Jan 1, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; A view of the stadium before the game between the North Texas Mean Green and the UNLV Rebels at the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Sporting News Bowl Projections Has UCLA and Ohio State In The Cotton Bowl


Earlier today, The Sporting News released their projections for the 2014 college football bowl season. UCLA, which is expected to have a big year, was predicted to play as an at-large bid in the Cotton Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Cotton Bowl, which originally hosted a team form the Big 12 and the SEC during the BCS era, is now a major bowl in the College Football Playoff era.

There is a new set-up for deciding the college football champion as a 13-member committee selects the teams to participate in the semi-final games which are hosted by two out of six bowls, cycling every three years. The remaining four bowls then select their teams from the top schools not chosen for the playoffs. The bowls (and pairings) are: Rose/Sugar, Orange/Cotton and Fiesta/Peach. In its inaugural season, the two semi-final games will be the Rose and Sugar bowls, with the Championship Game being held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Since the Rose Bowl will be occupied with a semi-final game, the Pac-12 Champion (and possible second-place finisher) would be placed in the College Football Playoffs or put in contention for an at-large bid. The projected Cotton Bowl At-Large bid puts UCLA in a major bowl, equivalent to a BCS Bowl, as one of the top Pac-12 teams. Here are The Sporting News match-ups for the other five major bowls:

Peach Bowl: Central Florida vs. Auburn

Orange Bowl: Michigan State vs. Clemson

Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. Baylor

Playoff Semi-Final, Rose Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Alabama

Playoff Semi-Final, Sugar Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State

The Sporting News then goes on to project Oregon and Oklahoma meeting in the Championship Game. Interesting, indeed.

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  • Jeff Lebow

    Waaaay to early for any serious bowl talk. Glad UCLA is in the discussion, which has been the goal of recent Bruin FB coaches. CJM seems to have brought us to the table, hungry for the attention. This will help us with recruitment at minimal. August 30th can’t come to soon.