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2009 Bowl Projections - Week 1

After Week 1, The Rivalry, Esq.'s weekly look at the bowl fates of our beloved Big Ten Squads reminds us: Don't Overreact!  One game does not a season make.  There was only one Big Ten result that went contrary to my predictions.  Becuase of that, Illinois is moving down the ladder for me.  This week, I'm going to take a good long look at Purdue, who may be better than I thought, on Saturday night and Iowa, who may be worse, on Saturday morning.  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.

Is this a bowl team?

This will be updated each week.  Away we go...

Bcs_championship_logo2009_sm_medium Florida_medium Texas_old5_medium You can expect to see this matchup here thoughout the season.
Orangebowl_2005_small_medium Georgia_tech_medium Oklahoma_st_medium The Orange selects 11-1 OSU over the Mountain West and Big East schools that are still available.
Fiestabowl_2006_medium Notre_dame_medium Texas_christian_medium Fiesta takes Notre Dame to replace Texas.  It knows that's a better draw than the Cowboys.  It takes TCU over Pitt.  
Sugarbowl_2006_sm_medium Mississippi_medium Pittsburgh_medium Ole Miss (11-1) replaces Florida.  The Sugar won't cross the SEC. The Sugar then gets the last choice for the BCS.
Rosebowl_small_medium Ohio_st_medium Southern_california_medium Can Barkley play like that in Columbus and Berkeley?  The trip to Oregon doesn't look so scary anymore.
Capitalonebowl2002_small_medium Iowa_medium Alabama_medium Alabama's defense looks really good.  I still see them losing only once in the season and a second versus Florida for the SEC crown.
Outbackbowl_2008_sm_medium Michigan_medium Georgia_medium Georgia didn't look good, but who from the SEC East will be better?  I'm not jumping on the Carolina or Tennessee wagon yet.
Champssportsbowl_2004_medium Penn_state_medium Miami_fl_medium Bad weekend for the ACC.  2 losses to the SEC, 1 to the Big XII, 1 to the Pac-10, and 2 to the FCS.  At least Miami looked much improved.
Alamobowl_2007sm_medium Michigan_st_medium Kansas_medium Kansas, Nebraska and Mizzou may have a heck of a battle for Big 12 JV crown.  I still like the Huskers to win it and go Cotton.
Insightbowl2002_small_medium Illinois_medium Texas_tech_medium I'm willing to listen to the possibility that Mizzou is still really good.  But, Illinois sure looked like they had major issues.
Motorcitybowl_small_medium Minnesota_medium Central_michigan_medium Next to the ACC, the MAC had the worst weekend.  WMU, CMU, and Toledo were all trendy upset picks.  Zilch.
Congressionalbowl_2008a_sm_medium Northwestern_medium Maryland_medium Yeah, Maryland looked bad against Cal.  The 6-6 ACC team that ends up here will have weeks like that.
I didn't see anything out of Wisconsn that made me think that they were better that 9th in the league. Mmmm...queso.