AS BIG 12 & PAC 12 MEDIA DAYS COMMENCE, BOWL PROJECTIONS ROLL IN

With last week’s Big 12 Media Days and Pac 12 Media Days beginning Thursday, preparation and predictions for the 2015-2016 college football season are in full swing. While the college football regular season doesn’t kick off until Thursday, September 3, projections for the 2015-2016 season are rolling in already.

ESPN college football writers Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy have already released their 2015-2016 bowl projections, including their predictions on who will be playing in the Alamodome Saturday January, 2. Schlabach slotted Oklahoma and Stanford as this year’s Valero Alamo Bowl squads while McMurphy predicts a rematch of the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl between Arizona and Oklahoma State. If McMurphy’s prediction holds up, it would mark the third rematch in Valero Alamo Bowl history (Penn State vs. Texas A&M [1999, 2007] and Iowa vs. Texas Tech [1996, 2001]).

Schlabach and McMurphy also predict big things for the Big 12 in the second ever College Football Playoff, both banking on TCU to make the National Championship. Shlabach predicts the Horned Frogs will face off against last year’s College Football Playoff champion, the Ohio State Buckeyes, while McMurphy believes the Auburn Tigers will vie for the trophy.

Big 12 Media Days were held in Dallas, TX and offered plenty of headlines. TCU enters the year as one of the favorites to not only win the conference, but represent the Big 12 in the College Football Playoff starting December 31, 2015. Oklahoma, Baylor, and Oklahoma State also look to be in the mix by the time bowl season rolls around.

Thursday will mark the beginning of Pac 12 Media Days, taking place in Burbank, California. Oregon once again enters the year as the top dog out west, but USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, and Stanford will look to upend the Ducks and climb their way up the postseason ladder.

However it shakes out, this year’s top-25 Valero Alamo Bowl showdown, featuring the #1 Pac-12 team and #1 Big 12 team after the College Football Playoff selections, will have the Alamodome rocking once again.

A full list of Schlabach and McMurphy’s 2015-2016 bowl projections:

Cure Bowl

MS: East Carolina vs. Appalachian State
BM: East Carolina vs. Appalachian State

R+L Carriers New Orleans

MS: Air Force vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
BM: Southern Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

MS: Louisiana Tech vs. New Mexico
BM: Louisiana Tech vs. Wyoming

Royal Purple Las Vegas

MS: Washington vs. Utah State
BM: Stanford vs. Boise State

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

MS: Bowling Green vs. San Jose State
BM: Central Michigan vs. Fresno State

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

MS: Akron vs. South Alabama
BM: Western Michigan vs. Georgia Southern

Miami Beach Bowl

MS: UCF vs. Middle Tennessee
BM: UCF vs. Western Kentucky

Boca Raton Bowl

MS: Memphis vs. Western Michigan
BM: Tulane vs. Toledo

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

MS: San Diego State vs. Ball State
BM: San Diego State vs. North Carolina

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

MS: Marshall vs. Toledo
BM: Middle Tennessee vs. Bowling Green

Hawaii Bowl

MS: Houston vs. BYU
BM: Houston vs. BYU

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

MS: Texas Tech vs. Rice
BM: Rutgers vs. Rice

Quick Lane Bowl

MS: Duke vs. Maryland
BM: Pitt vs. Indiana

St. Petersburg Bowl

MS: Cincinnati vs. Western Kentucky
BM: Cincinnati vs. Marshall

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman

MS: North Carolina vs. Navy
BM: NC State vs. Navy

Independence Bowl

MS: Miami vs. Florida
BM: Duke vs. Florida

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

MS: NC State vs. Minnesota
BM: Miami vs. Iowa

National University Holiday Bowl

MS: UCLA vs. Michigan
BM: UCLA vs. Penn State

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

MS: Kansas State vs. Mississippi State
BM: Kansas State vs. Arkansas

Russell Athletic Bowl

MS: Georgia Tech vs. Oklahoma State
BM: Florida State vs. Texas

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

MS: Texas vs. Texas A&M
BM: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

MS: Louisville vs. Ole Miss
BM: Michigan vs. Mississippi State

Belk Bowl

MS: Virginia Tech vs. Missouri
BM: Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee

Foster Farms Bowl

MS: Iowa vs. Arizona State
BM: Minnesota vs. Arizona State

Outback Bowl

MS: Tennessee vs. Wisconsin
BM: Missouri vs. Nebraska

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

MS: Rutgers vs. Colorado State
BM: Maryland vs. New Mexico

Cactus Bowl

MS: West Virginia vs. Utah
BM: West Virginia vs. Washington

Birmingham Bowl

MS: South Carolina vs. Temple
BM: South Carolina vs. Memphis

GoDaddy Bowl

MS: Northern Illinois vs. Georgia Southern
BM: Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas State

Hyundai Sun Bowl

MS: Florida State vs. Arizona
BM: Virginia Tech vs. Utah

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

MS: Clemson vs. Alabama
BM: Clemson vs. Georgia

VIZIO Fiesta Bowl

MS: Boise State vs. Notre Dame
BM: Utah State vs. Notre Dame

Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern Mutual

MS: Michigan State vs. USC
BM: Michigan State vs. Oregon

Allstate Sugar Bowl

MS: Georgia vs. Baylor
BM: Alabama vs. Baylor

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

MS: Penn State vs. LSU
BM: Wisconsin vs. LSU

TaxSlayer Bowl

MS: Arkansas vs. Nebraska
BM: Ole Miss vs. Louisville

Valero Alamo Bowl

MS: Oklahoma vs. Stanford
BM: Oklahoma State vs. Arizona

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

MS: TCU vs. Oregon
BM: TCU vs. USC

Capital One Orange Bowl

MS: Ohio State vs. Auburn
BM: Ohio State vs. Auburn

College Football Playoff National Championship

MS: Ohio State vs. TCU
BM: Auburn vs. TCU

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