Projecting the BCS bowls



We’re getting down to crunch time, so let’s a take minute to project the five BCS bowls and explain why the matchups will occur.

Just remember that the two bowls that lose their designated conference champs to the BCS title game go to the head of the line when it comes time to pick. The bowl that loses the No. 1 team picks first. The bowl that loses the No. 2 team picks second.

Then remaining conference champs are placed in their designated bowls: Big Ten/Pac-10 to Rose; Big 12 to Fiesta, SEC to Sugar, ACC to Orange.

Then the remaining slots in the games are filled with this order of selection: Orange, Fiesta, Sugar.

So here we go. If you disagree, please tell me why,.




Matchup: Alabama vs. Texas

How it happened: Florida and Alabama are locked into the SEC championship game on Dec. 5. They could be ranked 1-2. As was the case a year ago, the winner goes to the big game.  With Baylor, Kansas and Texas A&M left, Texas should cruise to the Big 12 championship game and roll over the North Division champ.


ORANGE BOWL, Jan. 5, 2010

Matchup: Georgia Tech vs. Iowa

How it happened: Georgia Tech beats Duke on Saturday to clinch the ACC Coastal championship and then wins a rematch with Clemson in the ACC title game. After the automatic slots are filled in the BCS, the Orange Bowl will get the first pick. It will take Iowa at 10-2 because those Hawkeyes love to travel South in the winter.


FIESTA BOWL, Jan. 4, 2010

Matchup: USC vs. TCU

How it happened: Because it lost Big 12 champ Texas, the No. 2 team, to the national championship game, the Fiesta gets its pick of teams after the Sugar. Since there is no suitable replacement from the Big 12, the Fiesta takes USC, which will be 10-2 and ranked in the Top 10 if it wins its final three games with Stanford, UCLA, and Arizona. After the Orange takes Iowa, the Fiesta’s choices will be down to Cincinnati, TCU, Boise State or another two-loss conference runner-up. It will take TCU, which could be ranked as high as No. 3.


SUGAR BOWL, Jan. 1, 2010

Matchup: Florida vs. Cincinnati

How it happened: Because the Sugar’s designated champion (SEC) was ranked No. 1, the Sugar gets first pick among all the bowls after the BCS title game. The Sugar fills with Florida, the SEC runner-up. The Sugar will then pick last in the second rotation and will be left with Cincinnati, which gets an automatic bid as the Big East champ. 


ROSE BOWL, Jan. 1, 2010

Matchup: Ohio State vs. Oregon

How it happened: Ohio State (8-2) beats Iowa this week and Michigan next week to win the Big Ten championship. Oregon (7-2), which has only one loss in the Pac-10, recovers from its loss to Stanford and beats Arizona State, Arizona, and Oregon State to win the conference.




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November 11th, 2009
8:13 am

Hey hbtd,

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Roll Tider

November 11th, 2009
8:28 am

All this talk about Tebow vs. McElroy… what about Heisman frontrunner Mark Ingram? He will be the single greatest offensive threat in that game, not Tebow. Defenses play to a draw, Bama’s running game wears then down in the fourth quarter, Bama gets one score on D/ST. Let’s call it 20-13 Bama in a brutal, physical game.


November 11th, 2009
8:34 am

Mr. College Football,

With all due repsect, the only way Florida is NOT in the BCS title game versus Texas is if they lay a total egg in the SEC Championship game. Tebow is the X-Factor and Alabama won’t be able to move the ball against the UF defense enough to out score the Gators on a fast track in the Georgia Dome.

UF 24 Bama 13.


November 11th, 2009
8:37 am

The Big 10 sucks. Give me Ohio State or Iowa, not both.

Roll Tider

November 11th, 2009
8:39 am

That x-factor ain’t exactly been lighting up scoreboards. UF got what, 27 on Vandy, 28 on Missy St., 28 on Arky, 13 on LSU… and you think that somehow, some way they put up 24 on Bama? I want some of what you’re smoking…

Ellie in Cairo

November 11th, 2009
8:43 am

Auburn 38, UGA 17. Looks like another serious beatdown and no bowl game for UGA this year. Kentucky and Georgia Tech will finish them off and let this season mercifully come to an end.

Why is Mark Richt still here? Could we maybe inflate his resume and shop him to Notre Dame?

Ellie in Cairo

November 11th, 2009
8:45 am

I’ll guess Florida over Alabama, 24-10.

Yellow Fuzz

November 11th, 2009
11:30 am

Since you dogs “travel” so well, I hope you can sell out “State Fair Stadium” (Shreveport) who is running the Coke ZERO promotion “4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 cokes”. I guess you azzholes are “big time” now. NOT! (any more).


November 11th, 2009
11:59 am

Shreveport? HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

How the mighty have fallen!

Trade School Junkie

November 11th, 2009
12:43 pm

Here’s my Fearless Forecast:

Florida is going to lose to Florida State at The Swamp on Nov 28th.


November 11th, 2009
2:50 pm

I’ve read multiple articles that state if PSU wins out, they’ll get a bid to either the Fiesta or Orange Bowl. Iowa’s going to get crushed by OSU and they won’t be viable, even though they beat PSU head to head. If thsy lose 2 of their last 3, they won’t be very attractive to a big bowl. Add this to Penn State’s huge, traveling fan base, and you’ve got PSU in one of the big bowls, leaving lowly Iowa looking in.


November 11th, 2009
7:50 pm

Trade School Junkie, I think you’re wrong about FSU beating UF. It will never happen, not this year at least.

I’ll say Florida 38, FSU 20.


November 11th, 2009
7:52 pm

To PSUfan: You may be right – may I said – but I think Iowa is for real this year.

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November 12th, 2009
4:05 pm

Auburn 42, UGA 24. Another beatdown for the Dawgs.

stephen toney

November 20th, 2009
1:26 am

gatordawg pounder: UF only beat LSU 6-3 or are you HOLD(ING) on to the touchdown they appeared to have scored. While we are talking about BAD SEC officiatiing, the replay booth was unable to count to TWO – that of course would be the number of feet #7 for LSU got in on the interception late in the game against ALA that was called out


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2:12 pm

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December 9th, 2009
9:18 am

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