Mobile version. Acronyms are explained below. All times Eastern and PM, except where obvious. As of 12/07/2009 01:42:21 AM -0800 .
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 19||Albuquerque, NM||4:30||ESPN||MWC #3/4||WAC||Wyoming||Fresno State|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 19||St. Petersburg, FL||8:00||ESPN||C-USA #2/3/4/5||Big East #5/6/ND||Central Florida**||South Florida|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 20||New Orleans, LA||8:15||ESPN||Sun Belt #1||C-USA #2/3/4/5||Troy**||Southern Miss|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 22||Las Vegas, NV||8:00||ESPN||MWC #1||Pac-10 #4/5||Utah||Oregon State|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 23||San Diego, CA||8:00||ESPN||MWC #2||Pac-10 #6/WAC||BYU||California|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||Honolulu, HI||8:00||ESPN||C-USA #2/3/4/5||WAC||SMU*||Nevada|
|Little Caesars Pizza Bowl||Dec. 26||Detroit, MI||1:00||ESPN||MAC||Big Ten #7||Ohio||MTSU?|
|Car Care Bowl||Dec. 26||Charlotte, NC||4:30||ESPN||ACC #5/6/7||Big East #3/ND||North Carolina||Pittsburgh|
|Emerald Bowl||Dec. 26||San Francisco, CA||8:00||ESPN||ACC #5/6/7||Pac-10 #4/5||Boston College||Stanford|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 27||Nashville, TN||8:15||ESPN||SEC #6/7||ACC #5/6/7||Kentucky||Clemson|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 28||Shreveport, LA||5:00||ESPN2||Big 12 #7||SEC #8||Texas A&M||Georgia|
|EagleBank Bowl||Dec. 29||Washington, D.C.||4:30||ESPN||ACC #8||Army/C-USA||Bowling Green?||Marshall|
|Champs Sports Bowl||Dec. 29||Orlando, FL||8:00||ESPN||ACC #4||Big Ten #5||Miami||Minnesota|
|Humanitarian Bowl||Dec. 30||Boise, ID||4:30||ESPN||WAC||MWC #5||Idaho||Northern Illinois?|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 30||San Diego, CA||8:00||ESPN||Pac-10 #2||Big 12 #3||Arizona||Nebraska|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 31||Fort Worth, TX||12:00||ESPN||MWC #3/4||C-USA #2/3/4/5||Air Force**||Houston|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 31||El Paso, TX||2:00||CBS||Pac-10 #3||Big 12 #5||Southern Cal||Texas Tech|
|Texas Bowl||Dec. 31||Houston, TX||3:30||ESPN||Big 12 #8/C-USA||Navy||Iowa State||Navy**|
|Insight Bowl||Dec. 31||Tempe, AZ||6:00||NFL||Big 12 #6||Big Ten #6||Missouri||Michigan State|
|Peach^ Bowl||Dec. 31||Atlanta, GA||7:30||ESPN||ACC #2||SEC #3/4/5||Virginia Tech||Tennessee|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 1||Tampa, FL||11:00||ESPN||Big Ten #3||SEC #3/4/5||Wisconsin||Auburn**|
|Gator Bowl||Jan. 1||Jacksonville, FL||1:00||CBS||ACC #3||Big East #2/ND||Florida State||West Virginia*|
|Capital One Bowl||Jan. 1||Orlando, FL||1:00||ABC||SEC #2||Big Ten #2||LSU**||Iowa|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 1||Pasadena, CA||5:00||ABC||BCS (Big Ten #1)||BCS (Pac-10 #1)||Ohio State**||Oregon**|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 1||New Orleans, LA||8:00||FOX||BCS (SEC #1)||BCS (At-large)||Florida||Boise State|
|International Bowl||Jan. 2||Toronto, ON, CA||12:00||ESPN2||MAC||Big East #4||Temple||Connecticut|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||Arlington, TX||2:00||FOX||Big 12 #2||SEC #3/4/5||Oklahoma State*||Mississippi**|
|Papajohns.com Bowl||Jan. 2||Birmingham, AL||2:00||ESPN||Big East #5/6||SEC #9||Rutgers||South Carolina*|
|Liberty Bowl||Jan. 2||Memphis, TN||5:30||ESPN||C-USA #1||SEC #6/7||East Carolina||Arkansas**|
|Alamo Bowl||Jan. 2||San Antonio, TX||9:00||ESPN||Big 12 #4||Big Ten #4||Oklahoma||Northwester|
|Fiesta Bowl||Jan. 4||Glendale, AZ||8:00||FOX||BCS (Big 12 #1)||BCS (At-large)||Penn State||TCU|
|Orange Bowl||Jan. 5||Miami, FL||8:00||FOX||BCS (ACC #1)||BCS (At-large)||Georgia Tech**||Cincinnati|
|GMAC Bowl||Jan. 6||Mobile, AL||7:00||ESPN||MAC||ACC #9||Central Michigan||UCLA?|
|BCS Championship Game||Jan. 7||Los Angeles, CA||8:00||ABC||BCS #1||BCS #2||Alabama||Texas|
Teams 6-6 or better that need at-large bids: UL-Monroe (6-6), UL-Lafayette (6-6)
Past years: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999
BCS Selection Process for 2007-2010:
The order of selection is as follows:
1. The top 2 teams go to the national title game and conference champs of the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, Pac-10, and SEC go to their games.
2. The bowls that lose their automatic qualifiers get to replace them first. (The bowl that would have the #1 team goes first.)
3. The remaining bowls pick automatic qualifiers and at-large teams in the reverse order when they will be played (so, this year, the order is Orange, Fiesta, and then Sugar).
What is an automatic qualifier? Well, here are the criteria (in order):
1. You finish in the top two of the standings.
2. You are the champion of the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, or Southeastern Conference.
3. You are a the champion of C-USA, the MAC, the MWC, the Sun Belt, or the WAC and you:
a) Are ranked in the top 12
b) Or are in the top 16 and ranked above a team that qualifies under rule 2.
No more than one team meeting these provisions may get an auto-berth and the highest ranked team gets it.
4. Notre Dame will qualify if they are ranked 8th or higher.
5. If the 3rd ranked team has not earned an automatic berth by this point and there are less than 10 qualifiers, then that team gets it as long as no team in its conference is in the national title game.
6. If the 4th ranked team has not earned a berth by this point and there are less than 10 qualifiers, then that team gets it as long as no team in its conference is in the national title game.
If there are fewer than 10 automatic qualifiers, then any team in the top 14 with at least 9 wins can be picked as an at-large team.
The supposed ACC bowl selection criteria (warning, PDF; as of August 2008). I checked this year's media guide and it hasn't changed.
Overall eligibility: The NCAA
Postseason Handbook (warning, PDF; as of October 2008) specifies that a
school must be a 6-6 or better to qualify for a bowl. The handbook also
specifies that any team with a winning record must be picked before a 6-6 team,
both for conference contractual obligations and for at-large picks. Also, only
one DI-AA (a.k.a. FCS) team counts towards a team's record. Therefore, schools
that played two DI-AA teams this year (like Georgia Tech) must go at least 7-5
to be bowl eligible. Also, if a team schedules a game at Hawaii as a 13th game,
this game does count towards the 6-win requirement, but it must have a winning
record against DI-A teams. This year, this applies
to Cincinnati, Washington State, and to Hawaii itself.
Also, there is what I call the "Sun Belt Rule", which states that 6-6 teams are eligible for bowls if they were conference champions and said champion is contractually obligated to go to a bowl.
1 = Sun Belt to the rescue! For 2008 and 2009, the Sun Belt will be the first source of back up teams for the following bowls: St. Petersburg, Papajohns.com, and the Independence Bowl. Effectively, the St. Petersburg and PJs.com bowl get Sun Belt #2/3 and the Independence gets Sun Belt #4. I have verified in this year's media guide this arrangement will continue for 2010.
?=at-large because some conference couldn't fill its bids
* = Accepted invitation
** = Predicted correctly
^ = now known as the Chick-fil-a Bowl
A team in bold indicates that I predicted the winner correctly
A team in italics means that team won the game, but was not who I picked
A bold score means that I actually managed to pick the score correctly