The college football season is less than four months away. While there might be some out there who view this as a glass-half-empty sort of situation, we choose to see the ever-approaching kickoff in a more positive light.
Basically, we’re pretty pumped.
So are the folks over at CBS Sports, who released their very — very — early predictions for every single bowl game out there.
First, CBS predicts the teams that will land in every single non-BCS bowl. Below that we present their predictions for the BCS bowl games as well as the national championship game.
Take a look at where your school falls (or doesn’t), and we’ll break it all down at the bottom.
|BBVA Compass||Jan. 4||Birmingham, Ala.||American Athletic vs. SEC||South Florida vs. Vanderbilt|
|Cotton||Jan. 3||Arlington, Texas||Big 12 No. 2 vs. SEC||TCU vs. LSU|
|Heart of Dallas||Jan. 1||Dallas, Texas||Big Ten vs. C-USA||Minnesota vs. East Carolina|
|Outback||Jan. 1||Tampa, Fla.||Big Ten vs. SEC||Wisconsin vs. Georgia|
|Capital One||Jan. 1||Orlando, Fla.||Big Ten No. 2 vs. SEC||Michigan vs. Florida|
|Gator||Jan. 1||Jacksonville, Fla.||Big Ten vs. SEC||Michigan State vs. Ole Miss|
|Chick-fil-A||Dec. 31||Atlanta, Ga.||ACC No. 2 vs. SEC||Virginia Tech vs. South Carolina|
|Liberty||Dec. 31||Memphis, Tenn.||C-USA No. 1 vs. SEC||Tulsa vs. Miss. State|
|Independence||Dec. 31||Shreveport, La.||ACC No. 7 vs. SEC||Virginia vs. Missouri|
|Sun||Dec. 31||El Paso, Texas||ACC No. 4 vs. Pac-12||North Carolina vs. UCLA|
|Holiday||Dec. 30||San Diego, Calif.||Big 12 vs. Pac-12||Kansas State vs. Oregon State|
|Alamo||Dec. 30||San Antonio, Texas||Big 12 vs. Pac-12||Oklahoma vs. Oregon|
|Music City||Dec. 30||Nashville, Tenn.||ACC No. 6 vs. SEC||Georgia Tech vs. Arkansas|
|Armed Forces||Dec. 30||Fort Worth, Texas||MW vs. Navy*||San Diego State vs. Navy|
|Russell Athletic||Dec. 28||Orlando, Fla.||ACC No. 3 vs. American Athletic||Miami (Fla.) vs. UCF|
|Belk||Dec. 28||Charlotte, N.C.||ACC No. 5 vs. American Athletic||Pittsburgh vs. Rutgers|
|Pinstripe||Dec. 28||Bronx, N.Y.||Big 12 vs. American Athletic||Iowa State vs. Cincy|
|Kraft Fight Hunger||Dec. 27||San Francisco, Calif.||Pac-12 vs. BYU*||Arizona vs. BYU|
|Meineke Car Care||Dec. 27||Houston, Texas||Big 12 vs. Big Ten||Baylor vs. Purdue|
|Military||Dec. 27||Washington D.C.||ACC No. 7 vs. At-Large||Syracuse vs. Toledo|
|Poinsettia||Dec. 26||San Diego, Calif.||MW vs. Army*||Fresno State vs. Arkansas State|
|Little Caesars Pizza||Dec. 26||Detroit, Mich.||Big Ten vs. MAC||Illinois vs. Northern Illinois|
|Hawaii||Dec. 24||Honolulu, Hawaii||MW vs. C-USA||Utah State vs. Rice|
|New Orleans||Dec. 21||New Orleans, La.||Sun Belt No. 1 vs. C-USA||La.-Lafayette vs. La. Tech|
|Famous Idaho Potato||Dec. 21||Boise, Idaho||MW vs. MAC||Nevada vs. Ohio|
|New Mexico||Dec. 21||Albuquerque, N.M.||MW vs. Pac-12||Air Force vs. Utah|
|GoDaddy.com||TBA||Mobile, Ala.||MAC vs. Sun Belt||Bowling Green vs. Troy|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||TBA||Tempe, Ariz.||Big 12 vs. Big Ten||Oklahoma State vs. Northwestern|
|Maaco Las Vegas||TBA||Las Vegas, Nev.||MW vs. Pac-12||Boise State vs. Arizona State|
|Beef O’Brady’s||TBA||St. Petersburg, Fla.||American Athletic vs. C-USA||Houston vs. Marshall|
Fiesta Bowl: Texas vs. Louisville
Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame
Sugar Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Clemson
Rose Bowl: Nebraska vs. Stanford
BCS Championship: Ohio State vs. Alabama
Who would have guessed? The big, bad SEC leads the way with a whopping 11 teams projected to play in a bowl game. The Big Ten is expected to send nine to the postseason and its goes on down from there.
Louisville is expected to represent the new American Athletic Conference in what will be the Cardinals’ first and only year in the league.
Following several down seasons, Texas is supposed to be back in a big way, but they may not be the only Lone Star State representatives in the BCS. After leaving the Longhorns in the dust in the Big 12, Texas A&M thrived in its first year in the SEC and is expected to do the same in 2013.
What do you think of these projected bowl seedings? Do you like where your team is headed?