Useless ESPN Bowl Projections Week 13

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on November 25th, 2012 at 8:51 PM


In this week's useless ESPN bowl projections, here are the B1G bowl games predicted by ESPN's Edwards & Schlabach.

Italics= Not enough B1G teams bowl eligible to fill slots.

Bowl Schlabach Edwards
Rose Bowl presented by Vizio Nebraska vs Stanford Nebraska vs Stanford
Capital One Bowl Michigan vs Texas A&M Michigan vs Texas A&M
Outback Bowl Northwestern vs LSU Northwestern vs South Carolina Gator Bowl Wisconsin vs South Carolina Wisconsin vs Vanderbilt
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl State vs TCU State vs TCU
Meineke Car Care Bowl of TX Purdue vs Baylor Purdue vs Texas Tech
Heart of Dallas Bowl Minnesota vs Iowa St. Minnesota vs Iowa St.
Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl No. Illinois vs Mid. Tenn St. No. Illinois vs San Jose St.

Other matchups of note-

Bowl Schlabach Edwards
BCS National Championship Georgia vs Notre Dame Alabama vs Notre Dame
AT&T Cotton Bowl Texas vs Alabama Texas vs LSU
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Air Force vs UCF Air Force vs SMU




November 25th, 2012 at 9:19 PM ^

It'd be a great match up. But I'd also like to see us face Georgia or LSU or someone like that. As long as our offense doesn't play like it did in the second half... If that's the case i hope we plau UMASS.


November 25th, 2012 at 9:21 PM ^

Not scared to play anybody. This Michigan team is talented and much better now than week 1. We would give the Aggies all they could handle.

4 losses this year to teams that have lost a total of 3 games... To much panic on these boards.

Wolverine Devotee

November 25th, 2012 at 9:26 PM ^

My prediction: Michigan vs LSU.

Matchup with Miles against his alma mater is too good to pass up. Michigan has never played LSU. Plus the Cotton Bowl is probably salivating at a Texas-TAMU matchup a year after the rivalry ended. 


turd ferguson

November 25th, 2012 at 9:38 PM ^

I agree, and I say bring on the Tigers.  Unless we're playing for a national championship or Rose Bowl title, I'm not too concerned about losing a bowl game.  I'd rather have a high-profile, interesting, challenging bowl matchup even if that means we're less likely to win.  LSU would certainly be high-profile, interesting, and challenging.

(For what it's worth, I have a very different philosophy with non-conference scheduling, where I generally think it's a mistake to schedule games like this year's Alabama game.  Losses hurt more there.)

User -not THAT user

November 25th, 2012 at 10:27 PM ^

Of course, I was disappointed to get Miss State in the Gator Bowl a couple of years ago...just didn't seem like a glamorous match-up at all.

By halftime, it occurred to me that the Maroon Bulldogs fans were probably thinking the same thing.

Seriously, these conference tie-ins to the bowl games are the worst.  The ESS EEE SEE fans have got to be sick of kicking the crap out of the B1G and the ACC by now.  I used to get sick of always playing Arkansas or Ole Miss or Auburn in Florida during the Moeller/Carr years...and those were games Michigan won pretty easily at the time.

Wolverine Devotee

November 25th, 2012 at 10:34 PM ^

I'm clamoring for a complete wipe of the bowl tie ins. I want to see Michigan play in the Cotton Bowl soooo badly. It's the only major bowl they haven't won or played in. 

I want to see Michigan play in bowls like the Chick-fil-A (Peach), Sun Bowl and others because they have storied histories. Wouldn't even mind maybe a game with texas at the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. 


November 25th, 2012 at 9:30 PM ^

If Kent St. beats N.Illinois and either UCLA, FSU, or Nebreska lose and Kansas State does as expected and beats Texas it appears that Kent St. would be BCS bound.  Also Rutgers can win the Big East with a win Thursday and possibly head to the Sugar Bowl.


November 25th, 2012 at 9:38 PM ^

Uhhh, no. First, they gotta crack the top 14 to be eligible. Second, they're not gonna get selected as an at large unless scandals pop up for 4-5 schools and make them ineligible for the postseason (not happening). Third, they have to finish top 6 to auto-qualify for a BCS bowl and that's ain't happening. 

So no, Kent St will not get to a BCS bowl. 


November 25th, 2012 at 10:04 PM ^

Top 16 and they get an auto.  Its top 12 unless they are ranked above a BCS conference champion and they wil be above the Big East champ.

" The champion of Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if either:

A. Such team is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings, or

 B. Such team is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS Standings and its ranking in the final BCS Standings is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls."




November 25th, 2012 at 9:36 PM ^

Based on the current Sagarin  numbers, these would be predicted lines. The highlighted number(s) indicate a game in which the Big Ten pick would actually be favored:


Bowl Schlabach Predicted Line Edwards Predicted Line
Rose Bowl presented by Vizio Nebraska vs Stanford 6.69 Nebraska vs Stanford 6.69
Capital One Bowl Michigan vs Texas A&M 10.7 Michigan vs Texas A&M 10.7
Outback Bowl Northwestern vs LSU 8.07 Northwestern vs South Carolina 8.97 Gator Bowl Wisconsin vs South Carolina 7.05 Wisconsin vs Vanderbilt 2.01
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl State vs TCU 4.19 State vs TCU 4.19
Meineke Car Care Bowl of TX Purdue vs Baylor 14.03 Purdue vs Texas Tech 11.59
Heart of Dallas Bowl Minnesota vs Iowa St. 10.88 Minnesota vs Iowa St. 10.88



November 26th, 2012 at 9:00 AM ^

I highly doubt A&M falls to the Cap 1. The Cotton Bowl gets the first pick from SEC teams and it would be shocking if they passed on A&M. Huge alumni base in Dallas. High profile player. Almost guaranteed interesting matchup.

Assuming Florida's getting the SEC's second BCS bid, of the SEC title game losers, Georgia is a long way from Dallas (and not nearly as attractive a team as A&M) and Alabama's already played in Dallas this year. LSU is probably the second most likely for the Cotton, but again, Johnny Football, Heisman winner from a Texas school, is pretty much irresistible to the Cotton Bowl. About the only way A&M doesn't go is if Deloss Dodds informs the Cotton Bowl Committee through back channels that a matchup with A&M isn't acceptable to UT, but A&M may be more attractive than even UT to the Cotton Bowl this year.