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2009 Bowl Projections - Post Week 12

Yes, the Big Ten season is over.  Sure, Wisconsin and Illinois have a game left.  Yes, Illinois has two more chances to let their inner Zook shine.  But, the conference schedule is over and so are the regular seasons of nine teams. As you'll see, not much changed for the Big Ten's slotting.


The Pac-10 had the biggest weekend.  Oregon's win all but assured that the Ducks will line up against Ohio State in Pasadena.  It should be a good matchup - one that the Buckeyes should win.

In the Big 12, there are two upcoming games of note for Big Ten fans.  Oklahoma can end their instate rival's dreams of a BCS at large berth win a win over the Cowboys next weekend.  Texas can do the same for the newly crowned Big 12 North "Champion" (if you prefer, "skinniest fat kid") in two weeks.

We'll have the full projections back next week.  Right now, let's just look at the BCS and Big Ten bowls.

Remember the rules.

  1. These are projections.  I am taking into account what will happen in future games, not assigning teams based upon current standings.
  2. The best teams don't always go to the best games.  In the end, butts in the seat and eyes to the television are the biggest factors.  
  3. The order of BCS selection is 1) Replacement for #1 Team; 2) Replacement for #2 Team; 3) Orange Bowl; 4) Fiesta Bowl; 5) Sugar Bowl.
  4. The Champs Bowl picks its Big Ten team ahead of the Alamo Bowl this year.
  5. For the full rules on BCS selections, look here

Bcs_championship_logo2009_sm_medium_medium_medium Alabama_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Texas_old5_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium We're just marking time this week.  Assuming that Alabama and Florida get past their instate rivals next week, the Floribama Showdown will be set.
Orangebowl_2005_small_medium_medium_medium Georgia_tech_medium_medium_medium_medium Texas_christian_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Be assured, Georgia Tech is not getting an at large bid. Considering the (lack of) a crowd that Cincinnati brought last year, I think that TCU gets picked here.  It might be different if Pitt upsets the Bearcats.
Fiestabowl_2006_medium_medium_medium Iowa_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Boise_st_medium_medium_medium A 10-2 Big Ten team is going to a BCS Bowl.  With Oklahoma State not finishing 10-2, that means Fiesta.  I think that the Fiesta will take Boise over the Big East Champ.  There aren't any other viable options this year.
Sugarbowl_2006_sm_medium_medium_medium Florida_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Cincinnati_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium No change here. Floribama the Lesser versus Big East the Greatest.
Rosebowl_small_medium_medium_medium Ohio_st_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Oregon_old10_medium_medium_medium I know that they beat USC, but I still feel better about this matchup than I would about a third game in 16 months for Ohio State against the Trojans.
Capitalonebowl2002_small_medium_medium_medium Penn_state_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Ole_miss_helmet_medium
Well, that settled third place in the SEC, and the Capital One Bowl and Cotton Bowl seem set with their SEC representatives.  
Outbackbowl_2008_sm_medium_medium_medium Wisconsin_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Tennessee_medium_medium_medium 7-5 Tennessee seems like a good fit.  This is another matchup that looks good for the Big Ten.
Champssportsbowl_2004_medium_medium_medium Northwestern_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Clemson_medium_medium_medium I'm not changing this. Barring an upset in the ACC Title Game, I think that this is right.
Alamobowl_2007sm_medium_medium_medium Michigan_st_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Oklahoma_medium_medium_medium We've seen some great teams sent to the Alamo Bowl. We've seen some mediocre teams sent to the Alamo Bowl.  Sometimes, the best performances have come from those mediocre teams.
Insightbowl2002_small_medium_medium_medium Minnesota_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Missouri1_medium_medium_medium The win on Saturday may have settled this on the Big 12 side.  
Images_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Middle_tennessee_st_medium_medium Northern_illinois_medium_medium_medium Unless Texas loses the Big 12 Championship Game and the Fiesta Bowl loses its mind, the Big Ten will not fill this.
Images_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium Purdue_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium_medium




When these teams sit back On the Couch with the Queso Bowl (now sponsored by Ro*Tel), they'll think of the near misses they had.  I also recommend doing less daydreaming and cheese eating and lifting more weights. *But not too much time lifting weights for the Maize and Blue.