2012 bowl projections: USC in line for Holiday Bowl against TCU

Stephen Dunn

The USC Trojans are not projected to be in a major bowl game for the second straight year even if they handle their business against UCLA and Notre Dame.

The USC Trojans are currently being projected to play in the Holiday Bowl against the TCU Horned Frogs on Dec. 27 in San Diego, Calif., according to SB Nation's own Jason Kirk.

The Holiday bowl is reserved for the third best team in the Pac-12 to play the fifth best team in the Big-12 but with the Oregon Ducks in line for the BCS Championship game, every other team in the conference gets a slight bump.

Since the Rose Bowl is forced to give up their best team for college football's biggest game, they get first dibs on any other at-large team and Kirk has them settling on Notre Dame. Kirk also projects Stanford to finish ahead of the Trojans and earn a visit to the Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State.

As for the other Los Angeles program, the UCLA Bruins are projected to be the fifth best team left in the Pac-12 behind Oregon State. Kirk has them taking on Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl in, you guessed it, Las Vegas, Nev. on Dec. 22.

Below are Kirk's full projections:

Bowl Date Matchup Team Team
BCS National Championship 1/7/2013 BCS 1 vs. BCS 2 Kansas State Oregon
Fiesta 1/3/2013 Big 12 1 vs. At-large 1 Oklahoma* Georgia
Sugar 1/2/2013 SEC 1 vs. At-large 2 Alabama Clemson
Orange 1/1/2013 ACC 1 vs. At-large 3 Florida State Louisville
Rose 1/1/2013 Pac-12 1 vs. Big Ten 1 Notre Dame* Nebraska
GoDaddy 1/6/2013 MAC vs. Sun Belt 2 NIU ULM
BBVA Compass 1/5/2013 SEC 8/9 vs. Big East 5/C-USA Tennessee Ohio*
Cotton 1/4/2013 Big 12 2 vs. SEC Texas Texas A&M
Heart of Dallas 1/1/2013 Big Ten 7 vs. C-USA Purdue UCF
Outback 1/1/2013 Big Ten 3 vs. SEC Wisconsin LSU
Gator 1/1/2013 Big Ten 4/5 vs. SEC 6 Northwestern Mississippi State
Capital One 1/1/2013 Big Ten 2 vs. SEC 2 Michigan Florida
Sun 12/31/2012 ACC 4 vs. Pac-12 4 Oregon State Virginia Tech
Music City 12/31/2012 ACC 6 vs. SEC 7 Vanderbilt Georgia Tech
Liberty 12/31/2012 C-USA 1 vs. Big East/SEC 8/9 Tulsa Missouri
Chick-fil-A 12/31/2012 ACC 2 vs. SEC 5 Miami South Carolina
Pinstripe 12/29/2012 Big 12 7 vs. Big East 4 Iowa State Syracuse
Kraft Fight Hunger 12/29/2012 Pac-12 6 vs. Navy Washington Navy
Buffalo Wild Wings 12/29/2012 Big 12 4 vs. Big Ten 4/5 Texas Tech Michigan State
Armed Forces 12/29/2012 MWC vs. C-USA Bowling Green* MTSU*
Alamo 12/29/2012 Big 12 3 vs. Pac-12 2 Stanford Oklahoma State
Russell Athletic 12/28/2012 Big East 2 vs. ACC 3 Cincinnati N.C. State
Meineke Car Care 12/28/2012 Big 12 6 vs. Big Ten 6 West Virginia Minnesota
Independence 12/28/2012 SEC 10 vs. ACC 7 Louisiana Tech* Arizona State*
Military 12/27/2012 ACC 8 vs. Army SMU* Air Force*
Holiday 12/27/2012 Pac-12 3 vs. Big 12 5 USC TCU
Belk 12/27/2012 Big East 3 vs. ACC 5 Rutgers Duke
Little Caesars 12/26/2012 MAC vs. Big Ten 8 Toledo WKU*
Hawaii 12/24/2012 MWC/WAC vs. C-USA San Jose State ECU
New Orleans 12/22/2012 Sun Belt 1 vs. C-USA Arkansas State Nevada*
Las Vegas 12/22/2012 MWC 1 vs. Pac-12 5 Boise State UCLA
Beef O'Brady's 12/21/2012 Big East 6 vs. C-USA Ball State* ULL*
Poinsettia 12/20/2012 MWC 2 vs. BYU San Diego State BYU
New Mexico 12/15/2012 MWC 4/5 vs. Pac-12 7/WAC Fresno State Arizona
Idaho Potato 12/15/2012 MAC 3 vs. WAC Kent State Utah State

Tie-ins breakdown via CBS Sports.

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