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Big East Bowl Projections

NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 30:  Ross Krautman #37 of the Syracuse Orange kicks off against the Kansas State Wildcats during the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30 2010 in New York New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 30: Ross Krautman #37 of the Syracuse Orange kicks off against the Kansas State Wildcats during the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30 2010 in New York New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Now that the regular season is over and the final BCS rankings will be released today, the bowl pairings for the five Big East teams that are bowl eligible should trickle in throughout the day. With all of the games played, here's what the matchups will most likely be.

Bowl Date Projected Teams
Orange Bowl January 4, 2012 Clemson vs. West Virginia
BBVA Compass Bowl January 7, 2012 Southern Miss vs. Pittsburgh
Belk Bowl December 27, 2011 NC State vs. Louisville
Pinstripe Bowl December 30, 2011 Iowa State vs. Rutgers
Liberty Bowl December 31, 2011 Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati

There remains some discussion about exactly what will happen with Pittsburgh and the BBVA Compass Bowl. It appears that the Big East desires to send them there but the Panthers do not want to go back since they played in that game last year (and it's a horrible place to play a game). If Pitt gets its way, it could be headed to the Beef O'Brady's Bowl against FIU. There's little chance the Liberty Bowl opponent changes as Mississippi State now appears headed for the Music City Bowl. There's also a slight chance that instead of Iowa State, Rutgers would face Missouri in the Pinstripe Bowl. We'll know all of the matchups by this evening.

For more coverage of the Big East's bowl season, check out our Bowl games section