybody involved would win with a geographically favorable matchup for the ACC and Big East fanbases in Miami and two westerly-based teams in Arizona.

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Bowl Projections: Michigan State Likely Orlando-Bound For Capital One

With all three one-loss Big Ten teams winning in Week 13, the Wisconsin-Ohio State-Michigan State scrum remains intact. And with all three teams retaining their respective order in the BCS standings, the Spartans are set to receive the lowest-tier bowl invite. Wisconsin is projected to snag a Rose Bowl berth, and Ohio State is a likely at-large selection for the Sugar Bowl, leaving Michigan State free to spend New Year's Day in Orlando for the Capital One Bowl.

The Spartans' probable opponent, barring a shakeup in the SEC Championship Game that would throw that conference picture into disarray, will be LSU or Alabama. Either way, MSU will face a tough test getting past a stingy defense. (Personally, I'm pulling for the Crimson Tide to get the nod, just to see Mark Dantonio and Nick Saban face off in a halftime contest to see who can melt a chunk of granite with his steely death-stare the fastest.

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Bowl Projections 2010: Arkansas Gears Up For Five Weeks Of Sugar-Related Puns

Barring a South Carolina upset of Auburn in next Saturday's SEC Championship Game, there's little mystery surrounding the 2010 participants in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. With the Tigers presumably bound for the national title game in Glendale, selection officials were all set heading into Week 13 to extend an invitation to the winner of the LSU-Arkansas game.

The Razorbacks' surprise upset does prevent the possibility of a nice grudge match between Ohio State and LSU, but football-wise, it's a better pairing. Arkansas' offense against Ohio State's defense will be a marquee-caliber showdown in a marquee setting. And while the Buckeyes don't have a happy history in New Orleans or against SEC teams in the postseason, this year's outfit comes with a rather potent offense of its own. Neither starting quarterback looks poised to capture the Heisman Trophy this year, but Ryan Mallett versus Terrelle Pryor should be quite the quarterbacks duel.

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