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2014: Post Non-Con Bowl Projections

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The return of the wildly inaccurate bowl projections! Now with more inaccuracy and homerism!

Leon Halip

There was a time when bowl projections were done every week around here. There was also a time that Drew Brees and Kyle Orton played for Purdue and the Boilermakers were making BCS games. Those days are over. Also: so is the BCS. And yeah I know the non-con isn't officially over with four games coming up this weekend and a few stragglers later in the season but just because those counter-culture teams won't get in line doesn't mean the rest of us should suffer.

Earlier in the year we covered the changes in the Big Ten this season, including the new bowl games. Here's a simple explanation of the College Football Playoff/Bowls:

  • Four teams are chosen for the College Football Playoff.
  • Six bowls rotate for the semifinals: Rose, Sugar, Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Peach.
  • The bowls hosting the semifinals this year are the Rose and Sugar.
  • If the Big Ten Champion is eligible for a non-playoff bowl when the Rose and Sugar Bowls are hosting the semifinals, as they are this year, the Big Ten Champion will appear in the Fiesta, Peach or Cotton Bowl, but NOT the Orange Bowl.
  • The highest ranked champion from the Group of Five mid-majors (AAC, C-USA, MAC, MWC, Sun Belt) is guaranteed a spot in the non-playoff bowls if they fail to make the playoff.

More rules/information appear below. Here's a look at the bowls themselves:

College Football Playoffs:

Bowl Location Date Opponents
Championship Arlington, TX 1/12/15 Semi Winner v. Semi Winner
Rose Pasadena, CA 1/1/15 No. 2 v. No. 3
Sugar New Orleans, LA 1/1/15 No. 1 v. No. 4

New Year's Bowls (Non-Playoff Bowls):

Bowl Location Date Opponents
Cotton Arlington, TX 1/1/15 At-Large
Fiesta Glendale, AZ 12/31/14 At-Large
Orange Miami, FL 12/31/14 ACC vs. Big Ten/Notre Dame
Peach Atlanta, GA 12/31/14 At-Large

Big Ten Bowls:

Bowl

Location

Date

Opponent

Rose Bowl or Playoff

Pasadena, CA or Playoff Site

Various

Pac-12 or Playoff Team

Capital One Bowl or Orange Bowl*

Orlando, FL or Miami, FL

Various

SEC or ACC

Outback Bowl

Tampa, FL

1/1/15

SEC

Holiday Bowl

San Diego, CA

12/27/14

Pac-12

Music City or TaxSlayer Bowl**

Nashville, TN or Jacksonville, FL

Various

SEC

San Francisco Bowl

San Francisco, CA

12/30/14

Pac-12

Pinstripe Bowl

New York City, NY

12/27/14

ACC

Quick Lane Bowl

Detroit, MI

12/26/14

ACC

Heart of Dallas or Armed Forces Bowl****

Fort Worth, TX or Dallas, TX

12/26/14

C-USA

* - In the three years that the Rose Bowl doesn't host the College Football Playoff semifinals (out of 12) the Big Ten will share a spot in the Orange Bowl with the SEC and Notre Dame (Notre Dame can only appear twice LOL).

** - The Big Ten and ACC will switch between the Music City and Gator Bowl (now simply known as the TaxSlayer Bowl) on alternate years. In 2014 the Big Ten has the TaxSlayer Bowl.

*** - The San Francisco Bowl was the Fight Hunger Bowl and the Quick Lane Bowl is the new Detroit bowl game.

**** - The Big Ten and Big 12 will rotate these bowls in alternating years. In 2014 the Big Ten has the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Now for the projections.

Bowl Projections:

Bowl

Matchup

Why

Rose Bowl

Alabama v. Oregon

SEC Champ v. Pac-12 Champ

Sugar Bowl

Florida State v. Oklahoma

Undefeated FSU/ACC Champ v. Big 12 Champ

Cotton Bowl

Baylor v. Texas A&M

Committee salivates over putting an old BXII matchup in Texas

Fiesta Bowl

Michigan State v. UCLA

Committee essentially wants a pseudo-Rose Bowl out west

Orange Bowl

Clemson v. Auburn

ACC runner-up v. SEC team

Peach Bowl

BYU v. Georgia

Committee wants a home team vs. the best of the Group of 5

Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin v. South Carolina

Big 10 runner up vs. Spurrier who can never get USC over the hump

Outback Bowl

Nebraska v. Mississippi State

Nebraska, with the next best record, takes on a solid MSU team

Holiday Bowl

Ohio State v. USC

A good old fashioned Rose Bowl matchup

TaxSlayer Bowl

Iowa v. Florida

In-state Florida team plus old Outback Bowl rivalry

San Francisco Bowl

Penn State v. Arizona

Don't know how excited bowls are about Penn State

Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers v. Pittsburgh

EAST COAST TEAMS DOING EAST COAST STUFF

Quick Lane Bowl

Minnesota v. Boston College

Minnesota or Maryland? Minnesota.

Heart of Dallas Bowl

Maryland v. UTSA

#MEEPMEEP

Queso Bowl Participants:

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  • No. 1 Seed in the Ro-Tel Queso Bowl: Purdue
  • No. 2 Seed in the Ro-Tel Queso Bowl: Illinois
  • No. 3 Seed in the Ro-Tel Queso Bowl: Indiana
  • No. 4 Seed in the Ro-Tel Queso Bowl: Michigan
  • No. 5 Seed in the Ro-Tel Queso Bowl: Northwestern

It's a battle to see who is going to be the worst in the Big Ten?! Who is going to make it!?

Disagree? Hit the comments.