Here’s a look at the next round of bowl projections, starting with the BCS:
BCS Championship: Florida vs. Texas. Both teams win league championship games and meet for the BCS title.
Rose Bowl: Penn State vs. USC. I’m predicting the South (Oregon) beats the North (Oregon State) in the Civil War this weekend, giving the Pac 10 title to USC.
Fiesta Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Utah. Although Oklahoma smacked Texas Tech by 44 points, the schools switch positions to give everyone a change of scenery.
Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Ohio State. Ohio State gets a shot at earning its ‘R’ back after two consecutive bowl blowouts. Alabama gets here by losing to Florida.
Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati. And people wonder why bowl games get lower ratings than Saturday Night Football on ABC.
NEW YEAR’S DAY(S) BOWLS
Capital One Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia. This bowl wants Iowa, but it sees Michigan State with a better record and a win against Iowa and decides not to pull the trigger.
Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. South Carolina. This bowl has no problem picking Iowa.
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Mississippi. Houston Nutt coaches a team to the Cotton Bowl for the second straight season, only to get a major Big 12 butt-whipping.
Gator Bowl: Florida State vs. Nebraska. Nice match-up, about 10 years ago. Now, it’s a good match-up that should capture fans and a few eyeballs.
Liberty Bowl:Tulsa vs. LSU. Conference USA just doesn’t carry as much as weight as it did when Louisville was in it.
BIG TEN/SECOND-TIER/BIG 12 BOWLS
Alamo Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State. Fans will flock to see the Alamo, where Jim Bowie and Bret Bielema went down in flames.
Champs Bowl: Northwestern vs. Wake Forest. Nobody really wants Northwestern’s crowd; the Champs Bowl just has to take them.
Insight Bowl: Minnesota vs. Kansas. Two years ago, Glen Mason’s team suffered a monumental collapse in the desert. Yep, things don’t change much in Gopherland.
Motor City Bowl: Pittsburgh (replacing Big Ten) vs. Ball State. This actually would be a pretty good match-up, if Pittsburgh swallowed its pride and did it.
Chick-fil-A (I still call it the Peach) Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky. Bowl picks Kentucky over LSU because 7-5 isn’t a bad season in Lexington. An 8-4 season in Baton Rouge is atrocious.
Sun Bowl: Oregon State vs. Notre Dame. Most Big East schools flip-flop “Notre Dame” and drop the “e” for stealing this bowl.
Holiday Bowl: Missouri vs. Oregon. I wouldn’t be surprised if Missouri upset Texas/Oklahoma and won the Big 12 title game, either.
Las Vegas Bowl: TCU vs. Arizona. Good regional bowl and match-up. Wouldn’t the Big 12 be better served with TCU over Baylor?
Independence Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette (replacing SEC) vs. Louisiana Tech (replacing Big 12). There are worse options for this bowl, I suppose.
Texas Bowl: Central Michigan (for Big 12) vs. Rice. Bowl officials should really just rename this bowl after its predecessor, the Bluebonnet Bowl.
Music City Bowl: Maryland vs. Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt’s athletic/academic director will admire the lack of travel expenses.
Poinsettia: BYU vs. Boise State (for Pac 10): Great match-up, perhaps the most watchable of the lower bowls.
Armed Forces Bowl: Colorado State vs. Houston
Humanitarian Bowl: Nevada vs. North Carolina
Meineke Bowl: Miami vs. West Virginia
Emerald Bowl: Boston College vs. California
Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs. Rutgers (for Pac 10)
Papa John’s: Louisville vs. Northern Illinois (for SEC)
International Bowl: Connecticut vs. Buffalo
GMAC Bowl: Western Michigan vs. East Carolina
New Orleans Bowl: Troy vs. Memphis
New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State vs. Air Force
Congressional Bowl: Clemson vs. Navy
St. Petersburg Bowl: Southern Mississippi vs. South Florida