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College football bowl projections: Ohio slated to play Iowa State in Pinstripe Bowl

Ohio is one of eight MAC teams projected to play in a bowl game this season

Jamie Sabau

The Ohio Bobcats lost their first game of the 2012 season Saturday against Miami (OH) but have already amassed seven wins, thereby clinching bowl eligibility. SB Nation's Jason Kirk's latest bowl predictions have the Bobcats facing Iowa State in the Pinstripe Bowl.

The Pinstripe Bowl slates the No. 4 Big East team with the No. 7 Big 12 team. Ohio is one of eight MAC teams projected for a bowl game along with Toledo, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, Miami (OH), Central Michigan and Ball State.

Kirk's projected National Championship has the Alabama Crimson Tide playing the Oregon Ducks. Kansas State and Notre Dame, who are also undefeated and contending for the No. 2 spot, instead play each other in the Fiesta Bowl. To round out the BCS bowl games, Georgia plays Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, Florida State faces Boise State in the Orange Bowl and Oregon State meets Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

The Ohio State Buckeyes remained undefeated Saturday by defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions; however, they are ineligible for postseason play this season.

Below are the complete bowl projections.

Bowl Date Matchup Team Team
BCS National Championship 1/7/2013 BCS 1 vs. BCS 2 Alabama Oregon
Fiesta 1/3/2013 Big 12 1 vs. At-large 1 Kansas State Notre Dame
Sugar 1/2/2013 SEC 1 vs. At-large 2 Georgia Louisville
Orange 1/1/2013 ACC 1 vs. At-large 3 Florida State Boise State
Rose 1/1/2013 Pac-12 1 vs. Big Ten 1 Oregon State Nebraska
GoDaddy 1/6/2013 MAC vs. Sun Belt 2 Toledo WKU
BBVA Compass 1/5/2013 SEC 8/9 vs. Big East 5/C-USA Vanderbilt SMU
Cotton 1/4/2013 Big 12 2 vs. SEC Oklahoma LSU
Heart of Dallas 1/1/2013 Big Ten 7 vs. C-USA Iowa UCF
Outback 1/1/2013 Big Ten 3 vs. SEC Michigan South Carolina
Gator 1/1/2013 Big Ten 4/5 vs. SEC 6 Northwestern Mississippi State
Capital One 1/1/2013 Big Ten 2 vs. SEC 2 Wisconsin Florida
Sun 12/31/2012 ACC 4 vs. Pac-12 4 UCLA Miami
Music City 12/31/2012 ACC 6 vs. SEC 7 Ole Miss Maryland
Liberty 12/31/2012 C-USA 1 vs. Big East/SEC 8/9 Tulsa Tennessee
Chick-fil-A 12/31/2012 ACC 2 vs. SEC 5 Clemson Texas A&M
Pinstripe 12/29/2012 Big 12 7 vs. Big East 4 Iowa State Ohio*
Kraft Fight Hunger 12/29/2012 Pac-12 6 vs. Navy Utah State* Navy
Buffalo Wild Wings 12/29/2012 Big 12 4 vs. Big Ten 4/5 Texas Michigan State
Armed Forces 12/29/2012 MWC vs. C-USA New Mexico Houston
Alamo 12/29/2012 Big 12 3 vs. Pac-12 2 USC Texas Tech
Russell Athletic 12/28/2012 Big East 2 vs. ACC 3 Cincinnati N.C. State
Meineke Car Care 12/28/2012 Big 12 6 vs. Big Ten 6 Oklahoma State Minnesota
Independence 12/28/2012 SEC 10 vs. ACC 7 Bowling Green* ULL*
Military 12/27/2012 ACC 8 vs. Army Ball State* Arkansas State*
Holiday 12/27/2012 Pac-12 3 vs. Big 12 5 Arizona West Virginia
Belk 12/27/2012 Big East 3 vs. ACC 5 Rutgers Virginia Tech
Little Caesars 12/26/2012 MAC vs. Big Ten 8 Kent State MTSU*
Hawaii 12/24/2012 MWC/WAC vs. C-USA Nevada ECU
New Orleans 12/22/2012 Sun Belt 1 vs. C-USA ULM Miami (OH)*
Las Vegas 12/22/2012 MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 5 Fresno State Arizona State
Beef O'Brady's 12/21/2012 Big East 6 vs. C-USA Central Michigan* ???
Poinsettia 12/20/2012 MWC 2 vs. BYU San Diego State BYU
New Mexico 12/15/2012 MWC 4/5 vs. Pac-12 7/WAC Air Force San Jose State
Idaho Potato 12/15/2012 MAC 3 vs. WAC Northern Illinois Louisiana Tech

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.