Maybe it's the heat. I keep having these weird visions of how the college football season plays itself out. The picks below follow those crazy visions to their bowl culmination. My final pre-season predictions will come in late-August, but these bowl picks are based upon my over/under picks that you saw yesterday. There are some non-conventional things happening, but isn't that the norm?
Oh, and Ohio State? You're bowl banned. So are Oregon and North Carolina. As of now, the conventional wisdom is that the NCAA will act prior to the end of the 2011 season for all three (and remember, USC is still out this season, too). Once we hit August, we'll go back to assuming that they're eligible (until and unless the NCAA says otherwise), but for now, Ohio State and its ilk can find out what it's like to kick back with the Ro*Tel.
First, let's remember that even when the heat overcomes me, there are rules:
- 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.
- The order of BCS selection is 1) Replacement for #1 Team; 2) Replacement for #2 Team; 3) Fiesta Bowl; 4) Sugar Bowl; 5) Orange Bowl.
- If a Big Ten or Pac-10 team qualifies for the BCS Championship Game, the Rose Bowl will NOT be required to take a non-automatic qualifier. This was only required of the Rose Bowl the first time it occurred over the current four-year contract.
- The Insight Bowl picks its Big Ten team ahead of the Gator Bowl this year. It will rotate the other way next year.
Got it? Good. Let's get on to the projections.