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Our 2009 Preseason Bowl Projections correctly picked 51 of the 68 bowl teams

2010 Preseason Bowl Projections

New Mexico: Wyoming vs. Louisiana Tech
Humanitarian: Fresno State vs. Ohio
New Orleans: MTSU vs. UAB
St. Petersburg: Rutgers vs. Southern Miss
MAACO Las Vegas: Utah vs. California
Poinsettia: BYU vs. Navy
Hawaii: Houston vs. Idaho
Little Caesar's: Central Michigan vs. UL-Lafayette (Sun Belt backup)
Independence: Air Force vs. Florida State
Champs: West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
Insight: Northwestern vs. Missouri
Military: Army (contingency) vs. Tulsa
Texas: Michigan State vs. UTEP (at-large)
Alamo: Texas Tech vs. Oregon State
Armed Forces: UCF vs. Texas A&M (contingency)
Pinstripe: Pittsburgh vs. East Carolina (at-large)
Music City: Miami (Fla.) vs. LSU
Holiday: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford
Meineke: Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Sun: Clemson vs. Arizona
Liberty: Tennessee (contingency) vs. SMU
Chick-fil-A: Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina
TicketCity: Michigan vs. Utah State (at-large)
Outback: Mississippi vs. Wisconsin
Capital One: Iowa vs. Arkansas
Gator: Penn State vs. Georgia
Rose: Ohio State vs. Oregon
Fiesta: Connecticut vs. Oklahoma
Orange: Florida vs. North Carolina
Sugar: Alabama vs. TCU Troy vs. Temple
Cotton: Auburn vs. Nebraska
BBVA Compass: UCF vs. Northern Illinois (MAC backup)
Kraft Fight Hunger: Nevada vs. UCLA (contingency)
BCS: Boise State vs. Texas

*- Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl was formerly the Emerald Bowl.
^- TicketCity Bowl was originally named the Dallas Football Classic.
$- was formerly the GMAC Bowl.
+- BBVA Compass Bowl was formerly the Bowl.
@- Military Bowl was formerly the EagleBank Bowl.
#- Planned renovations of TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium force the relocation of this year's Armed Forces Bowl to Gerald J. Ford Stadium at SMU.

NOTE: There are 70 bowl slots to fill and the computer projects only 66 eligible teams with records of 6-6 or better. That leaves the NCAA to determine what to do with the eligibility of teams with records of 5-7. We would expect those invitations to go to higher-profile schools and/or institutions within the geographical area of the game. Those projections are labeled contingency in parenthesis.

BCS Selection Order: The order of selection for this year's BCS games is Sugar, Orange, Fiesta. However, the bowls that lose host conference champions to the BCS title game get to replace those teams before other selections are made.
BCS Selection Procedures.

Notre Dame is eligible for all bowls in which the Big East has a commitment, as well as the BCS. It also serves as the backup for the Big 12 in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Poinsettia Bowl will invite Navy if it qualifies for selection. Navy has secured similar deals with the Military Bowl in 2011, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in 2012 and the Armed Forces Bowl in 2013. The WAC is the backup choice for the Poinsettia Bowl if Navy is not bowl eligible in 2010.

Army has no such guarantee this year. It has a provisional agreement to play in the Armed Forces Bowl if it has at least 6 wins prior to the game with Navy, and either the MWC or CUSA can not provide an eligible team. If Army qualifies for selection in 2011, it will be invited to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Army has secured similar arrangements with the Military Bowl in 2012 and the Poinsettia Bowl in 2013.

Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl gets the first pick of MAC teams in 2010 and 2012, and the second pick in 2011 and 2013. The Bowl gets the second pick in 2010 and 2012, and the first selection in 2011 and 2013.

Sun Belt teams with records of 7-5 or better are next in line to fill the Big 10's slot in the Little Caesar's Bowl if the Big 10 does not have an eligible team. The Sun Belt is also the first backup for any opening in the St. Petersburg Bowl, and has a secondary provisional agreement for the BBVA Bowl.

The MAC is the primary backup for the BBVA Compass Bowl and second backup for the TicketCity Bowl.

The Big East has a provisional slot in the Liberty Bowl.

CUSA is the primary backup for the TicketCity Bowl and the contingency backup for the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Hawaii is automatically invited to the Hawaii Bowl if it has at least 7 wins. Otherwise, the WAC sends its 3rd-place team.


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