Preseason Bowl Projections
Championship: Florida State vs. Alabama, Saban vs. Jameis in college football's dream scenario.
Sugar Bowl, Semifinal 1 vs. 4: Florida State vs. Wisconsin, The defending champs go undefeated, drawing the Big Ten's best.
Rose Bowl, Semifinal 2 vs. 3: Alabama vs. Oregon, The Iron Bowl winner battles the Pac-12 champion.
Orange Bowl: Auburn vs. Oklahoma, A trip to Miami is always a nice consolation prize.
Fiesta Bowl: South Carolina vs. UCLA, Jim Mora, Jr. was the 49ers defensive coordinator in 2002, matching wits with the ol' ball coach twice in the NFL. Steve Spurrier won his preseason opener against San Francisco in Japan, 40-7, but Mora got even when games counted, handing him a 20-10 loss in Washington's road opener. This would be their first college meeting.
Cotton Bowl: Ohio State vs. Baylor, Art Briles would love to be in a playoff semifinal, but beating other state schools that could be in this mix would be another win for Waco. Overcoming Braxton Miller's absence to land here would be a win for Buckeye nation.
Peach Bowl: Georgia vs. Michigan State. Sparty travels too well for this to be an impossible road challenge despite the venue.
Preseason Conference Rankings
You can argue that the Pac-12 and Big Ten can be flipped, or that Big 12 and ACC should be flopped, but there's no debate to be had about what league is currently No.1, no matter what part of the country you live in.
3) Big Ten
4) Big 12
6) Mountain West
7) American Athletic
9) Conference USA
10) Sun Belt