2007-2008 Early Bowl Projections

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted May 25, 2007


The way-too-early projections and predictions for all the non-BCS bowl games.

   

By Pete Fiutak 

- 2007-2008 Way-Too-Early BCS Projections

It's late May, so let's get a few things out of the way before proceeding.

First, this is a nearly-impossible puzzle to put together correctly in the first week of December with all the inside information possible, much less now, and there will be changes in the bowl tie-ins, the seedings, and the conference pecking order before the dust settles at the end of the season. Some of the bowls aren't even sure which teams from which conferences will be available to them, so while a slot might make sense, things get out of whack when some bowls jump the gun, or go with geographical matchups over good football pairings. We always attempt to account for the self-interests of the bowls to sell tickets and generate publicity.

Second, remember that schedules mean everything. Some teams might be better than others, but are predicted to go to lesser bowl games because their records might not be as strong as other possible choices. We're just taking our best educated guess here.

Third, not everyone will get the call. There are only so many available slots, so teams like Kentucky, Cincinnati, Kansas, Colorado, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee and San Jose State, who'll all likely be worthy, might get shut out due to a lack of at-large bids available. 

Finally, don't yell at us if you don't like where your team is predicted to go. We'll change this before the season starts, and every week throughout the season. If it looks like some team that we have playing in December looks like a world-beater, it'll obviously be predicted to go to another bowl as the year goes on.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Dec. 20 / 9 p.m. San Diego, Calif. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Mountain West vs. Navy/At-Large 
Way Too Early Projection: BYU vs. Navy
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Utah, 2) Colorado State, 3) TCU, 4) New Mexico, 5) San Diego State

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Dec. 21 / 8 p.m. New Orleans, La. ESPN2
Tie-Ins: Sun Belt No. 1 vs. C-USA 
Way Too Early Projection: Troy vs. SMU
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Middle Tennessee, 2) UL Lafayette, 3) Houston, 4) Marshall, 5) East Carolina

PapaJohn’s.com Bowl
Dec. 22 / 1 p.m. Birmingham, Ala. ESPN2
Tie-Ins: Big East (or MAC) vs. C-USA
Way Too Early Projection: South Florida vs. Southern Miss
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) East Carolina, 2) Cincinnati, 3) Tulsa, 4) Houston, 5) SMU

New Mexico Bowl
Dec. 22 / 4:30 p.m. Albuquerque, N.M. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Mountain West vs. WAC 
Way Too Early Projection: Air Force vs. Nevada
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Fresno State, 2) San Jose State, 3) Colorado State, 4) Wyoming, 5) BYU

Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl
Dec. 22 / 8 p.m. Las Vegas, Nev. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Mountain West No. 1 vs. Pac-10 No. 4
Way Too Early Projection: TCU vs. Arizona State
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Oregon, 2) Oregon State, 3) Utah, 4) BYU, 5) Washington State

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Dec. 23 / 8 p.m. Honolulu, Hawaii ESPN
Tie-Ins: C-USA vs. WAC 
Way Too Early Projection: Marshall vs. Fresno State
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Hawaii, 2) SMU, 3) Houston, 4) Nevada, 5) San Jose State

Motor City Bowl
Dec. 26 / 7:30 p.m. Detroit, Mich. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Big Ten No. 7 vs. MAC 
Way Too Early Projection: Northwestern vs. Central Michigan
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Minnesota, 2) Western Michigan, 3) Toledo, 4) Miami University, 5) Ohio

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Dec. 27 / 8 p.m. San Diego, Calif. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Big 12 No. 3 vs. Pac-10 No. 2
Way Too Early Projection: Missouri vs. California
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Nebraska, 2) Oklahoma, 3) UCLA, 4) Oregon, 5) Oklahoma State

Texas Bowl
Dec. 28 / 8 p.m. NFL Network
Tie-Ins: Houston, Texas
Big 12 vs. C-USA 
Way Too Early Projection: Texas Tech vs. Houston
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) SMU, 2) Kansas State, 3) Tulsa, 4) Kansas, 5) Texas A&M

Champs Sports Bowl
Dec. 28 / 5 p.m. Orlando, Fla. ESPN
Tie-Ins: ACC No. 4 vs. Big Ten No. 4 or No. 5
Way Too Early Projection: Boston College vs. Purdue
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Florida State, 2) Iowa, 3) Clemson, 4) Miami, 5) Ohio State

Emerald Bowl
Dec. 28 / 8:30 p.m. San Francisco, Calif. ESPN
Tie-Ins: ACC No. 7 vs. Pac-10 No. 5
Way Too Early Projection: Clemson vs, Oregon State
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Oregon, 2) Washington State, 3) Virginia, 4) Boston College, 5) Arizona State

Meineke Car Care Bowl
Dec. 29 / 1 p.m. Charlotte, N.C. ESPN
Tie-Ins: ACC No. 6 vs. Big East 
Way Too Early Projection: Miami vs. Pitt
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Virginia, 2) South Florida, 3) Florida State, 4) Clemson, 5) Boston College

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Dec. 29 / 4:30 p.m. Memphis, Tenn. ESPN
Tie-Ins: C-USA No. 1 vs. SEC No. 6
Way Too Early Projection: Tulsa vs. Alabama
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Southern Miss, 2) East Carolina, 3) South Carolina, 4) Arkansas, 5) Kentucky

Alamo Bowl
Dec. 29 / 8 p.m. San Antonio, Texas ESPN
Tie-Ins: Big Ten No. 4 or No. 5 vs. Big 12 No. 4
Way Too Early Projection: Iowa vs. Nebraska
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Ohio State, 2) Missouri, 3) Oklahoma State, 4) Texas A&M, 5) Penn State

Petro Sun Independence Bowl
Dec. 30 / 8 p.m. Shreveport, La. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Big 12 No. 7 vs. SEC No. 8
Way Too Early Projection: Kansas State vs. Arkansas
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Texas Tech, 2) Alabama, 3) South Carolina, 4) Kentucky, 5) Vanderbilt

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Dec. 31 / 12:30 p.m. Fort Worth, Texas ESPN
Tie-Ins: Mountain West vs. Pac-10 
Way Too Early Projection: Utah vs. Washington State
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) TCU, 2) Oregon State, 3) BYU, 4) Arizona State, 5) Oregon

Sun Bowl
Dec. 31 / 2 p.m. El Paso, Texas CBS
Tie-Ins: Big 12/Big East/Notre Dame vs. Pac-10 No. 3
Way Too Early Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Oregon
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Notre Dame, 2) Texas A&M, 3) California, 4) Arizona State, 5) UCLA

Humanitarian Bowl
Dec. 31 / 2 p.m. Boise, Idaho ESPN2
Tie-Ins: ACC No. 8 vs. WAC
Way Too Early Projection: Virginia vs. Boise State
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Boston College, 2) Clemson, 3) Fresno State, 4) Nevada, 5) San Jose State

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
Dec. 31 / 4 p.m. Nashville, Tenn. ESPN
Tie-Ins: ACC vs. SEC No. 5
Way Too Early Projection: Florida State vs. South Carolina
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Miami, 2) Maryland, 3) Kentucky, 4) Arkansas, 5) Alabama

Chick-fil-A Bowl
Dec. 31 / 7:30 p.m. Atlanta, Ga. ESPN
Tie-Ins: ACC No. 2 vs. SEC
Way Too Early Projection: Maryland vs. Tennessee
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) LSU, 2) Georgia, 3) Florida, 4) Georgia Tech, 5) Virginia Tech

Insight Bowl
Dec. 31 / TBA Tempe, Ariz. NFL Network
Tie-Ins: Big Ten No. 6 vs. Big 12 No. 6
Way Too Early Projection: Minnesota vs. Texas A&M
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Texas Tech, 2) Purdue, 3) Oklahoma State, 4) Kansas State, 5) Northwestern

Outback Bowl
Jan. 1 / 11 a.m. Tampa, Fla. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Big Ten No. 3 vs. SEC
Way Too Early Projection: Ohio State vs. Florida
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Michigan, 2) Georgia, 3) Penn State, 4) Tennessee, 5) Wisconsin

AT&T Cotton Bowl
Jan. 1 / 11:30 a.m. Dallas, Texas FOX
Tie-Ins: Big 12 No. 2 vs. SEC 
Way Too Early Projection: Oklahoma vs. Auburn
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Texas, 2) LSU, 3) Florida, 4) Georgia, 5) Nebraska

Gator Bowl
Jan. 1 / 1 p.m. Jacksonville, Fla. CBS
Tie-Ins: ACC No. 3 vs. Big 12/Big East/Notre Dame 
Way Too Early Projection: Georgia Tech vs. Rutgers
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Louisville, 2) West Virginia, 3) Virginia Tech, 4) Maryland, 5) Several Big 12 teams

Capital One Bowl
Jan. 1 / 1 p.m. Orlando, Fla. ABC
Tie-Ins: Big Ten No. 2 vs. SEC No. 2
Way Too Early Projection: Penn State vs. Georgia
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) LSU, 2) Florida, 3) Wisconsin, 4) Michigan, 5) Ohio State

International Bowl
Jan. 5 / 12 p.m. Toronto, Canada ESPN2
Tie-Ins: Big East/Notre Dame vs. MAC No. 4 or 5
Way Too Early Projection: Notre Dame vs. Miami University
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Pitt, 2) Cincinnati, 3) Central Michigan, 4) Toledo, 5) Ohio

GMAC Bowl
Jan. 6 / 8 p.m. Mobile, Ala.  ESPN
Tie-Ins: C-USA No. 2 vs. MAC
Way Too Early Projection: East Carolina vs. Toledo
Top 5 Others Considered: 1) Southern Miss, 2) Central Michigan, 3) Tulsa, 4) Houston, 5) Miami University

- 2007-2008 Way-Too-Early BCS Projections