Andrea Adelson's bowl projections

November 27, 2009

BOWL DATE TIME TV LOCATION CONFERENCE TIES OUR PICK BUZZNew Mexico D. 19 4:30 ESPN Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West vs. WAC Wyoming vs. Fresno State A win at Colorado State this week gets Wyoming in.St. Petersburg D. 19 8 ESPN St. Petersburg, Fla. Big East vs. C-USA Connecticut vs. Central Florida The Knights don't have to travel far for their bowl game.New Orleans D. 20 8:30 ESPN New Orleans C-USA vs. Sun Belt Southern Miss vs. Troy Rematch of Southern Miss' overtime win last year. Las Vegas D. 22 8 ESPN Las Vegas Mountain West vs. Pac-10 Utah vs. Oregon State Talk about a comedown. Utes played in Sugar last season.Poinsettia D. 23 8 ESPN San Diego Mountain West vs. Pac-10 BYU vs. Arizona Hard to believe: Cougars were once ranked in the top 10 this season. Hawaii D. 24 8 ESPN Honolulu C-USA vs. WAC SMU vs. Nevada Mustangs coach June Jones returns to Hawaii, where he once coached.Little Caesars D. 26 1 ESPN Detroit Big Ten* vs. Mid-American UCLA vs. Central Michigan This is the final game for Chippewas QB Dan LeFevour. Meineke Car Care D. 26 4:30 ESPN Charlotte, N.C. ACC vs. Big East North Carolina vs. West Virginia Tar Heels could be going for a 10-win season.Emerald D. 26 8 ESPN San Francisco ACC vs. Pac-10 Boston College vs. Stanford The game needs the nearby Cardinal to draw a good crowd.Music City D. 27 8:30 ESPN Nashville, Tenn. ACC vs. SEC Florida State vs. South Carolina Doesn't everybody want to see Bowden vs. Spurrier again?Independence D. 28 5 ESPN Shreveport, La. Big 12 vs. SEC Iowa State vs. Arkansas Bobby Petrino has the Razorbacks on the rise.EagleBank D. 29 4:30 ESPN Washington ACC* vs. Army* Bowling Green vs. Marshall Falcons and Herd fill spots because bowl tie-ins go unfilled.Champs Sports D. 29 8 ESPN Orlando, Fla. ACC vs. Big Ten Miami (Fla.) vs. Northwestern Hurricanes stay in-state for their bowl game against Wildcats. Humanitarian D. 30 4:30 ESPN Boise, Idaho Mountain West* vs. WAC Northern Illinois vs. Idaho Vandals should make this a raucous game on the blue turf.Holiday D. 30 8 ESPN San Diego Big 12 vs. Pac-10 Oklahoma State vs. USC Trojans end string of seven straight BCS appearances. Armed Forces D. 31 Noon ESPN Fort Worth, Texas C-USA vs. Mountain West Houston vs. Air Force Contrast in styles between pass-happy Cougars and run-first Falcons. Sun D. 31 2 CBS El Paso, Texas Pac-10 vs. Big 12 California vs. Missouri At one point Golden Bears were a top-10 team this season.Texas D. 31 3:30 ESPN Houston Big 12 vs. Navy Texas A&M vs. Navy Despite bowl, Aggies coach Mike Sherman is on the hot seat.Insight D. 31 6 NFL Tempe, Ariz. Big Ten vs. Big 12 Michigan State vs. Oklahoma Sooners played for the national title last season.Chick-fil-A D. 31 7:30 ESPN Atlanta ACC vs. SEC Clemson vs. Georgia ACC runner-up Tigers vs. slipping Bulldogs.Outback Jan. 1 11 a.m. ESPN Tampa, Fla. Big Ten vs. SEC Wisconsin vs. Tennessee Vols find a way to make Jan. 1 bowl game.Capital One Jan. 11 ABC Orlando, Fla. SEC vs. Big Ten Ole Miss vs. Penn State If Iowa is taken as a BCS at-large, Nittany Lions play here for 1st time since '02.Gator Jan. 1 1 CBS Jacksonville, Fla. ACC vs. Big East-x Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati The Bearcats will lose to Pittsburgh to close out the season.Rose Jan. 1 4:30 ABC Pasadena, Calif. BCS vs. BCS Ohio State vs. Oregon The Buckeyes are in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1997.Sugar Jan. 1 8:30 Fox New Orleans BCS vs. BCS Alabama vs. TCU SEC championship game loser plays against the undefeated Horned Frogs.International Jan. 2 Noon ESPN2 Toronto Big East vs. Mid-American Rutgers vs. Ohio Greg Schiano has had an unprecedented run of success at Rutgers.Cotton Jan. 2 2 Fox Arlington, Texas Big 12 vs. SEC Nebraska vs. LSU Bo Pelini vs. his former team.Papajohns.com Jan. 2 2 ESPN Birmingham, Ala. Big East vs. SEC USF vs. Kentucky Wildcats get the last SEC spot.Liberty Jan. 2 5:30 ESPN Memphis, Tenn. C-USA vs. SEC East Carolina vs. Auburn Pirates will win the C-USA title again.Alamo Jan. 29 ESPN San Antonio Big Ten vs. Big 12 Minnesota vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders coach Mike Leach has gone through many QBs this season.Fiesta Jan. 48 Fox Glendale, Ariz. BCS vs. BCS Boise State vs. Iowa Undefeated Broncos, Hawkeyes make it into BCS with at-large berths. Orange Jan. 58 Fox Miami BCS vs. BCS Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets will win ACC and Panthers will win Big East.GMAC Jan. 67 ESPN Mobile, Ala. ACC* vs. Mid-American Middle Tenn. State vs. Temple Owls are bowl eligible for first time since 1990.BCS title game Jan. 7 8 ABC Pasadena, Calif. BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2 Florida vs. Texas Sticking with my preseason pick.

*- conference tie-in unable to fill bowl allotment.; x-or Notre Dame

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