Bowl projections: Boise State on track to the BCS

Mike Ehrmann

With the season about two-thirds over, we can now take a look at where the Mountain West teams will land.

The college football season is nine weeks in, so we might as well join the band wagon and discuss the bowl projections for Mountain West teams. We took a look around the Internet and found a few websites that have projections out. It also looks like everyone is on the assumption that Boise State will go to a BCS bowl game, and one site has an interesting landing spot for the Broncos.

He also decided to mention Utah State and San Jose State, since they will be in the Mountain West next year, plus it makes the league look better.

First up is SB Nation's projections:

Bowl Date Matchup Team Team

Orange 1/1/2013 ACC 1 vs. At-large 3 Florida State Boise State

Armed Forces 12/29/12 MWC vs. C-USA New Mexico Houston

Military 12/27/2012 ACC 8 vs. Army Ball State* Utah State*

Hawaii 12/24/12 MWC/WAC vs. C-USA Nevada East Carolina

New Orleans 12/22/12 Sun Belt 1 vs. C-USA ULM San Jose State*

Las Vegas 12/22/12 MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 5 Fresno State UCLA

Poinsettia 12/20/12 MWC 2 vs. BYU San Diego State BYU

New Mexico 12/15/12 MWC 4/5 vs. Pac-12 7/WAC Air Force Washington

New Mexico goes bowling, it's now a thing.

Here are CBS Sports projections:

Bowl Date Matchup Team Team

Orange 1/1/2013 ACC 1 vs. At-large 3 Florida State Boise State

Armed Forces 12/29/12 MWC vs. C-USA Air Force East Carolina

Hawaii 12/24/12 MWC/WAC vs. C-USA San Jose State Marshall

Las Vegas 12/22/12 MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 5 Nevada Washington

Poinsettia 12/20/12 MWC 2 vs. BYU Fresno State BYU

New Mexico 12/15/12 MWC 4/5 vs. Pac-12 7/WAC San Diego State BYU

Idaho 12/15/12 MAC No. 3 vs. WAC
Utah State Northern Illinois*

Here are the projections from College Football News:

Bowl Date Matchup Team Team

Rose Bowl 1/1/2013 Big Ten 1 vs. Pac-12 1 Wisconsin Boise State

Armed Forces 12/29/12 MWC vs. C-USA Air Force Houston

Military 12/27/2012 ACC 8 vs. Army San Jose State* Ball State*

Hawaii 12/24/12 MWC/WAC vs. C-USA Nevada East Carolina

Las Vegas 12/22/12 MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 5 Fresno State Oregon State

Beef O' Brady 12/21/12 Big East 6 vs. C-USA Central Florida Utah State*

Poinsettia 12/20/12 MWC 2 vs. BYU San Diego State BYU

New Mexico 12/15/12 MWC 4/5 vs. Pac-12 7/WAC New Mexico Washington

Boise State in the Rose is a bit odd, and CFN makes the assumption that Oregon is in the title game, and the next best Pac-12 teams is outside of consideration at No. 16. This pick just seems odd, because the Rose Bowl would get to pick a replacement for losing Oregon. The SEC would take a SEC team, so they take Florida, but the Rose Bowl could still take Notre Dame or Oklahoma.

Both of those schools make more sense over Boise State, especially Notre Dame if they can go undefeated. This pick makes sense just because Boise State is out West, but there is no way they go to Pasadena.

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