Bowl projections 2012: K-State, Oregon slated for title game, Notre Dame heads to Rose Bowl

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas State and Oregon are slated for the National Championship with Notre Dame heading to the Rose Bowl in SB Nation's latest bowl projections.

Following Alabama's surprising loss on Saturday to Texas A&M, the Kansas State Wildcats and Oregon Ducks are now slated to meet in the National Championship with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish playing in the Rose Bowl.

The most recent BCS standings have Kansas State and Oregon in the top two spots with Notre Dame at No. 3, so these bowl projections, courtesy of SB Nation's Jason Kirk, correlate with those rankings. In the Rose Bowl, Notre Dame would meet Nebraska, who is projected to win the Big Ten.

Alabama, who now sits at No. 4 in the BCS standings, is projected to face the Clemson Tigers in the Sugar Bowl. Rounding out the BCS games, the Florida Gators are expected to play the Louisville Cardinals in the Orange Bowl, and the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs would meet in the Fiesta Bowl.

Northwestern's Big Ten title game hopes took a hit Saturday with their overtime loss to the Michigan Wolverines, but according to the projections, the Wildcats are still on the path to a Jan. 1 bowl game – the Gator Bowl against Mississippi State.

Here are the complete 2012 bowl projections:

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

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