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Wide receiver Devin Smith #9 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scores a touchdown in the first quarter as safety Josh Furman #14 of the Michigan Wolverines defends during a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Devin Smith #9 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scores a touchdown in the first quarter as safety Josh Furman #14 of the Michigan Wolverines defends during a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

By Dave Miller, National Football Post

With Thanksgiving and a fantastic week of college football in the rearview mirror, the path towards the BCS national championship game has cleared even more as we approach Championship Saturday,

Week 14 is complete, so let's take a look at my current bowl projections for the 2013-14 postseason.

As always, of course, these projections are subject to change.

Key

* Replacement team for a conference that does not have enough bowl-eligible teams.

Notes

- After the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the final Bowl Championship Series standings are placed in the national championship game, contracted BCS bowl slots are taken up and replacement picks are made, the selection order for the final BCS is Orange, Sugar and Fiesta. In addition, the highest-ranked champ from a non-AQ conference is guaranteed a BCS berth if it finishes in the Top 12 or in the Top 16 and ahead of an AQ-conference champ in the final BCS standings.

- Teams appearing in bold have already accepted a bid.

Non-BCS bowls

Dec. 21 New Mexico (Albuquerque): San Jose State (MWC No. 4/5) vs. Arizona (Pac-12 No. 7)

Dec. 21 Las Vegas (Las Vegas): Fresno State (MWC No. 1) vs. USC (Pac-12 No. 5)

Dec. 21 Famous Idaho Potato (Boise): UNLV (MWC) vs. Buffalo (MAC No. 3)

Dec. 21 New Orleans (New Orleans): Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt No. 1) vs. Tulane (C-USA)

Dec. 23 Beef O’Brady’s (St. Petersburg): *Ohio (AAC No. 6) vs. East Carolina (C-USA)

Dec. 24 Hawaii (Honolulu): Colorado State (MWC) vs. Middle Tennessee (C-USA)

Dec. 26 Little Caesars (Detroit): *Pittsburgh (Big Ten No. 8) vs. Ball State (MAC)

Dec. 26 Poinsettia (San Diego): Boise State (MWC No. 2) vs. *Toledo (Army)

Dec. 27 Military (Washington, D.C.): Maryland (ACC No. 8) vs. North Texas (C-USA)

Dec. 27 Texas (Houston): Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Minnesota (Big Ten No. 6)

Dec. 27 Fight Hunger (San Francisco): Washington (Pac-12 No. 6) vs. BYU (BYU)

Dec. 28 Pinstripe (New York City): *Notre Dame (Big 12 No. 7) vs. Houston (AAC No. 4)

Dec. 28 Belk (Charlotte): Boston College (ACC No. 5) vs. Cincinnati (AAC No. 3)

Dec. 28 Russell Athletic (Orlando): Miami, FL (ACC No. 3) vs. Louisville (AAC No. 2)

Dec. 28 Buffalo Wild Wings (Phoenix): Texas (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Nebraska (Big Ten No. 4/5)

Dec. 30 Armed Forces (Fort Worth): Utah State (MWC) vs. Navy (Navy)

Dec. 30 Music City (Nashville): Georgia Tech (ACC No. 6) vs. Ole Miss (SEC No. 7)

Dec. 30 Alamo (San Antonio): Oklahoma (Big 12 No. 3) vs. Oregon (Pac-12 No. 2)

Dec. 30 Holiday (San Diego): Kansas State (Big 12 No. 5) vs. Arizona State (Pac-12 No. 3)

Dec. 31 Independence (Shreveport): North Carolina (ACC No. 7) vs. *Washington State (SEC No. 10)

Dec. 31 Sun (El Paso): Virginia Tech (ACC No. 4) vs. UCLA (Pac-12 No. 4)

Dec. 31 Liberty (Memphis): Marshall (C-USA No. 1) vs. Vanderbilt (AAC/SEC No. 8/9)

Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A (Atlanta): Duke (ACC No. 2) vs. Texas A&M (SEC No. 5)

Jan. 1 Gator (Jacksonville): Michigan (Big Ten No. 4/5) vs. Georgia (SEC No. 6)

Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas (Dallas): *Oregon State (Big Ten No. 7) vs. Rice (C-USA)

Jan. 1 Capital One (Orlando): Wisconsin (Big Ten No. 2) vs. Missouri (SEC No. 2)

Jan. 1 Outback (Tampa): Iowa (Big Ten No. 3) vs. South Carolina (SEC)

Jan. 3 Cotton (Arlington): Baylor (Big 12 No. 2) vs. LSU (SEC)

Jan. 4 BBVA Compass (Birmingham): Rutgers (AAC No. 5/C-USA) vs. Mississippi State (SEC No. 8/9)

Jan. 5 GoDaddy.com (Mobile): Bowling Green (MAC) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt No. 2)

BCS bowls

Jan. 1 Rose (Pasadena): Michigan State (Big Ten No. 1) vs. Stanford (Pac-12 No. 1)

Jan. 1 Fiesta (Glendale): Oklahoma State (Big 12 No. 1) vs. Northern Illinois (BCS)

Jan. 2 Sugar (New Orleans): Auburn (SEC No. 1) vs. Central Florida (AAC No. 1)

Jan. 3 Orange (Miami): Clemson (ACC No. 1) vs. Alabama (BCS)

Jan. 6 BCS national championship (Pasadena): Florida State (BCS No. 1) vs. Ohio State (BCS No. 2)

Dave Miller, the college football editor and writer for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.

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