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Nov 30, 2012

Selection Snapshot: Syracuse Orange

Louisville’s big win over Rutgers last night gave Syracuse a share of the Big East title, but the Cardinals will likely earn the BCS berth. While the Orange won’t be headed to the Orange Bowl, they could be paying a visit to Orange County this holiday season. Record: 7-5 Record vs. Bowl-Eligible Teams (6-6 or better): 2-5 Key Wins: vs. Louisville (45-26), @ Missouri (31-27) Key Losses: @ USC (42-29), @ Rutgers (23-15) Last Bowl Appearance: 2010 Pinstripe Bowl vs. […]

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Nov 29, 2012

Selection Snapshot: NC State Wolfpack

The Wolfpack have had a tumultuous season in 2011, going from a victory over then-No. 3 Florida State in October to a coaching change at the end of the season. The Wolfpack have had more appearances in what is now the Russell Athletic Bowl than any other team and could be in line for another appearance in 2012. Record: 7-5 Record vs. Bowl-Eligible Teams (6-6 or better): 4-4 ACC Key Wins: vs. Wake Forest (37-6), vs. Florida State (17-16) Key […]

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Nov 29, 2012

Weekend Spotlight: Georgia Tech vs. No. 13 Florida State

Championship Week has arrived, and the stakes could hardly be higher for either team. At stake is not just a conference title, but also an Orange Bowl berth. Based on records alone (10-2 Florida State v. 6-6 Georgia Tech), the game appears to be a mismatch, but when there’s this much at stake, never count out an underdog. Kickoff: 8:00 pm EST Television: ESPN Series: Florida State leads 12-9-1 Series since 1992 when FSU joined the ACC: 12-2 Last Meeting: […]

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Nov 28, 2012

Selection Snapshot: Louisville Cardinals

Louisville may have their sights set on a BCS berth with Thursday’s game against Rutgers looming, but a loss could send the Cardinals to Orlando. Record: 9-2 Record vs. Bowl-Eligible Teams (6-6 or better): 4-2 Big East Key Wins:  vs. Temple (45-17), vs Cincinnati (34-31 OT) Key Losses: @ Syracuse (45-26), vs. Connecticut (23-20 3OT) Last Bowl Appearance: 2011 Belk Bowl vs. North Carolina St. Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: N/A Top Players: Teddy Bridgewater, QB: 3189 passing yards, 23 touchdowns […]

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Nov 28, 2012

Week(day) Spotlight: Louisville at Rutgers

The Louisville Cardinals and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights face off this weekend in the de facto Big East championship game. Though a Louisville win will force a three-way tie in conference standings, the Cardinals would still earn the automatic BCS bid due to tiebreakers. The Scarlet Knights can earn that BCS berth outright with a victory. Kickoff: 7:30pm EST Television: ESPN Series: Rutgers leads 7-4 Series Since That One Game In 2006, You Know Which One We’re Talking About: Louisville […]

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Nov 28, 2012

Selection Snapshot: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

With the ACC Championship Game still to play, Georgia Tech’s bowl picture remains fuzzy. A win over Florida State in Charlotte would send the Yellow Jackets to the BCS. A loss to the Seminoles might remove them from bowl contention altogether at 6-7. If the Jackets are granted a waiver to allow postseason play, they could bring the nation’s third-best rushing attack to Orlando. Record: 6-6 Record vs. Bowl-Eligible Teams (6-6 or better): 1-5* Key Wins:@ North Carolina (68-50), vs. […]

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Nov 27, 2012

Selection Snapshot: Virginia Tech Hokies

Even in a “down” year, the Hokies continued their streak of bowl eligibility. Frank Beamer’s teams always prove dangerous with an extra month to prepare. Record: 6-6 Record vs. Bowl-Eligible Teams (6-6 or better): 3-4* Key Wins: vs. Duke (41-20), vs. Georgia Tech (20-17 OT) Key Losses: @ Pittsburgh (35-17), vs. Cincinatti (27-24) Last Bowl Appearance: 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. Michigan Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: None * – The Hokies other two losses came to Miami and UNC, who […]

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Nov 27, 2012

Selection Snapshot: Cincinnati Bearcats

Cincinnati takes on UConn this weekend and must beat the Huskies to keep pace with Rutgers and Louisville for Russell Athletic Bowl contention. Record: 8-3 Record vs. Bowl-Eligible Teams (6-6 or better): 2-3 Key Wins: Virginia Tech (27-24), Syracuse (35-24) Key Losses: @ Louisville (34-31 OT), Rutgers (10-3) Last Bowl Appearance: Auto Zone Liberty Bowl vs. Vanderbilt Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: N/A Top Players: George Winn, RB: 1,134 rushing yards (#1 in the Big East), 11 TD (#2 in the […]

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Nov 26, 2012

Selection Snapshot: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Rutgers hosts Louisville on Thursday with the Big East’s BCS spot on the line. If they don’t win that game, they’d be on the board for the Russell Athletic Bowl. Record: 9-2 Record vs. Bowl-Eligible Teams (6-6 or better): 5-1 Big East Key Wins: vs. Syracuse (23-15), @ Cincinnati (10-3) Key Losses: vs. Kent State (35-23), @ Pittsburgh (27-6) Last Bowl Appearance: 2011 Pinstripe Bowl vs. Iowa State Last Orlando Bowl Appearance: N/A Top Players: Gary Nova, QB: 2,282 passing […]

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Nov 26, 2012

Bowl Projection Roundup: 11/26

The bowl picture is slowly starting to emerge but the few remaining games will have a big impact on final selection. The Big East remains a bit of a mystery until Thursday’s de facto conference championship game in Piscataway between Rutgers and Louisville. Cincinnati also remains in contention with a game this weekend against UConn. Syracuse at 7-5 is two overall wins under the best available Big East team, but they are still eligible as an outlier. The ACC picture […]

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