Bowl game projections: Ducks to Orange Bowl, Beavers TBD

Bowl game projections: Ducks to Orange Bowl, Beavers TBD
November 14, 2013, 10:45 am
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Entering Week 11 of the college football season, it is more realistic now more than ever to see where teams could be slated in postseason play.

Plus, with teams like Boise State and Notre Dame, both picked to make BCS appearances in the preseason, let's take a look at a more accurate account of where teams can end up.

Yahoo! Sports Christopher Wilson lays out the latest projections:

BCS title game (January 6): Alabama vs. Florida State

Down goes Oregon and up comes Florida State. Alabama also handled their test against LSU quite well. Florida State won’t be less than a two-touchdown favorite in any remaining game, while Alabama actually still has two tricky roadblocks remaining (at Auburn, the SEC title game), although they’ll be favorites in both. Barring an upset, it’ll be Famous Jameis trying to deny Nick Saban his third consecutive title.

Rose Bowl (January 1): Ohio State vs. Stanford

Ohio State is locked in as Big Ten champions, while Stanford’s win over Oregon gives them pole position in the PAC12 North and makes them a favorite for the conference title and autobid to Pasadena. A nice, old-school Big Ten/PAC12 Rose Bowl to close out the BCS Era.

Orange Bowl (January 3): Oregon vs. Clemson
This matchup speaks for itself, but we'll add a few words anyways. The Orange has the first at-large pick and takes Clemson, matching up the Tajh Boyd/Sammy Watkins show against Marcus Mariota and friends -- a sexy-enough game for the viewers at home, regardless of how much enthusiasm the teams show on the field.

Sugar Bowl (January 2): Auburn vs. Central Florida

The Sugar Bowl gets to replace Alabama first, and does so by taking Auburn, who will be 10-2 at worst if they can take care of Georgia at home Saturday before the Iron Bowl. The Orange Bowl then gets to replace Florida State, and does so by happily taking Oregon, sending the Ducks to Miami for the postseason for the first time in school history.

Fiesta Bowl (January 1): Baylor vs. Fresno State

Baylor slides in here as Big 12 champion, although that honor could still go to Oklahoma State or Texas. In this scenario the Bears face Fresno State, who survived a potentially perilous road trip to Wyoming on Saturday to stay in contention for an automatic BCS bid (due to being a conference champ that finished in the top 16 and ahead of another BCS conference champ). Should Fresno State fall, Northern Illinois could slide in here as long as the Huskies’ record stays unmarred.

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So, it comes as no surprise that the Ducks will play in January, if everything plays out the way Wilson projects.

The Beavers fate, however is still very much up in the air.

Oregon State could play anywhere from December 21st to December 31st, depending on where they end up in the standings.

The New Mexico Bowl is reserved for the No. 7 team in the PAC-12, while the Las Vegas Bowl goes to the No. 5 team. Both of those games take place on December 21st.

The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco will kickoff on December 27th, which pins the No. 6 team in the conference vs. BYU.

Oregon State could end up in the Holiday Bowl, or even back in the Alamo Bowl on December 30th, with Oregon and Stanford both projected to go to BCS games.

As well, the Sun Bowl in El Paso is also a possibility, which will take place on New Year's Eve.

Wilson believes when all is said and done, Oregon State will play BYU in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

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Note: These are only projections and there are still a lot of things that have to shake out. As the saying goes: that's why we play the game. Don't book your plane tickets just yet, since officials from the Fiesta Bowl were at the Oregon-Stanford game, as well, and might want to fight for Oregon to come back to Glendale.

See Wilson's full list of bowl projections here.