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Preview 2008 - Early Bowl Projections

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted May 13, 2008


It's May. Yeah, the bowl season is still seven months away, but that doesn't mean it's not fun to speculate. From the Holiday to the Cotton, the New Orleans to the Congressional, here are the ridiculously way-too-early projections for all the non-BCS bowl games.



By Pete Fiutak 

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 several worthy teams, especially from the MAC and Sun Belt, 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. This will all change this before the season starts and will be updated 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.

- 2008-2009 Way-Too-Early BCS Projections

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Dec. 23 / 8 p.m. ET San Diego, Calif. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Mountain West vs. Pac 10 
Way Too Early Projection: New Mexico vs. Arizona
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Nevada, 2) Oregon State, 3) UCLA, 4) Louisiana Tech, 5) New Mexico State

Congressional Bowl
Dec. 20 / 9 p.m. ET Washington, D.C.
Tie-Ins: ACC vs. Army or Navy 
Way Too Early Projection: Maryland vs. Navy
Top 5 Others Considered: 1)
North Carolina, 2) Florida State, 3) Georgia Tech, 4) Virginia, 5) Wake Forest

Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl
Dec. 20 / 8 p.m. ET Las Vegas, Nev. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Mountain West No. 1 vs. Pac-10 No. 4
Way Too Early Projection: Utah vs. California
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) BYU, 2) TCU, 3) UCLA, 4) Arizona State, 5) Oregon

St. Petersburg Bowl
TBD Dec. 21 to 23 / 9 p.m. ET  St. Petersburg, Fl.
Tie-Ins: Big East vs. Conference USA 
Way Too Early Projection: South Florida vs. UCF
Top 5 Others Considered: 1
) Cincinnati, 2) Rutgers, 3) Southern Miss, 4) Tulsa, 5) Pitt

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Dec. 21 / 8 p.m. ET New Orleans, La. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Sun Belt No. 1 vs. C-USA 
Way Too Early Projection: Florida Atlantic vs. Marshall
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Troy, 2) Middle Tennessee, 3) Houston, 4) UCF, 5) Southern Miss

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Dec. 24 / 8 p.m. ET  Honolulu, Hawaii ESPN
Tie-Ins: Pac 10 vs. WAC 
Way Too Early Projection: Oregon State vs. Nevada
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) UCLA, 2) Arizona, 3) Fresno State, 4) Louisiana Tech, 5) New Mexico State

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

Champs Sports Bowl
Dec. 27 / 4:30 p.m. ET  Orlando, Fla. ESPN
Tie-Ins: ACC No. 4 vs. Big Ten No. 4 or No. 5
Way Too Early Projection: Virginia vs. Illinois
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Iowa, 2) Purdue, 3) Michigan State, 4) Miami, 5) Florida State

Emerald Bowl
Dec. 27 / 8:30 p.m. ET  San Francisco, Calif. ESPN
Tie-Ins: ACC No. 7 vs. Pac-10 No. 5
Way Too Early Projection: Georgia Tech vs. UCLA
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Virginia, 2) Oregon State, 3) California, 4) UCLA, 5) Miami

Meineke Car Care Bowl
Dec. 27 / 1 p.m. ET Charlotte, N.C. ESPN
Tie-Ins: ACC No. 6 vs. Big East 
Way Too Early Projection: Florida State vs. Pitt
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Miami, 2) Maryland, 3) Cincinnati, 4) Rutgers, 5) South Florida

Texas Bowl
Dec. 28 / 8 p.m. NFL Network
Tie-Ins: Houston, Texas
Big 12 vs. Big East (in even years, C-USA in odd years) 
Way Too Early Projection: Colorado vs. Rutgers
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Cincinnati, 2) Connecticut, 3) Louisville, 4) Nebraska, 5) Oklahoma State

PapaJohn’s.com Bowl
Dec. 29 / 3 p.m. ET Birmingham, Ala. ESPN2
Tie-Ins: Big East vs. SEC
Way Too Early Projection: Cincinnati vs.
Fresno State*
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Rutgers, 2) South Carolina, 3) Alabama, 4) Connecticut, 5) Louisville
*There's no SEC team projected to be available. The best guess is that Fresno State, the projected winner of the WAC, would look for the best possible bowl matchup.

New Mexico Bowl
TBA Albuquerque, N.M. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Mountain West vs. WAC 
Way Too Early Projection: BYU vs. New Mexico State
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Utah, 2) TCU, 3) Nevada, 4) Boise State, 5) Fresno State

PetroSun Independence Bowl
Dec. 28 / 8 p.m. ET  Shreveport, La. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Big 12 No. 7 vs. SEC No. 8
Way Too Early Projection: Nebraska vs.
Arkansas
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Colorado, 2) Oklahoma State, 3) Kansas State, 4) South Carolina, 5) Alabama

Alamo Bowl
Dec. 29 / 8 p.m. ET  San Antonio, Texas ESPN
Tie-Ins: Big Ten No. 4 or No. 5 vs. Big 12 No. 4
Way Too Early Projection: Michigan State vs. Kansas
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Illinois, 2) Iowa, 3) Texas, 4) Kansas State, 5) Michigan

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Dec. 30 / 8 p.m. ET San Diego, Calif. ESPN
Tie-Ins: Big 12 No. 3 vs. Pac-10 No. 2
Way Too Early Projection: Texas vs. Oregon
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Arizona State, 2) California, 3) Oklahoma, 4) Missouri, 5) Texas Tech

Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl
TBA  Boise, Idaho ESPN2
Tie-Ins: ACC No. 8 vs. WAC
Way Too Early Projection: North Carolina vs. Boise State
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Georgia Tech, 2) Miami, 3) Florida State, 4) Wake Forest, 5) Maryland

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Dec. 31 / 12 p.m. ET  Fort Worth, Texas ESPN
Tie-Ins: Mountain West vs. Conference USA 
Way Too Early Projection: TCU vs. Southern Miss
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) New Mexico, 2) Utah, 3) Tulsa, 4) UCF, 5) East Carolina

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

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
Dec. 31 / 3:30 p.m. ET Nashville, Tenn. ESPN
Tie-Ins: ACC vs. SEC No. 5
Way Too Early Projection: Wake Forest vs. Alabama
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Miami, 2) Arkansas, 3) South Carolina, 4) Virginia, 5) Georgia Tech

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

Insight Bowl
Dec. 31 / 5:30 ET Tempe, Ariz. NFL Network
Tie-Ins: Big Ten No. 6 vs. Big 12 No. 6
Way Too Early Projection: Iowa vs. Oklahoma State
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Michigan State, 2) Purdue, 3) Nebraska, 4) Colorado, 5) Kansas State

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

Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
Jan. 1 / 1 p.m. ET  Jacksonville, Fla. CBS
Tie-Ins: ACC No. 3 vs. Big 12/Big East/Notre Dame 
Way Too Early Projection: Miami vs. Notre Dame
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Florida State, 2) South Florida, 3) Wake Forest, 4) Boston College, 5) Clemson

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. Auburn
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Wisconsin, 2) Tennessee, 3) LSU, 4) Georgia, 5) Florida

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Jan. 2 / 5:00 p.m. ET Memphis, Tenn. ESPN
Tie-Ins: C-USA No. 1 vs. SEC No. 6
Way Too Early Projection: Tulsa vs. Mississippi State
Top 5 Others Considered:
1) Southern Miss, 2) East Carolina, 3) UCF, 4) Alabama, 5) South Carolina

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

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

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

- 2008-2009 Way-Too-Early BCS Projections

 










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