After a thrilling championship week in college football, the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now projected to square off with the SEC-champion Alabama Crimson Tide next month for the BCS national championship, according to SB Nation's latest bowl predictions.
The Crimson Tide appear to hold a slight edge over both Kansas State and Oregon for the right to take on Brian Kelly's Irish, following an extremely hard-fought victory over Georgia in Saturday's SEC title game. Due to its strong strength-of-schedule numbers from playing in the SEC, Alabama remains the frontrunner to finish at No. 2 in the BCS computers.
Fresh off a double overtime MAC championship victory over Kent State, the Northern Illinois Huskies and star quarterback Jordan Lynch are also currently projected in a BCS bowl. The Huskies rank No. 16 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll after a promising 12-1 campaign, and are slotted to face the Florida State Seminoles on New Year's Day in the Orange Bowl at the moment.
Here are SB Nation's latest BCS bowl projections:
|BCS National Championship (Miami)||Notre Dame||Alabama||1/7/2013||BCS 1 vs. BCS 2|
|Fiesta (Glendale, AZ)||Kansas State||Oregon||1/3/2013||Big 12 1 vs. At-large 1|
|Sugar (New Orleans)||Florida||Louisville||1/2/2013||SEC 1 vs. At-large 2|
|Orange (Miami)||Florida State||NIU||1/1/2013||ACC 1 vs. At-large 3|
|Rose (Pasadena)||Stanford||Wisconsin||1/1/2013||Pac-12 1 vs. Big Ten 1|