Originally written on Athlon Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

College football's bowl season is inching closer, but it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like. With 11 weeks of...

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
7 Comments:
  • I expect Rutgers to beat Louisville with their strong defense and represent the Big East in a BCS game.
  • Rutgers has to beat Cincy first but I think RU loses both of those games. I'm a Rutgers grad and fan but this team is not very impressive and relies on the D to score or at least get several turnovers to shorten the field for the O. That's tough to do every week.
  • Under normal circumstances I would LOVE to see Nebraska vs Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl! How is it, though, that the Rose Bowl wouldn't take the next Pac-12 team after Oregon goes to the National Title game? I understand that at large big for the BCS, but thats what the Fiesta Bowl and Sugar Bowl are for! Either way...I'm liking some of these match ups!!! Hopefully they stick and Alabama stays OUT of the title game!! GO BIG RED
  • Barring any minor miracles and an inordinate number of leprechauns on the field for Notre Dame, I pretty much agree with your litany of bowl matchups. As an ND Alum I, of course, hope for the best, but why wouldn't it be possible to match up ND with Alabama if the Ducks and the J-Hawks duke it out?
  • The "J-Hawks" haven't won a game since they beat South Dakota State at home in week 1. They still have to play Iowa State at home and will go to Morgantown to face West Virginia. They won't win either of these games, and will finish 1-11 on the season and 0-9 in the conference. So tell me, why would you think the "J-Hawks" will get to "duke it out" with the Ducks?

    Oh, you meant to say "Wildcats," from Kansas STATE. Got it.

    To answer your question, the BCS bowls don't just get to pick their teams. Each has conference tie-ins. Were there no BCS, under the current alignment, a Big XII champion K-State would play in the Fiesta, and Pac-12 Champion Oregon would go to the Rose to face the Big Ten champion (looking to be Nebraska). Since both bowls are losing the two highest ranked teams to the title game, they get to pick which at-large team they want to invite. Personally, I would expect the Rose to invite Notre Dame with the first pick (since I expect Oregon to switch places with K-State and finish #1), to face Big Ten winner Nebraska. The Fiesta would then pick OU as the Big XII runner up to maintain that tie-in, and invite the Aggies since they're closer to Tucson than Alabama. With two SEC teams already in, the winner of the conference championship would get an automatic berth in the Sugar Bowl, and the runner-up would go to some non-BCS bowl (since no conference can field more than 2 teams in BCS bowls).
  • . . . and I think Georgia may be getting short changed by you. They're a top notch team overall. I'm just sayin' . . .
  • The SEC top five Alabama, LSU, Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M. Have played who out of conferance!SMU-South Carolina st-(Taxes A&M)!Buffalo-Florida Alt(Georgia)!Bolwling Green-LA Lafayette(Florida)!North Texas-Washington-Idaho-Towson(LSU)!Michigan-W Kentucky-Florida Atl(Alabama)! Non of those teams are really good-NO top 24-and only Washington and Michigan were ranked So they play No top teams out of conferance, they never travel north for the winter! How tough are they really?
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jets players rip Patriots over Deflategate

Tom Brady: 'My feelings got hurt' in Deflategate controversy

Odell Beckham Jr. says he played with two hamstring tears

Report: A-Rod apologized to new MLB commissioner

Pete Carroll empathizes with Belichick, Pats in Deflategate

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Max Scherzer thanks Tigers with full page newspaper ad

Ray Lewis: Patriots should have asterisk for cheating

Report: Cavs players believed team lacked depth

Richard Sherman calls out Kraft, Goodell over their friendship

Brandon Jennings to miss 6-9 months with Achilles injury

Report: Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

NFL finally getting its own YouTube channel

20 most amazing stats in Super Bowl history

Six X-factors who could make an impact in Super Bowl XLIX

Five potentially fatal flaws for Patriots in the Super Bowl

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Opposing Packers celebrate Pro Bowl TD

WATCH: Sherman, Peterson hug it out at Pro Bowl

WATCH: Chris Berman is not happy at the Pro Bowl

PHOTO: Brock Lesnar's tramp stamp says ‘Kill ‘em All’

WATCH: Hassan Whiteside blocks five shots in 7 minutes

Duke unveils 'K' hats after Coach K's 1,000th victory

Irina Shayk dumped Ronaldo over cheating rumors?

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NFL finally getting YouTube channel

20 amazing stats in Super Bowl history

Tom Brady: 'My feelings got hurt'

Potential 'X-factor' Super Bowl players

Potential fatal flaws for Pats in SB XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Chris Berman isn't happy at the Pro Bowl

Brandon Jennings out 6-9 months

Josh Gordon tests positive for alcohol

Report: A-Rod's apology meeting request gets rejected

Harbaugh rapidly landing recruits

WATCH: 'SNL' spoofs Deflategate

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.