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Exercise In Futility: S.I. College Football Writer Projects All 35 Bowl Matchups

By all accounts, Stewart Mandel is an incredibly talented and knowledgeable journalist who does a bang-up job covering college football for Sports Illustrated, but seriously? It’s not even September yet and we’re forecasting potential bowl matchups? And we’re not even talking about the BCS bowls, which one could argue would be at least a more manageable, less maddening endeavor. I am certainly not knowledgeable enough to go through Mandel’s projections and pinpoint where he may have a matchup wrong, but even if I was, what would be the point in doing so? So many things can occur between now and December that could cause this entire thing to completely come apart at the seams, not to mention, as Mandel points out himself, that “bowls are NOT obligated to choose their teams in exact order of conference standings.” So, not only is one dealing with a multitude of teams and millions of scenarios which are impossible to forecast, but also the arbitrary whims of bowl committees.

At the same time, what’s worse? Someone taking the time to predict all 35 bowl matchups or me taking the time to complain about it? That’s a tough one to call as well.

Projecting all 35 bowl matchups [SI]