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Boston College Football Bowl Projections, Week 8

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Detroit? Bronx? Annapolis? El Paso? Back to Shreveport?


Where do the various college football prognosticators have BC heading this week?

ESPN (McMurphy): Quick Lane Bowl vs. Penn State (12/26)

ESPN (Schlabach): Quick Lane Bowl vs. Rutgers (12/26)

ESPN (Hale): New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Iowa, per ESPN (Rittenberg) (12/27)

SB Nation: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Indiana (12/26)

CBSSports: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Ohio* (12/26)

Phil Steele: Military Bowl vs. Cincinnati (12/27) Duck Commander Bowl vs. Louisiana Tech* (12/27)

Syracuse Post-Standard / Patrick Stevens: Quick Lane Bowl (12/26)

College Sports Madness: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Maryland (12/26)

The Sporting News: Sun Bowl vs. Utah (12/27)

* replacement team

Rightly so, BC's loss to Clemson didn't cause anyone to irrationally jump off the BC-as-bowl-eligible team quite yet. In fact, very few changes this week overall.

-- Schlabach replaces Maryland with Rutgers as the Big Ten opponent in the Quick Lane Bowl, while Rittenberg replaces Maryland with Iowa in the Pinstripe Bowl.

-- CBS Sports swapped out Rutgers for the Ohio Bobcats, a replacement team, in the Quick Lane Bowl, thinking that the Big Ten won't fill its complete bowl allotment. Honestly, I wouldn't mind seeing BC head to the Detroit-based bowl but would (obviously) prefer that the Big Ten fill that slot (and not a replacement team from the MAC). Detroit bowl vs. an underwhelming MAC opponent...been there, done that.

-- has moved BC from the Pinstripe Bowl vs. Rutgers to the Duck Commander Bowl (nee Independence Bowl) against a replacement team from Conference USA. Yes, any bowl game is welcome and beggars can't be choosers, but BC back in Shreveport for the second straight year (and playing a replacement team from a NOT Power 5 conference) may be my least favorite bowl projection so far this season.

-- The last change this week is the most interesting one. Sporting News has moved BC from a slot in the Military Bowl vs. Temple all the way up to a Sun Bowl matchup against Utah. The Sun Bowl, as the conference's westernmost bowl game, is traditionally very well attended by the local community and worries less about travel rep and ticket sales as other ACC affiliated bowl games. This would be a pretty good test against a solid Pac-12 outfit (even though I think #19 Utah may be heading for a slide with its next five games against #20 USC, @ #14 Arizona State, #6 Oregon, @ Stanford and #15 Arizona).

Regardless, Sporting News must be feeling pretty good about BC's chances in its final five games if it bumped the Eagles up a tier in the ACC bowl pecking order this week.