The main fault of all of these projections is the failure to realize that Central Michigan has played in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Then the Motor City Bowl) THE LAST 3 YEARS! I doubt they'll be going there again considering the dramatic drop in attendance last year.
Also, almost nobody takes in to fact that Bowling Green will likely make it 7 wins by defeating dregs Akron & Toledo at home in their next 2 games, furthering the chaos in the Bowl universe. CBS is the exception.
There are only 7 ACC teams available for bowls now, so that becomes a double-edged sword for the MAC. It means we don't get an ACC opponent in the GMAC, but does open up a spot in the EagleBank Bowl for the #4 team in the MAC. Apparently the ESPN predictors don't realize this.
It also looks like the Big 10 won't be able to fill their 7th bowl spot for the Pizza Bowl unless Minnesota wins @ Iowa AND Michigan State beats Penn State at home. Not gonna happen.
The result? Sun Belt & Conference USA opponents galore. YAY.
Since I don't want to all the way to D.C. to play a C-USA team, the Ohio game Saturday becomes just that much more important if we want our pick of the litter. Especially with Bowling Green still in bowl contention. My ideal choice would be the International Bowl against the Big East #4.
The most interesting projection? ESPN's Mark Schlabach has Central Michigan taking on Notre Dame in the GMAC Bowl. Imagine the opportunities if we manage to win the MAC somehow.
Click through for the predictions
January 6, Mobile AL 7 pm ESPN
ACC vs. MAC
Projection: Middle Tennessee* vs. Temple
*No ACC team projected available
January 2, Toronto, Canada, Noon, ESPN2
Big East vs. MAC No. 4 or 5
Projection: Rutgers vs. Ohio
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
December 26th, Detroit MI, 5 pm, ESPN
Big Ten No. 7 vs. MAC
Projection: Connecticut* vs. Central Michigan
*No Big Ten team projected available
December 30th, Washington DC, 4:30 pm ESPN ACC No. 8 vs. Army or C-USA
Projection: Northern Illinois* vs. East Carolina
*No ACC team projected available
GMAC: Temple vs MTSU
International: Pittsburgh vs Ohio
Pizza: Central Michigan vs Marshall
EagleBank: Northern Illinois vs Tulsa
New Mexico: Bowling Green vs Nevada
GMAC: Temple vs UL-Monroe
International: Rutgers vs CMU
Pizza: MTSU vs Northern Illinois
EagleBank: Ohio vs UCF
GMAC Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. UAB*
International Bowl: Rutgers vs. Temple
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee State*
EagleBank Bowl: Ohio* vs. Marshall*
GMAC Bowl: Northern Illinois vs.
International Bowl: Temple vs. Big East
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Central Michigan vs.
EagleBank Bowl: Ohio vs. C-USA
GMAC: Notre Dame vs Central Michigan
International: South Florida vs Northern Illinois
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Temple vs Louisiana-Monroe
GMAC: Southern Methodist vs Central Michigan
International: West Virginia vs Temple
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Northern Illinois vs Iowa State
GMAC Bowl: Middle Tenn. State vs. Central Michigan
International Bowl: USF vs. Northern Illinois
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Louisiana-Monroe** vs. Ohio
Eagle Bank Bowl: Temple vs. Marshall
GMAC: Ohio vs Louisiana-Monroe
International: USF vs Temple
Little Caesars: Central Michigan vs Connecticut
New Mexico: Northern Illinois vs Nevada
GMAC: Louisiana-Monroe vs Northern Illinois
International: Rutgers vs Temple
Pizza: Middle Tennessee vs Central Michigan
EagleBank: Marshall vs Ohio
What bowl do you want to go to?