Bowl Projections, Week 13: At Least The SEC Rematch Will Be Better Than The Orange Bowl

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05: Fans cheer for the "Saban Bowl" prior to the game between Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

SB Nation will have superior bowl projections out on Monday, but for now, here's an attempt to make sense of the scenarios.

A week of utter BCS chaos did not leave the lower bowl games unaffected, but at least the carnage was more subdued. We even got a measure of stability, with both BYU and Arkansas State already accepting bowl bids. Only ... yeah, still almost 70 more to go. But it's a start.

A handful of conferences will be taking more or less than their share, and slotting teams into other conference's positions goes beyond the available calculus and enters the realm of psychology. But wheeeeeee!

How's that happen? Conference USA has seven affiliated bowl bids, for example, but will almost certainly have only five eligible teams, once ECU or Marshall takes out the other. The Big Ten, meanwhile, has eight spots in which to cram nine or even 10 teams, depending on Purdue. The SEC might not be able to fill its Compass obligations if it sends two to the title game and thus three to the BCS, which is farfetched, but can happen.

Week 13 bowl projections, compiled around 2 am ET. An asterisk means a team is already slotted.

 

Bowl Date Matchup

 

National Championship 1/9/2011 LSU vs. Alabama

 

Rose 1/2/2011 Michigan State vs. Oregon

 

Fiesta 1/2/2011 Oklahoma State vs. Stanford

 

Sugar 1/3/2011 Michigan vs. Houston

 

Orange 1/4/2011 Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers

 

GoDaddy.com 1/8/2011 Arkansas State* vs. Northern Illinois

 

Compass 1/7/2011 Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt

 

Cotton 1/6/2011 South Carolina vs. Kansas State

 

Outback 1/2/2011 Georgia vs. Penn State

 

Gator 1/2/2011 Florida vs. Ohio State

 

Capital One 1/2/2011 Arkansas vs. Wisconsin

 

TicketCity 1/2/2011 Illinois vs. Iowa State

 

Chick-fil-A 12/31/2011 Auburn vs. Clemson

 

Liberty 12/31/2011 Mississippi State vs. Southern Miss

 

Kraft Fight Hunger 12/31/2011 Cal vs. N.C. State

 

Sun 12/31/2011 Virginia vs. Arizona State

 

Meineke Car Care 12/31/2011 Nebraska vs. Texas A&M

 

Insight 12/30/2011 Iowa vs. Baylor

 

Music City 12/30/2011 Tennessee vs. North Carolina

 

Pinstripe 12/30/2011 Missouri vs. Louisville

 

Armed Forces 12/30/2011 BYU* vs. Tulsa

 

Alamo 12/29/2011 Oklahoma vs. UCLA

 

Champs Sports 12/29/2011 Notre Dame vs. Florida State

 

Holiday 12/28/2011 Texas vs. Utah

 

Military 12/28/2011 Wake Forest vs. Air Force

 

Belk 12/27/2011 Georgia Tech vs. West Virginia

 

Little Caesars 12/27/2011 Purdue vs. Ohio

 

Independence 12/26/2011 Miami vs. Wyoming

 

Hawaii 12/24/2011 Hawaii vs. Northwestern

 

Maaco 12/22/2011 Washington vs. TCU

 

Poinsettia 12/21/2011 Louisiana Tech vs. Boise State

 

Beef O'Brady's 12/20/2011 USF vs. SMU

 

New Orleans 12/17/2011 ULL vs. Marshall

 

Famous Idaho Potato 12/17/2011 Nevada vs. Toledo

 

New Mexico 12/17/2011 Utah State vs. San Diego State

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