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 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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