Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2016 Birmingham Bowl Projections: Is Auburn Doomed to Headed for The Birmingham Bowl?

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Continuing with SWRT's look at what the experts project the 2015-2016 postseason bowl landscape we start looking at the Dec. 30 bowls. Up first is the Birmingham Bowl, where it looks all but certain that Auburn won't be leaving the state for the postseason bowls.

Official bowl name: The Birmingham Bowl

Bowl previously known as: Bowl (2006-2010), BBVA Compass Bowl (2011-2014)

Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, Al.

Date: Dec 30, 2015

Conference affiliations: The American and the SEC

Last year's score: Florida 28 East Carolina 20

Who the experts are projecting to be invited:

Brett McMurphy, ESPN
Memphis vs. Auburn

Mark Schlabach, ESPN
Cincinnati vs. Auburn

Stewart Mandel, FOX Sports
Cincinnati vs. Auburn

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports
Memphis vs. Auburn

Jason Kirk, SB*Nation
Houston vs. Auburn

Bryan Fischer, Bleacher Report
Memphis vs. Auburn

Steve Lassan, Athlon Sports
Memphis vs Auburn

Bill Bender, Sporting News
Temple vs. Auburn

Brant Parsons, The Orlando Sentinel
Memphis vs. Auburn

Pete Fiutak, Campus Insiders
Tulsa vs. Utah State

College Sports Madness
Temple vs. Tennessee

All but two of the analysts have Auburn representing the SEC, with Memphis and Auburn as the most popular match-up. College Football Madness has Auburn going to the Outback Bowl instead, while Fiutak has the Tigers in the Belk Bowl. Conventional wisdom says go with the crowd.

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