As 2014 will be the inaugural year of the college football playoff system, it’s become apparent: basketball no longer has a monopoly on the significance of the final four. Well according to Sporting News, the Florida State Seminoles will be part of the first elite four-team football class. The site recently released its complete bowl projections, and they forecast the ‘Noles to lose to the Oregon Ducks in the Sugar Bowl semifinal.
FSU fans really shouldn’t be too surprised by this. Not long ago, the site published an article explaining just why Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was superior to ‘Nole signal caller Jameis Winston (you can read our response here).
The other semifinal, to be held at the Rose Bowl, will involve Oklahoma beating Alabama for the second straight year, according to the projections, resulting in an Oregon-Oklahoma championship game.
Other big games include Clemson making a second straight trip to the Orange Bowl to face Michigan State, Stanford taking on Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, and a Cotton Bowl featuring UCLA and Ohio State.
Central Florida is projected to remain the state’s second-best team: Sporting News says they’ll play in the Peach Bowl against Auburn. The Florida Gators will return to bowl play but not necessarily national prominence, per SN, as they’re slotted into the Liberty Bowl against TCU.
Sporting News forecasts nine Atlantic Coast Conference teams to go bowling this season. In addition to Florida State and Clemson, they predict the following ACC bowl appearances as well.
- Gator Bowl: Miami vs. South Carolina
- Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Arizona
- Music City Bowl: Louisville vs. Texas A&M
- Belk Bowl: North Carolina vs. Ole Miss
- Pinstripe Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Iowa
- Military Bowl: Boston College vs. Cincinnati
And they’re evidently not sure where Syracuse is going. They have the Orange projected to two different bowls, the Detroit Bowl against Indiana and the Independence Bowl vs. Mississippi State. ACC affiliate Notre Dame is picked to play Texas in the Russell Athletic Bowl.