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BCS Bowl Projections: Notre Dame Grabs Title Game Spot; Alabama Picked To Join Irish

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By Dave Miller, National Football Post

As we put a bow on Thanksgiving weekend, let’s take a look at some hypothetical BCS matchups for the 2012-13 bowl season.

I will revisit these projections one more time before the final BCS standings come out as I try to determine where your team may or may not be headed for the holidays. But for now, let’s have some fun and look at some possible matchups in January.

Projections subject to change

Notes

The champions of specific conferences are contractually committed to certain bowls — unless they are No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS standings…

ACC = Orange; Big Ten = Rose; Big 12 = Fiesta; Pac-12 = Rose; SEC = Sugar

If a bowl loses a host team to the title game, then the bowl gets first choice at a replacement team. The rest of the selection order for 2012-13 is: Fiesta, Sugar and Orange.

BCS bowls

Jan. 1 Rose: Nebraska (Big Ten) vs. Stanford (Pac-12)

Jan. 1 Orange: Florida State (ACC) vs. Louisville (at-large)

Jan. 2 Sugar: Florida (SEC) vs. Oklahoma (at-large)

Jan. 3 Fiesta: Kansas State (Big 12) vs. Oregon (at-large)

Jan. 7 BCS national championship (Miami): Notre Dame (BCS No. 1) vs. Alabama (BCS No. 2)

There's one more weekend of football to be played, but Saturday night certainly put the BCS picture into a little more focus. Notre Dame beat USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum, so Brian Kelly's squad will play for the national championship. And the Alabama-Georgia winner of the SEC title game will be the likely opponent. Florida may have the better resume compared to the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs, but the Gators will likely be shut out of the title game along with one-loss Oregon.

Email dave.miller@nationalfootballpost.com or follow me on Twitter at Miller_Dave

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