Bowl game projections 2012: Rutgers picked Russell Athletic Bowl

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Taking a look at the most recent bowl projections for this week.

Another busy week of college action has shifted the latest round of bowl game projections. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have been one of the year's biggest surprises so far, and CBS Sports analyst Jerry Palm projects them to make the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. The Knights would face North Carolina State in the projections, which would present an interesting Big East vs. ACC matchup.

As for the BCS national championship, Palm believes the Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Kansas St. Wildcats in Miami. If Alabama was to win this game, the SEC would claim the national title for the seventh straight year.

The Fiesta Bowl would feature a rematch of an instant classic. According to CBS, the Oklahoma Sooners and Boise St. Broncos would meet in Glendale on Jan. 3. The Sugar Bowl would pit the Florida Gators, who are currently ranked No. 2 in the polls, against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The Orange Bowl would be between the Florida St. Seminoles and Louisville Cardinals. Palm believes those two teams will win their respective conferences. The Rose Bowl would be the USC Trojans and Nebraska Cornhuskers in what would present an insane rush for tickets among the two fan bases.

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