Sep 06, 2013

Week One Bowl Projections

Bowl Projections (after one week of games)

Mark Schlabach (ESPN) Wisconsin vs. LSU

Brad Edwards (ESPN)Wisconsin vs. Florida vs. South Carolina

Jerry PalmWisconsin vs. Georgia

ESPN Bloggers Wisconsin vs. South Carolina

There are quite a few shake-ups in the experts’ projections for the Capital One Bowl after week one. Five of the eight projections from last week have changed after each teams opening game. Mark Schlabach and have both changed each of their picks, and Jerry Palm changed his SEC representative.

Wisconsin remains the early favorites to represent the Big Ten in the Capital One Bowl, appearing in four of the five projections. The Badgers over take Nebraska as Mark Schlabach’s pick and also are the ESPN Big Ten Bloggers pick to make it to Orlando. Wisconsin cruised to a 45-0 victory over Massachusetts to open up the season, outgaining the Minutemen, 598-212. The Badgers will look to keep things rolling this weekend when they host Tennessee Tech.

Nebraska falls out of the projections this week after nearly getting upset by Wyoming. The Cornhuskers fought off a late rally from the Cowboys to pull out a 37-34 victory in their opener. Nebraska hosts Southern Mississippi (0-1) this Saturday.

Michigan appears in this week’s projections, overtaking Nebraska for’s pick. The Wolverines opened the season with a convincing 59-9 victory over in-state rival Central Michigan. Devin Gardner threw for 162 yards and a touchdown, while adding 52 yards and two touchdowns rushing in the victory. Michigan will face a tougher test this weekend when they welcome Notre Dame to Ann Arbor.

The SEC picks for this season’s game are completely different from a week ago.  South Carolina is the only team to appear in two projections as both and the SEC Bloggers pick them to make it to Orlando. The Gamecocks, however, were dropped by both Mark Schlabach and Jerry Palm after the first week. South Carolina opened the season with a 27-10 victory over North Carolina and take the road to face Georgia (0-1) this weekend.

Florida dropped from’s projection but remains Brad Edwards’ pick after week one. The Gators opened the season with a 24-6 win over Toledo. Florida rushed for 262 yards and controlled time of possession by nearly two-to-one in the victory. The Gators will face a tougher test this weekend as they head south to take on in-state rival Miami (1-0).

Despite a week one loss to Clemson, Georgia takes over as Jerry Palm’s SEC selection for the Capital One Bowl.  The Bulldogs fell, 38-35, to the Tigers despite gaining over 540 yards in total offense. Aaron Murray threw for 323 yards but couldn’t find the end zone in the loss. Georgia has another tough test this weekend as it hosts SEC East rival South Carolina (1-0).

LSU is Mark Schlabach’s new pick to make it to Orlando, overtaking South Carolina. The Tigers opened the year with a 37-27 victory over TCU. LSU held off a fourth quarter rally by the Horned Frogs to pull out the victory. LSU returns home this weekend where it will welcome UAB (0-1) to Death Valley. 


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