Bracketology/Bowls Expert

Bowl projections: SEC champ goes WHERE?

At the risk of committing blasphemy and being cast into the darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, I am now projecting a BCS title game without the SEC champion. (ducks)

(me, not Oregon)

(well, them too)

Oregon and Kansas State are now projected for the BCS title game after Alabama lost at home to Texas A&M. The Tide are still projected to win the league and play in the Sugar Bowl, which has not hosted the SEC champion since the Bush adminstration (George, not Reggie).

(well, him too)

With Stanford's win over Oregon State, the Pac-12 is no longer projected to have an eligible team to replace Oregon. The Rose Bowl then jumps at the chance to grab Notre Dame to face Big Ten champ Nebraska.

The Fiesta Bowl would then select Oklahoma to replace Kansas State and LSU as an opponent. The Sugar, needing an opponent for Alabama, really doesn't have much left to choose from. Clemson is the only eligible team from a conference that doesn't already have an at-large team selected, and Louisville is also available as the Big East champ. I have the Sugar grabbing Clemson and leaving the Cards to face Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

I also have a Texas-Texas A&M Cotton Bowl, which the Longhorns might opt not to play. Can't blame them; A&M is better.

Navy and BYU have already clinched and accepted spots in the Kraft Fight Hunger and Poinsettia Bowls, respectively.

I have 72 eligible teams in this week's projections. Ball State and Miami (Ohio) get left out.

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