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USA Today bowl projections: Oregon still projected to face Alabama


 

While the Alabama Crimson Tide are currently atop every major college football poll, there’s still a lot of work to be done before the bowl matchups are announced and the Tide are once again defending their national championship. Their biggest test of the season may come this weekend as they host the No. 13 LSU Tigers in a SEC West rivalry game that seems to always come down to the wire.

The Oregon Ducks, ranked No. 2 by nearly every major poll and the current favorite to face Bama in the BCS Championship game, hits the road this week to face the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal in a top-5 clash that could determien if Oregon makes it to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl for the BCS title.

In the meantime, USA Today Sports updated their bowl projections, and here is how they project the matchups in the BCS bowls:

 

DATE BOWL MATCHUP PROJECTION
Mon., Jan. 6 BCS title game BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2 Alabama vs. Oregon
Wed., Jan. 1 Rose BCS vs. BCS Ohio State vs. Stanford
Wed., Jan. 1 Fiesta BCS vs. BCS Baylor vs. Fresno State
Thu., Jan. 2 Sugar BCS vs. BCS South Carolina vs. Central Florida
Fri., Jan. 3 Orange BCS vs. BCS Florida State vs. Wisconsin

 

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