Bowl Projections

The author of this piece has never been shy about going out on a limb, and this column is certainly no exception.

I'm calling for the nuclear option in the BCS this year. The ultimate nightmare scenario, or poetic justice for college football's extremely convoluted way of determining a national championship.

On November 18th, Cal wins at USC to claim the Pac-10 title, SEC powerhouse Florida is upset at arch-rival Florida State, and #1 Ohio State beats #2 Michigan on a last-second field goal.

One week later, USC again at home to Notre Dame.

On December 2nd, Texas loses to Missouri in what is essentially a road game in Kansas City in the Big 12 Championship Game, and Florida beats Auburn in a rematch for the SEC title.

That leaves four teams with one loss – West Virginia, Louisville, Michigan, and Notre Dame – but the Big East schools are out because of their lack of strength in the BCS computers. The human voters give the nod to the Wolverines because of their convincing win earlier this year in South Bend.

Think this scenario is far-fetched? Think again. Remember 1998 and 2001? We've seen late-season craziness in the BCS before.

PS…Everyone seems to be forgetting that it's Boston College, not Clemson, which controls its own destiny in the ACC. Remember, the Eagles beat the Tigers earlier this year in overtime.

The National Championship Game

BCS #1 vs. BCS #2

Michigan (11-1) vs. Ohio State (12-0)

Sugar Bowl

BCS vs. SEC Champ (if available)
Louisville (11-1) vs. Florida (11-2)

Orange Bowl

BCS vs. ACC Champ (if available)

West Virginia (11-1) vs. Boston College (11-2)

Fiesta Bowl

BCS vs. Big 12 Champ (if available)

Boise State (12-0) vs. Missouri (11-2)

Rose Bowl

Pac-10 Champ vs. Big Ten Champ (if available)

Notre Dame (11-1) vs. California (11-1)


Conference USA vs. MAC

Kent State vs. Southern Mississippi

International Bowl

MAC vs. Big East

Western Michigan vs. South Florida

Capitol One Bowl

SEC vs. Big Ten

Tennessee vs. Iowa

Outback Bowl

SEC vs. Big Ten

LSU vs. Wisconsin

Cotton Bowl

SEC vs. Big 12

Texas vs. Auburn

Gator Bowl

ACC vs. Big 12 or Big East

Clemson vs. Rutgers

Chick-Fil-A Bowl


Georgia Tech vs. Arkansas

Meineke Car Care Bowl

ACC vs. Big East/Navy

Navy vs. Miami, Fla.

Liberty Bowl

Conference USA vs. SEC

Tulsa vs. South Carolina

Alamo Bowl

Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Oklahoma vs. Penn State

Insight Bowl

Big Ten vs. Big 12

Michigan State vs. Kansas State

Sun Bowl

Big 12/Big East vs. Pac-10

Nebraska vs. Oregon

Music City Bowl


Georgia vs. Virginia Tech

Champs Sports Bowl

Big Ten vs. ACC

Purdue vs. Florida State

MPC Computers Bowl


Nevada vs. Wake Forest

Texas Bowl

Big 12 vs. Big East

Texas Tech vs. Pittsburgh

Holiday Bowl

Big 12 vs. Pac-10

Texas A&M vs. USC

Independence Bowl

SEC vs. Big 12

Alabama vs. Oklahoma State

Emerald Bowl

Pac-10 vs. ACC

Washington State vs. Maryland

*Motor City Bowl

MAC vs. Big Ten

Central Michigan vs. N.C. State

Hawaii Bowl

Pac-10 vs. WAC

Washington State vs. Hawaii

Fort Worth Bowl

Mountain West vs. Conference USA


Birmingham Bowl

Conference USA vs. Big East/MAC

Houston vs. Northern Illinois

New Mexico Bowl

Mountain West vs. WAC

Colorado State vs. San Jose State

New Orleans Bowl

Sun Belt vs. Conference USA

Arkansas State vs. SMU

Las Vegas Bowl

Pac-10 vs. Mountain West

Arizona State vs. BYU

Poinsettia Bowl

Mountain West vs. At-large

Air Force vs. UCLA

*=An at-large team was selected since conference tie-in was unavailable




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