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9/15/2009

Bowl Projections: Week 2

New Mexico Bowl: Nevada vs. Colorado State
St. Petersburg Bowl: USF vs. Florida International
New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs. ECU
Las Vegas Bowl: Oregon State vs. Utah
Poinsettia Bowl: UCLA vs. San Diego State
Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. SMU
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Wisconsin
Meineke Car Care Bowl: NC State vs. West Virginia
Emerald Bowl: North Carolina vs. Stanford
Music City Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky
Independence Bowl: Texas A&M vs. South Carolina
EagleBank Bowl: Maryland vs. Army
Champs Sports Bowl: Northwestern vs. Clemson
Humanitarian Bowl: Boise State vs. BYU
Holiday Bowl: Oregon vs. Texas Tech
Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force vs. Tulsa
Sun Bowl: Arizona State vs. Kansas
Texas Bowl: Houston vs. Navy
Insight Bowl: Iowa vs. Missouri
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Miami vs. Georgia
Outback Bowl: Michigan vs. Arkansas
Capital One Bowl: LSU vs. Ohio State
Gator Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame
Rose Bowl: Penn State vs. Cal
Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. USC
International Bowl: Pitt vs. Bowling Green
Cotton Bowl: Nebraska vs. Ole Miss
Papajohns.com Bowl: Uconn vs. Arkansas State
Liberty Bowl: Auburn vs. Southern Miss
Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Purdue
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. TCU
Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati
GMAC Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Northern Illinois
BCS Championship: Florida vs. Texas

First off, yes, I realize there are rematches on here, two to be exact. I always find those disappointing, but they do happen when there are no other options. There's the possibility that maybe the Armed Forces Bowl would want somebody other than Air Force for the third year in a row, but then that's kind of their draw and appeal. If you get AIR FORCE to play in the ARMED FORCES bowl, it just seems like a natural fit. Central Michigan, one again, gets to play in the Motor City Bowl, er, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. How much you want to bet they serve 5 Dollar Hot and Ready's at the game? Anyone? Ugh, that name irritates me.

A couple of surprise teams I have on my radar are San Diego State and SMU. These two perennial bottom feeders I each have going 6-6. But, that's not saying a whole lot. I mean, after dissecting the Mountain West and not liking what New Mexico had to offer, that 6th bowl spot (provided one is in the BCS) is probably going to come down to UNLV and SDSU. I think the Aztecs might have a losing Mountain West record but wind up 6-6 because they play Southern Utah, Idaho, and New Mexico State in their non-conference slate. SMU on the other hand, I'm not really confident in at all. The Mustangs have a shot at winning 6 this year, no doubt, it's just that I don't have a good gauge on UAB, UCF, or UTEP. Either one of those three schools could be 6-6 as well. Just looking on the schedule though, SMU would have to beat four of five against Washington State, Rice, UTEP, Marshall, and Tulane, so that's my reasoning behind that one.

And yes, I have Texas/Florida. Big whoop. The Longhorns probably aren't going to make it, but the Gators are a total lock for the BCS title game. Even if it came down to 12-0 Penn State vs. 11-1 SEC champion Florida, the Gators get the nod. Oh yeah, TCU is also the non-BCS representative. I think Bruce Feldman had two and I actually think that could happen. Boise State in these bowl projections could be undefeated or 11-1.

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