Bowl Projection Roundup, Post-Week 13

November 27, 2013 by Derek Redd

Still mostly a Liberty-Military mix among the experts. Here’s the list:

Mark Schlabach ( — Military Bowl vs. Pittsburgh

Brad Edwards ( — Military Bowl vs. Maryland

Jerry Palm (CBS Sports) — Liberty Bowl vs. Pittsburgh

College Football News — Military Bowl vs. Maryland

Sporting News — Liberty Bowl vs. Pittsburgh

USA Today — Hawaii Bowl vs. Colorado State

Athlon — Liberty Bowl vs. Vanderbilt

National Football Post — Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl vs. Buffalo

Jason Kirk (SB Nation) — Hawaii Bowl vs. UNLV

Stewart Mandel ( — BBVA Compass Bowl vs. Central Michigan

Here’s an interesting turn of events. Both Edwards and Mandel have Marshall out of the Liberty because they predict no C-USA team will play in the Liberty. Both have Vanderbilt playing American Athletic Conference member Houston in Memphis. The Liberty Bowl has that option and has used it before, pushing Southern Miss to the Hawaii Bowl in 2011, despite the Golden Eagles winning the conference title, and taking Cincinnati. That’d be a disappointing way for C-USA to end its Liberty Bowl relationship, losing one of its few chances to play a marquee bowl opponent.

That threw a new option into the mix, as Mandel predicts the Herd will get farmed out Birmingham, Ala., and play Jan. 4, between the Orange Bowl and BCS title game. While that does fall on a Saturday and helps hacks like me dodge days of bowl coverage during Christmas and New Year’s, methinks that might do a number on attendance. A post-holidays trip to Alabama might not be in many budgets.


One Response to “Bowl Projection Roundup, Post-Week 13”

  1. Phil says:

    The Liberty is in business to sell tickets and get ratings, and they will dump a CUSA team in a heartbeat if they can accomplish that. But choosing Houston over Marshall would get them neither. If Tenn or Vandy gets one slot as widely speculated, the bowl will sell out and Marshall is probably as good or better of an opponent as they would find in another conference this year.

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