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CBS Sports releases its pre-pre-preseason 2013-14 college football bowl projections


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Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban talks to the fans at the National Championship celebration outside Bryant Denny Stadium. (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)

Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban talks to the fans at the National Championship celebration outside Bryant Denny Stadium. (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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Take a look at where your school falls (or doesn’t), and we’ll break it all down at the bottom.

Non-BCS Games
Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
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

BCS Bowls

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?

Sound off in the comments section below!

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  • pb

    First, I’m glad to see Mizzou projects as a bowl team. Probably not as glad as Gary Pinkel but glad none the less. They ought to make him honorary Mayor of Shreveport as many times as he’s gone there.

    Second, that Belk Bowl match up would be a really tough sell in Charlotte.

  • Voodoofoxx

    Two words: ROLL TIDE!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rickytinylynn Lynn Williford

    I think this is crazy.Nobody has play a football game yet .But the crazy sports people only was to give Tide or Myers the only ones that going to play for the BCS.What about all the other teams out there.It’s like what the hell why play.

  • Lsu Best

    I don’t know what you’re smoking, but you’re definitely getting you’re money’s worth. Tiger Power!!!!!!!!

  • robertbark01

    I see Oregon finishing higher than the Alamo bowl. Since they have played in 4 straight BCS bowls, and have plenty of players coming back, it seems pretty likely. Notre lame? Not likely.

  • rometeacher3465

    When Georgia beats Clemson and South Carolina, the rest of the East, put us in the SEC championship and this year we will beat BAMA. How many years can the Tide just keep reloading? N.D was lucky is a couple of games this year and overrated by SEC standards. Louisville, Texas, Nebraska, anybody in ACC, over ranked. Is Texas A&M really just reloading? Aggies lost o-line.

    Go Dawgs!

  • gerald smith

    The Gamecocks beat Georgia the last 3 years and Clemson the last 4. Georgia’s quarterback and Clemson’s, Murray and Boyd will leave their schools without a win against the Gamecocks. The Gamecocks own you.

  • Richard Nicoletti

    Oregon will definitely play in a BCS game. Did you forget them?


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