If Florida State, Ohio State, and Auburn all win, there will be a lot of debate as to which two teams should play in the National Championship game. If you read the Big 10 fans’ comments, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth regarding the “system”–especially ESPN–being anti-Big 10 and pro-SEC. All one can say is… what goes around, comes around.
Here are the Confidential’s full bowl projections as of December 1, 2013 (subject to change…of course):
Update: We’ve gone hermano-a-hermano pitting acaffrey’s picks against mcaffrey’s picks for ultimate bragging rights.
|Bowl||Date||Location||Matchup||Prediction (acaffrey)||Prediction (mcaffrey)|
|BCS Title Game||Jan. 6||Pasadena, Calif.||BCS vs BCS||Florida State vs. Ohio State||Florida State vs. Ohio State|
|Orange||Jan. 3||Miami, Fla.||ACC/BCS vs BCS||Clemson vs. Alabama||UCF vs. Alabama|
|Sugar||Jan. 2||New Orleans, La.||SEC/BCS vs BCS||Auburn vs. UCF||Baylor vs. Auburn|
|Fiesta||Jan. 1||Glendale, Ariz.||Big 12/BCS vs BCS||Okla. State vs. N. Illinois||Oklahoma St. vs. N. Illinois|
|Rose||Jan. 1||Pasadena, Calif.||Big Ten/BCS vs Pac-12/BCS||Michigan State vs. Stanford||Michigan State vs. Stanford|
The Confidential has been saying for weeks now that the ACC had a great chance of getting 11 bowl-eligible teams and detailed the scenarios needed to make it happen. I’m very proud to report that the scenarios we projected occurred almost exactly to plan.
The good news is that, thanks to Syracuse’s win over Boston College to close out their regular season, the Orange are now 6-6 and are bowl eligible for the second consecutive year. Furthermore, the ACC can now boast that they have 11 teams that are eligible for post-season play. That’s a record for the Conference and matches the SEC’s best.
The bad news is that thanks to Clemson’s complete meltdown on National TV against their in-state rivals, the ACC is likely to only have 1 representative in the BCS. Granted that one representative will likely be Florida State in the National Championship Game, but losing out on a 2nd BCS team not only means lost revenue (approx. $18M) but also makes it more difficult to find bowl sites for the remaining 9 bowl eligible teams.
Worst of all, that means that there is a good chance that at least one bowl-eligible team from a Power Conference will not be invited to a bowl game this year. Currently Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina are all on the bubble. Continue reading
The Confidential acknowledges that Pitt/Miami have already squared off, but there is little argument that the game did not feature a rivalry at the same level as most of the games this week. Still, Miami’s win kept them alive in the battle to reach the ACC Championship game. But the main event is today’s slate of games. Let’s take a closer look.
There are now a clear #1 and #2 in the ACC right now, then it gets crazy. Anyway, here is the Confidential Correspondents Football top 10 Poll for Week 13. Remember, we include Notre Dame and Louisville. This year, we’ll start with team number 10 and work our way to #1.
The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team went 3-0 at the Lahaina Civic Center en route to claiming their 3rd Championship at the prestigious tournament posting wins over Minnesota (6-2), California (5-2), and defeating Baylor (6-1) in the Championship Round.