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2008 Preseason Bowl Projections

(g) Eagle Bank: Nevada (b) vs. Ball State
New Mexico: Air Force vs. Fresno State
St. Petersburg: Pitt vs. East Carolina
Las Vegas: Utah vs. California
New Orleans: FAU vs. Southern Miss
Poinsettia: New Mexico vs. UL-Monroe (c)
Hawaii: Hawaii vs. Temple (d)
Motor City: Indiana vs. Bowling Green (f)
Meineke: North Carolina vs. USF
Champs Sports: Clemson vs. Michigan
Emerald: Miami (Ohio) (d) vs. Maryland
Independence: South Carolina vs. Texas A&M Rutgers vs. Troy (e)
Alamo: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech
Humanitarian: Boise State vs. Florida State
Holiday: Oklahoma vs. Oregon State
Texas: Nebraska vs. Houston
Armed Forces: Memphis vs. TCU
Sun: Arizona State vs. Missouri
Music City: Mississippi State vs. Virginia
Insight: Oklahoma State vs. Illinois
Chick-fil-A: Kentucky vs. Boston College
Outback: Auburn vs. Purdue
Capital One: Penn State vs. LSU
Gator: Cincinnati vs. Wake Forest
Rose: USC vs. Wisconsin (a)
Orange: Florida vs. Virginia Tech - (a)
Cotton: Texas vs. Tennessee
Liberty: Alabama vs. Tulsa
Sugar: West Virginia vs. Oregon - (a)
International: UConn vs. Buffalo
Fiesta: BYU vs. Kansas - (a)
GMAC: UCF vs. Central Michigan (f)
BCS: Ohio State vs. Georgia

NOTES: Notre Dame is automatically eligible for all bowls in which the Big East has a commitment, as well as the BCS.

Sun Belt teams are next in line to fill slots in the St. Petersburg, and Independence Bowls if primary conferences do not have an eligible team. The WAC has a similar provisional arrangement with the Poinsettia and GMAC Bowls.

a-Explanation of BCS Projections: After the BCS title game is settled, the bowl that loses a host champ gets to replace that champion. The Sugar loses Georgia so it picks first. It could take the runner-up SEC team, but we think it would make sure it landed an eligible conference champ that travels well - (i.e., West Virginia). After that, the Orange takes the ACC champ (VT). Next, the Fiesta takes Kansas as the Big 12 champ. Then it goes back to the Orange which isn't going to skip on Florida. The Fiesta will take BYU because of its regional tie-in. That sends Oregon to the Sugar which is ecstatic because new blood equals good travel.

Get more details on BCS Selection Procedures.

b-Neither Army, Navy or #9 ACC eligible. Pick goes to MAC, CUSA, Big 10 or at-large selection, based on availability.
c-No PAC-10 team available. Pick goes to at-large selection.
d-No PAC-10 team available. Pick goes to at-large selection.
e-No SEC team available. Sun Belt next in line.
f-MAC Champ goes to GMAC, runner up to Motor City to avoid 3 straight CMU appearances in Detroit.
g-Originally named the Congressional Bowl when it received certification in 2008.


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