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College Football Bowl Projections: Week 13 Edition

Rounding up the latest round of bowl projections.

The Kentucky Wildcats are now just one game away from bowl eligibility after beating Charlotte on Saturday.

However, it won't be easy with the Louisville Cardinals coming to town already bowl eligible and having won four straight in the series. Kentucky has yet to beat an FBS team that will finish 2015 with a winning record, though the Cardinals enter this game at 6-5, so there's no guarantee they will either.

As for bowl projections, not many see the Cats pulling off this win. SB Nation's Jason Kirk does not have Kentucky in a bowl for the third week in a row. The guys at Campus Insiders also do not have UK making a bowl. Neither does CBS Sports' Jerry Palm or College Sports Madness.

If Kentucky were to beat Louisville this week and become bowl eligible, they would most likely be playing in the Independence Bowl (Shreveport, Louisiana), Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham, Alabama), Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tennessee), or Belk Bowl (Charlotte, North Carolina). While none of those bowls are in the upper echelon of postseason games, any bowl for UK is a big win, and all of them would be fairly close for fans to make the trip to.

As for the College Football Playoff picture, it looks like Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame are the top contenders heading into the final weeks of the regular season. Ohio State and/or Oklahoma State were in many of last week's CFP projections, but they both lost this weekend to fall out of playoff contention.

Palm, Kirk and College Sports Madness all have Alabama vs Michigan State and Clemson vs Oklahoma. Bleacher Report's Ryan McCrystal has Alabama vs Notre Dame and Clemson vs Michigan State. The Spartans are back in the projections thanks to their last-second win over the Buckeyes this Saturday that now has OSU already playing the blame game.

This will be updated once more bowl projections are released.