Arizona Bowl Picture Clears Up: Arizona To Holiday While BCS Title Game And Fiesta Bowl Feature Top Teams

Bowl projectionist have the U of A Wildcats going to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego while Oregon will face Auburn in the BCS Title Game in Glendale. Connecticut and Oklahoma likely to face off in Fiesta Bowl.

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Insight Bowl: Missouri Tigers, Not Nebraska Cornhuskers, To Face Iowa Hawkeyes

It appears as though the Missouri Tigers have been invited to the Insight Bowl per multiple sources. They will play the Iowa Hawkeyes, putting a 10-2 Big 12 team against a 7-5 Big Ten team.

Iowa and Missouri is a good matchup featuring two midwestern schools that could build into a rivalry. Nebraska will be relegated to the Holiday Bowl for the second season in a row.

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Insight Bowl Projection: Iowa Hawkeyes To Meet Up With Nebraska Cornhuskers

Here's a shot in the dark. With suspected favorite Michigan accepting an invitation to the Gator Bowl, the Insight Bowl is left with a choice between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Both fanbases are excellent travelers, but since Iowa is much closer geographically, I believe that they will be given the nod from the selection committee.

As for the Nebraska Cornhuskers going to the Insight Bowl, it is my understanding that the choice is between Nebraska and the Missouri Tigers. When comparing the two squads, the dreaded "fanbase" argument also applies, and the Cornhuskers will likely show up in greater numbers than Missouri fans would.

Keep in mind that Missouri has a road game against the Arizona St. Sun Devils next September, and it's doubtful that Tigers fans will travel to Phoenix twice in one calendar year to watch a football game (though anything is possible).

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BCS Championship 2011: Three Undefeateds, Two Spots On The Line

It’s D-D Day for the top two college football teams in the BCS rankings, Auburn and Oregon.

As in , Do or Die. Should both teams win their games later today — No.1 Auburn vs. No. 19 South Carolina in the SEC championship game in Atlanta and No. 2 Oregon at Oregon State in the annual Civil War — the matchup for the 2011 BCS national championship will be set. The Tigers and Ducks will be headed out this way to Glendale for a showdown at University of Phoenix Stadium on Jan. 10.

But if one team should fall and lose for the first time this season, the door swings wide open for the only other undefeated team in the nation, TCU, to take a spot in the BCS title game. TCU’s regular season is over and the Horned Frogs finished 12-0.

Auburn has the toughest road to Glendale. After rallying from 24 points down to win at Alabama 28-27 last week, Warr Eagle has to beat Steve Spurrier and South Carolina for the SEC title and the right to play for the big prize. The ol’ ball coach and his team will be further motivated to play spoiler after Auburn beat the Gamecocks 35-27 in September, rallying from a 13-point deficit in that one.

Oregon (11-0) knows comebacks, too, except the Ducks have rallied early enough in games so as to make the fourth quarter an offensive show where they simply have turned on the afterburners and run away from opponents. The exception was the Cal game last month, which Oregon won 15-13 but chewed up clock in the fourth quarter with a long drive.

The Ducks are big favorites on Saturday, but Oregon State is driven by two things: the chance to become bowl-eligible with a win, and the chance to spoil Oregon’s dream season after the Ducks knocked OSU out of the Rose Bowl the past two seasons.

Oregon’s consolation prize for a loss today isn’t a bad one. The Ducks, already with a share of the Pac-10 championship, would get the Rose Bowl. Auburn would still get a BCS bowl, probably the Orange Bowl, if it loses.

For the BCS, the ideal situation is that both Auburn and Oregon win so as to avoid controversy. TCU, as a mid-major, certainly isn’t a complete lock for the BCS championship game if either Auburn or Oregon lose, though the Frogs will have earned their spot by going undefeated.

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Arizona State's Bowl Waiver Denied, Sun Devils' 6-6 Season Ends On High Note

According to a tweet from Arizona State’s official account, the school's waiver to attend a bowl game despite not meeting the seven-win requirement has been denied. The tweet reads, "Director of Operations John Wrenn informed #ASUDevilscom there will be no bowl game for the #SunDevils. Waiver denied."

"We end up going 6-6 and beating the University of Arizona. We would have liked to have played another game, but we didn't win seven games, that's the bottom line. We did finish the season like we wanted. I'll take that game last night over any bowl game," Dennis Erickson, ASU Head Football Coach

With the waiver denied, the Sun Devils' season comes to an end in grand and dramatic fashion with Thursday’s win over in-state rival University of Arizona.

"It's obviously disappointing that we will not be playing in a bowl game. That being said, the win last night over Arizona in Tucson was as exciting as any game I have ever been a part of, and being able to say that my last game at ASU brought the Territorial Cup back to Tempe is something I will never forget. I am so proud of how the team played and I am honored that I was a part of the Sun Devil football program," Thomas Weber, Senior Kicker, Team Co-Captain.

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Arizona Bowl Projections: Fiesta Bowl, Insight Bowl, and BCS National Championship Game

Metropolitan Phoenix hosts two bowls annually: the Fiesta Bowl and the Insight Bowl. Every four years, Arizona is also treated to the BCS National Championship Game, and 2011 happens to be one of those years. With that in mind, let's take a look at who is projected to play in these bowls.

Note: these projections are based on current BCS standings and guesswork. Feel free to disagree with me as you see fit.

First off, the Insight Bowl, which hosts the third choice from the Big 12 and the fourth choice from the Big Ten. The game will be played at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28. Currently, SB Nation Arizona projects that the Oklahoma Sooners will win the Big 12 championship game, pushing Oklahoma St. into the Alamo Bowl, and landing the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Tempe.

When it comes to the Big Ten, the conference is very top-heavy, with three teams that finished 11-1. Two of them will be playing in BCS bowls, while a third (possibly the Michigan St. Spartans) will end up in the Capital One Bowl. After that, the Insight Bowl gets to make its selection, and I fully anticipate the Michigan Wolverines and their huge fanbase to get the nod.

Insight Bowl: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Michigan Wolverines. Not bad, huh?

Next, we look at the Fiesta Bowl. They will take the Big 12 champion (Oklahoma Sooners) and will be left with either the Big East champion (Connecticut Huskies) or the Stanford Cardinal, depending on who the Orange Bowl picks.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Connecticut Huskies. The Big East strikes again.

Finally, we are left with the BCS title game. One thing we know for sure: the Oregon Ducks will be playing. The only question remaining is whether or not the Auburn Tigers will defeat the South Carolina Gamecocks in the SEC Championship game. Right now, with Cam Newton eligible to play, it looks like the Tigers will go undefeated in regular season play.

BCS National Championship Game: #1 Auburn Tigers vs. #2 Oregon Ducks. This will be a game for the ages, to be sure.

There you have it, folks. Feel free to disagree with this analysis in the comments section.

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