College football bowl projections: Notre Dame snubbed from National Championship?

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame is still not projected for the 2012 National Championship game despite road victory over No. 8 Oklahoma Saturday; Northwestern to play in Gator Bowl

No. 5 Notre Dame is expected to move near the top in this week's BCS Standings and are coming off a convincing road win over No. 8 Oklahoma, but still, the Fighting Irish are not projected to go to the 2012 National Championship.

SB Nation's Jason Kirk instead has the Oregon Ducks facing Alabama in the title game. Oregon - who defeated Colorado Saturday by a score of 70-14 - is one of four undefeated teams at the top of the BCS. Notre Dame would face fellow National Championship snub Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Rounding out the remaining BCS games, Georgia and Louisville would face-off in the Sugar Bowl, Florida State and Boise State would play in the Orange Bowl, and Oregon State and Nebraska would meet in the Rose Bowl.

Northwestern is projected to qualify for the Gator Bowl, where they will meet Mississippi State. Northwestern is 7-2 overall this season with a Big Ten record of 3-2. They face Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois to finish the season as they look to bolster their postseason resume.

Below are the complete BCS bowl projections


Bowl Date Matchup Team Team
BCS National Championship 1/7/2013 BCS 1 vs. BCS 2 Alabama Oregon
Fiesta 1/3/2013 Big 12 1 vs. At-large 1 Kansas State Notre Dame
Sugar 1/2/2013 SEC 1 vs. At-large 2 Georgia Louisville
Orange 1/1/2013 ACC 1 vs. At-large 3 Florida State Boise State
Rose 1/1/2013 Pac-12 1 vs. Big Ten 1 Oregon State Nebraska
GoDaddy 1/6/2013 MAC vs. Sun Belt 2 Toledo WKU
BBVA Compass 1/5/2013 SEC 8/9 vs. Big East 5/C-USA Vanderbilt SMU
Cotton 1/4/2013 Big 12 2 vs. SEC Oklahoma LSU
Heart of Dallas 1/1/2013 Big Ten 7 vs. C-USA Iowa UCF
Outback 1/1/2013 Big Ten 3 vs. SEC Michigan South Carolina
Gator 1/1/2013 Big Ten 4/5 vs. SEC 6 Northwestern Mississippi State
Capital One 1/1/2013 Big Ten 2 vs. SEC 2 Wisconsin Florida
Sun 12/31/2012 ACC 4 vs. Pac-12 4 UCLA Miami
Music City 12/31/2012 ACC 6 vs. SEC 7 Ole Miss Maryland
Liberty 12/31/2012 C-USA 1 vs. Big East/SEC 8/9 Tulsa Tennessee
Chick-fil-A 12/31/2012 ACC 2 vs. SEC 5 Clemson Texas A&M
Pinstripe 12/29/2012 Big 12 7 vs. Big East 4 Iowa State Ohio*
Kraft Fight Hunger 12/29/2012 Pac-12 6 vs. Navy Utah State* Navy
Buffalo Wild Wings 12/29/2012 Big 12 4 vs. Big Ten 4/5 Texas Michigan State
Armed Forces 12/29/2012 MWC vs. C-USA New Mexico Houston
Alamo 12/29/2012 Big 12 3 vs. Pac-12 2 USC Texas Tech
Russell Athletic 12/28/2012 Big East 2 vs. ACC 3 Cincinnati N.C. State
Meineke Car Care 12/28/2012 Big 12 6 vs. Big Ten 6 Oklahoma State Minnesota
Independence 12/28/2012 SEC 10 vs. ACC 7 Bowling Green* ULL*
Military 12/27/2012 ACC 8 vs. Army Ball State* Arkansas State*
Holiday 12/27/2012 Pac-12 3 vs. Big 12 5 Arizona West Virginia
Belk 12/27/2012 Big East 3 vs. ACC 5 Rutgers Virginia Tech
Little Caesars 12/26/2012 MAC vs. Big Ten 8 Kent State MTSU*
Hawaii 12/24/2012 MWC/WAC vs. C-USA Nevada ECU
New Orleans 12/22/2012 Sun Belt 1 vs. C-USA ULM Miami (OH)*
Las Vegas 12/22/2012 MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 5 Fresno State Arizona State
Beef O'Brady's 12/21/2012 Big East 6 vs. C-USA Central Michigan* ???
Poinsettia 12/20/2012 MWC 2 vs. BYU San Diego State BYU
New Mexico 12/15/2012 MWC 4/5 vs. Pac-12 7/WAC Air Force San Jose State
Idaho Potato 12/15/2012 MAC 3 vs. WAC Northern Illinois Louisiana Tech

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