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Week 12 Bowl Projections: The Dawn of the APR

[lead align=”default”]The Week 12 bowl projections in college football are a total mess, just like the top 25 poll.[/lead]

Until now, we just barely found enough teams to fill out all the bowl games. Sure, there are too many, but who doesn’t enjoy the television viewing in December and January? Nevertheless, this week, it became obvious that there aren’t going to be 80 bowl-eligible teams, barring some upsets.

Enter the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, which puts a numerical quotient on how well student-athletes so in the classroom. This is how you get 5-7 teams in bowl games, and as it stands right now, there will be several. It could be that a dreadfully bad team like Boston College makes a bowl if they get their fifth win over UConn next week. Notre Dame can still pull their asses out of the fire with just one good win. Even Duke and North Texas can get there with another win each.

In the meantime, let’s hope a few of these fence-straddlers get sixth wins.

The bowls shown below are our featured games; for full bowl projections, please visit our dedicated page. The College Football Playoff picture is located at that page.

Week 12 Bowl Projections: Featured Bowls

Independence Bowl ACC/ND/SEC georgia-tech-yellow-jackets vs ole-miss-mississippi-rebels
Russell Athletic Bowl ACC/ND/Big 12 west-virginia-mountaineers vs fsu-florida-state-seminoles
Belk Bowl ACC/ND/SEC wake-forest-demon-deacons vs georgia-bulldogs
Citrus Bowl SEC/Big Ten/ACC/ND miami-hurricanes vs florida-gators
Rose Bowl Game Big Ten/Pac-12 wisconsin-badgers vs washington-huskies

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