2011 College Football Bowl Projections: Super Early Edition

The start of the college football season is still 106 days away, but it is never to early to project the bowl season to pass the time during the off season. Over at College Football News they put together their projections of all the bowl games.

December 17, 2011 Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Bowl
Mountain West No. 5 vs. WAC
Way Too Early Projection: Colorado State vs. Arizona*

Arizona gets in because the WAC will not have enough eligible teams and the Mountain West may have a tough time getting a team into this bowl game since the projections have a Mountain West team in a BCS bowl game. If the Mountain West does fill this spot it means the league will have had a good year.

December 21, 2011 San Diego, CA
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl 8:00 pm ESPN
Mountain West No. 2 vs. WAC
Way Too Early Projection: Air Force vs. Louisiana Tech

Since the bowl games are chosen by bowl order and not order of finish it is hard to see San Diego State not getting the nod here.

 

December 22, 2011 Las Vegas, NV
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl 8:00 pm ESPN
Mountain West No. 1 vs. Pac-12 No. 5
Way Too Early Projection: TCU vs. Utah

This will be an intriguing matchup if Utah does end up going to the Las Vegas Bowl as a member of the Pac-12. TCU most likely will be in the top-15 by the end of the season while Utah probably will have a 7-5 record.

December 26, 2011 Shreveport, LA
Advocare V100 Independence Bowl 5:00 pm ESPN
Mountain West No. 3 vs. ACC No. 7
Way Too Early Projection: San Diego State vs. Georgia Tech

This would be a matchup of extreme differences in offensive philosophy with the passing attack of San Diego State compared to Georgia Tech's triple option offense.

January 3 or 4, 2012 Miami, FL
Orange Bowl 8:00 pm ESPN
ACC No. 1 vs. BCS at-large
Way Too Early Projection: Florida State vs. Boise State

The Broncos land here by beating TCU late in the season and since the Orange Bowl has the last selection of the BCS bowl games in 2012.

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