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2012 college football bowl projections: Minnesota faces Oklahoma State in Meineke Car Care Bowl

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are projected to play Oklahoma State in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

In SB Nation's Jason Kirk's latest bowl projections, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are slated to play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Oklahoma State.

The Golden Gophers are not bowl eligible yet as they are 5-3 overall this season, 1-3 in the Big Ten, but they need only one win in their next four games to secure a spot in the postseason. They play Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska and Michigan State.

Minnesota is one of seven Big Ten teams projected for a bowl game. Nebraska leads the way for the conference, projected to play in the Rose Bowl against Oregon State.

Kirk's National Championship projects the Alabama Crimson Tide to face-off with the Oregon Ducks, snubbing undefeateds Kansas State and Notre Dame, who will instead play in the Fiesta Bowl. Rounding out the BCS games, Georgia faces Louisville in the Sugar Bowl and Florida State plays Boise State in the Orange Bowl.

The complete bowl projections are as follows:

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.com 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 Florida
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 LSU
Sun 12/31/2012 ACC 4 vs. Pac-12 4 Stanford 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 Arizona 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 Duke ULL*
Military 12/27/2012 ACC 8 vs. Army Ball State* Utah 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 San Jose State*
Las Vegas 12/22/2012 MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 5 Fresno State UCLA
Beef O'Brady's 12/21/2012 Big East 6 vs. C-USA Bowling Green* Arkansas State*
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 Washington
Famous Idaho Potato 12/15/2012 MAC 3 vs. WAC Northern Illinois Louisiana Tech

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.