Preview 2013 - Bowl Projections
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Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier
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Posted Aug 15, 2013


Preview 2013 - The preseason look and projections for the 2013-2014 bowl matchups.


Preview 2013

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Wed, Jan 1 5 pm ESPN
Rose Bowl Game Presented By VIZIO
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
BCS (Pac-12 champion if not in BCS championship) vs. BCS (Big Ten champion if not in BCS championship)

CFN Preview 2013 Projected Matchup: Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Top Three Other Options: 1) Ohio State, 2) Stanford, 3) Nebraska

Why? Have you seen Wisconsin's schedule? It can lose to Ohio State and still get back to the Big Ten title game with a little bit of reasonable help. There's something very Buffalo Billish about these Badgers, and in this case, like it was for the Bills, bad things might come in fours. On the plus side, in terms of entertainment value, the last three Rose Bowl losses from Bucky have made for fantastic theater, including the 2012 version when time ran out on Russell Wilson in an epic shootout with the Ducks. A one-loss Oregon or Stanford probably goes off to the BCS championship, but the Pac-12 is just tough enough to hand each of them two defeats.

Wed, Jan 1 8:30 pm ESPN
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
BCS vs. BCS (Big 12 champion if not in BCS championship)

CFN Preview 2013 Projected Matchup: Notre Dame vs. Fresno State

Top Three Other Options: 1) Texas, 2) Oklahoma, 3) Oklahoma State

Why? With no set bowl tie-in, it's not exactly BCS or Bust for the Irish - some bowl would happily break a contract to get them - but everything can be quick and easy by winning ten games. No, Notre Dame won't get/force every break in the book like last year, but 10-2 isn't a crazy goal. If the Fiesta Bowl loses the Big 12 champion to the BCS championship, it'll get either the first or second pick of at-large teams and would jump all over Brian Kelly's club. However, if the Big 12 champion ends up here, put Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl with the Fiesta last in the pecking order of at-large teams; if it doesn't lose the Big 12 champ to Pasadena. Meanwhile, watch out for the Mountain West winner. Fresno State has all the talent and all the tools to be this year's Northern Illinois, only a LOT better, but Boise State or San Diego State could slip in with a 10-2 record and a top 12 ranking.

Thu, Jan 2 8:30 pm ESPN
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
BCS vs. BCS (SEC champion if not in BCS championship)

CFN Preview 2013 Projected Matchup: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Top Three Other Options: 1) Georgia, 2) Florida State, 3) Clemson

Why? Throw in several other options. LSU, a second Pac-12 team or a second Big 12 team might find a BCS home here, but there's a chance the Florida State/Clemson loser ends up giving the ACC a second BCS team if it comes up with a huge non-conference win over an SEC team. Here's the biggest twist; the SEC champion might end up in New Orleans with one loss if two unbeaten teams square off in Pasadena for the whole ball of wax. Most likely, an extremely disappointed loser of the SEC championship will get the nod. The Buckeyes will lose one game they shouldn't and will leave Ann Arbor with a loss, but the Sugar would still love to bring in Urban Meyer and the boys if they don't end up in Pasadena. The other possibility is the American Athletic champion if the Big 12 champion goes to the FIesta Bowl. Notre Dame might also be on the table.

Fri, Jan 3 TBD ESPN
Discover Orange Bowl
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
BCS vs. BCS (ACC champion if not in BCS championship)

CFN Preview 2013 Projected Matchup: Clemson vs. Rutgers

Top Three Other Options: 1) Florida State, 2) Louisville, 3) Cincinnati

Why? The Florida State-Clemson winner will be the best team in the ACC by far, and it'll be a major shocker if anyone else - other than maybe Virginia Tech - can get to Miami. However, if the Tiger/Seminole winner can hold its own against the SEC - Clemson faces Georgia to start the regular season and South Carolina to end it, while FSU ends up at Florida - the ACC champion might end up in Pasadena playing for the national title. Flip a coin on the opponent between Louisville, Rutgers and Cincinnati. The Scarlet Knights will finish up its Big East/AAC tenure with pizzazz after upsetting the Cardinals and taking care of the Bearcats at home - but there's no argument if you think Teddy Bridgewater will take UofL to its second straight BCS game.

Mon, Jan 6 8:30 pm ESPN
VIZIO BCS National Championship
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
BCS No 1 vs. BCS No 2

CFN Preview 2013 Projected Matchup: Georgia vs. Texas

Top Three Other Options: 1) Alabama, 2) Oregon, 3) Florida State

Why? It's the national championship in Pasadena; of course Texas has to be involved. The Longhorns lost the 2010 BCS championship to Alabama after Colt McCoy got knocked out right away, and, of course, Vince Young came up with his magnum opus in the 2007 Rose Bowl win over USC. The 2013 Longhorns are overdue under Mack Brown with 20 starters returning and a weakened Big 12 to get through. Assume one loss along the way to Oklahoma or at TCU,  but if the team finally, finally starts to play up to its talent level again - granted, that's a big, giant if - and it's able to hold serve at home against Ole Miss, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, this should be the best of the one-loss teams.  

The winner of the SEC championship will be a mortal lock for California as long as there aren't any other BCS unbeatens. The Dawgs will lose once along the way, but a victory over Alabama or LSU will give Mark Richt the chance to finally get the big game gorilla off of his back in the first meeting against the Longhorns since the 10-9 win in the 1984 Cotton Bowl.

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