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2011 Preseason Bowl Projections

New Mexico: Wyoming vs. Utah State
Famous Idaho Potato: Idaho vs. Northern Illinois
New Orleans: FIU vs. SMU
Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg: UCF vs. Temple
Poinsettia: San Diego State vs. Nevada
MAACO Las Vegas: Air Force vs. Washington
Hawaii: Hawaii vs. Southern Miss
Independence: TCU vs. Boston College
Little Caesar's: Miami, Ohio vs. Illinois
Belk: Clemson vs. UConn
Military: Navy vs. Ohio
Holiday: Baylor vs. Utah
Champs: N. C. State vs. Pittsburgh
Alamo: Texas Tech vs. Stanford
Armed Forces: BYU vs. Houston
Pinstripe: USF vs. Western Michigan
Music City: Maryland vs. Auburn
Insight: Northwestern vs. Oklahoma State
Meineke Car Care Bowl Of Texas: MIchigan vs. Troy
Sun: North Carolina vs. Arizona State
Liberty: Tulsa vs. Tennessee
Kraft Fight Hunger: Fresno State (contingency) vs. Kent State
Chick-fil-A: Florida State vs. Georgia
TicketCity: Penn State vs. Texas (contingency)
Outback: Michigan State vs. Arkansas
Capital One: Wisconsin vs. South Carolina
Gator: Ohio State vs. Florida
Rose: Nebraska vs. Oregon
Fiesta: Texas A&M vs. Boise State
Sugar: Notre Dame vs. LSU
Orange: West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
Cotton: Missouri vs. Mississippi State
GoDaddy.com: La.-Monroe vs. Toledo
BBVA Compass: Syracuse vs. Kentucky
BCS: Alabama vs. Oklahoma


BCS Selection Order: The order of selection for this year's BCS games is Fiesta, Sugar, Orange. 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.

NOTE: There are 70 bowl slots to fill and the computer projects only 68 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.

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.

Navy will be invited to the Military Bowl if it qualifies for selection. Navy has secured similar deals with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in 2012 and the Armed Forces Bowl in 2013.

Army will be invited to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl if it qualifies for selection. Army has secured similar arrangements with the Military Bowl in 2012 and the Poinsettia Bowl in 2013. For the 2011 season, a 9th bowl-eligible ACC team is next in line to fill either the PAC-12 or Army's slot, if necessary.

BYU will be invited to the Armed Forces Bowl if it qualifies for selection. The Cougars have secured similar arrangements with the Poinsettia Bowl in 2012 and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in 2013.

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