Complete 2011-12 Bowl Projections: What If Oklahoma State Does Jump Alabama?

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05: Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is tackled by Eric Reid #1 of the LSU Tigers during their game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Two predictions for every bowl game. One in a world where the SEC is already guaranteed another national championship, and one in which Oklahoma State kicks in the door. Bowl game bids and pairings as they're announced right here.

Coming into Saturday, the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide meeting again in the BCS National Championship Game seemed like a sure thing. If the Georgia Bulldogs could score an upset against LSU, and if the Oklahoma St. Cowboys looked dominant in Bedlam, then maybe there'd be an outside shot the voters could slip the Pokes into New Orleans.

But what was supposed to happen if OSU looked that dominant? 44-10?

I still think Alabama is better, and I think LSU-Georgia analyst Gary Danielson's State of the BCS Address soothed rematch angst in certain pockets of the country, but the fact that SEC powers are lobbying for Bama -- Nick Saban, thanks for stopping by College GameDay! -- does show THE REMATCH OF THE CENTURY is not being taken for granted in Birmingham.


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With that in mind, here are two sets of 2011-12 bowl projections. Clean and unclean. The first will fly just fine in SEC country, but sneak past that one for what could happen around the nation if the humans in charge decide they don't want to see a repeat.

Both piles of bowl projections, with locked-in teams bolded:

 

Date Bowl Team Team

 

12/17/2011 Gildan New Mexico San Diego State (8-4) Western Michigan (7-5)

 

12/17/2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Toledo (8-4) Utah State (7-5)

 

12/17/2011 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Marshall (6-6) UL-Lafayette (8-4)

 

12/20/2011 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Iowa State (6-6) Florida International (8-4)

 

12/21/2011 SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl Wyoming (8-4) Louisiana Tech (8-4)

 

12/22/2011 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Boise State (11-1) Arizona State (6-6)

 

12/24/2011 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Nevada (7-5) SMU (7-5)

 

12/26/2011 Advocare Independence Bowl Air Force (7-5) N.C. State (7-5)

 

12/27/2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Northwestern (6-6) Ohio (9-4)

 

12/27/2011 Belk Bowl North Carolina (7-5) Louisville (7-5)

 

12/28/2011 Military Bowl Wake Forest (6-6) Temple (8-4)

 

12/28/2011 Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl Texas (7-5) California (7-5)

 

12/29/2011 Champs Sports Bowl Florida State (8-4) Notre Dame (8-4)

 

12/29/2011 Valero Alamo Bowl Kansas State (10-2) Washington (7-5)

 

12/30/2011 Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl Tulsa (8-4) BYU (9-3)

 

12/30/2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Missouri (7-5) Rutgers (8-4)

 

12/30/2011 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Virginia (8-4) Mississippi State (6-6)

 

12/30/2011 Insight Bowl Baylor (9-3) Penn State (9-3)

 

12/31/2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Texas A&M (6-6) Iowa (7-5)

 

12/31/2011 Hyundai Sun Bowl Georgia Tech (8-4) Utah (7-5)

 

12/31/2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Cincinnati (9-3) Vanderbilt (6-6)

 

12/31/2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl UCLA (6-7) Illinois (6-6)

 

12/31/2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl Auburn (7-5) Virginia Tech (11-2)

 

1/2/2011 TicketCity Bowl Purdue (6-6) Houston (12-1)

 

1/2/2011 Outback Bowl Nebraska (9-3) South Carolina (10-2)

 

1/2/2011 Capital One Bowl Michigan State (10-3) Georgia (10-3)

 

1/2/2011 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Ohio State (6-6) Florida (6-6)

 

1/6/2011 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Oklahoma (9-3) Arkansas (10-2)

 

1/7/2011 BBVA Compass Bowl Pitt (6-6) Southern Miss (11-2)

 

1/8/2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl Northern Illinois (10-3) Arkansas State (10-2)

 

1/2/2011 Rose Bowl Wisconsin (11-2) Oregon (11-2)

 

1/2/2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma State (11-1) Stanford (11-1)

 

1/3/2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl Michigan (10-2) TCU (10-2)

 

1/4/2011 Discover Orange Bowl Clemson (10-3) West Virginia (9-3)

 

1/9/2011 Allstate BCS National Championship Game Alabama (11-1) LSU (13-0)

And your rematch-proof projections:

 

 

Date Bowl Team Team

 

12/17/2011 Gildan New Mexico San Diego State (8-4) Western Michigan (7-5)

 

12/17/2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Toledo (8-4) Utah State (7-5)

 

12/17/2011 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Marshall (6-6) UL-Lafayette (8-4)

 

12/20/2011 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Wyoming (8-4) Florida International (8-4)

 

12/21/2011 SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl Boise State (11-1) Louisiana Tech (8-4)

 

12/22/2011 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas TCU (10-2) Arizona State (6-6)

 

12/24/2011 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Nevada (7-5) SMU (7-5)

 

12/26/2011 Advocare Independence Bowl Air Force (7-5) N.C. State (7-5)

 

12/27/2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Northwestern (6-6) Ohio (9-4)

 

12/27/2011 Belk Bowl North Carolina (7-5) Louisville (7-5)

 

12/28/2011 Military Bowl Wake Forest (6-6) Temple (8-4)

 

12/28/2011 Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl Missouri (7-5) California (7-5)

 

12/29/2011 Champs Sports Bowl Florida State (8-4) Notre Dame (8-4)

 

12/29/2011 Valero Alamo Bowl Baylor (9-3) Washington (7-5)

 

12/30/2011 Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl Tulsa (8-4) BYU (9-3)

 

12/30/2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Iowa State (6-6) Rutgers (8-4)

 

12/30/2011 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Virginia (8-4) Mississippi State (6-6)

 

12/30/2011 Insight Bowl Texas (7-5) Penn State (9-3)

 

12/31/2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Texas A&M (6-6) Iowa (7-5)

 

12/31/2011 Hyundai Sun Bowl Georgia Tech (8-4) Utah (7-5)

 

12/31/2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Cincinnati (9-3) Vanderbilt (6-6)

 

12/31/2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl UCLA (6-7) Illinois (6-6)

 

12/31/2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl Auburn (7-5) Virginia Tech (11-2)

 

1/2/2011 TicketCity Bowl Purdue (6-6) Houston (12-1)

 

1/2/2011 Outback Bowl Nebraska (9-3) South Carolina (10-2)

 

1/2/2011 Capital One Bowl Michigan State (10-3) Georgia (10-3)

 

1/2/2011 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Ohio State (6-6) Florida (6-6)

 

1/6/2011 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Oklahoma (9-3) Arkansas (10-2)

 

1/7/2011 BBVA Compass Bowl Pitt (6-6) Southern Miss (11-2)

 

1/8/2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl Northern Illinois (10-3) Arkansas State (10-2)

 

1/2/2011 Rose Bowl Wisconsin (11-2) Oregon (11-2)

 

1/2/2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Kansas State (10-2) Michigan (10-2)

 

1/3/2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl Stanford (11-1) Alabama (11-1)

 

1/4/2011 Discover Orange Bowl Clemson (10-3) West Virginia (9-3)

 

1/9/2011 Allstate BCS National Championship Game Oklahoma State (11-1) LSU (13-0)

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