2018-2019 Spring Bowl Projections, CFP Picks: Dates & Gametimes

2018-2019 Spring Bowl Projections, CFP Picks: Dates & Gametimes

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2018-2019 Spring Bowl Projections, CFP Picks: Dates & Gametimes


The spring early picks and guesses for the 2018-2019 College Football Playoff & bowl projections.


2018-2019 Spring Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Picks

Yeah, at this time of the year the bowl projections are all about getting them close to the pin, but these feel right … sort of.

There are a few admitted problems to deal with when doing bowl projections this year.

– The independents are going to screw things up. Notre Dame gets to take one of the ACC’s spots, but that’s nothing new. The problem is the Poinsettia Bowl – it doesn’t exist anymore, and that was BYU’s tie-in. However, ESPN has already said the Cougars will go to an ESPN-televised bowl if eligible. That means, BYU will take one spot away from a conference.

Also, there’s no place for Army – for now. The Knights will go somewhere, but it’ll likely take one of the bowls breaking a conference agreement to make that happen.

– The Foster Farms Bowl is no longer the Foster Farms Bowl, and it’s not a sure thing to happen. The 49ers are taking it over with a title sponsor still being searched for. At the moment, it’s being assumed it’ll still go on.

– Hope springs eternal. Along with Army being almost certain to get a bowl spot, if you’re a fan of North Carolina, Syracuse, Minnesota, Cal, UNLV, FIU and/or Akron, relax for the moment. There are way too many projected bowl eligible teams, and for the Power Fivers, this always seems to work out for the six-winners.

2018-2019 College Football Conference Bowl Tie-Ins

2018-2019 Projected Bowl Matchups

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Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 15
2:00, ESPN
Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Projection: Middle Tennessee vs. Wyoming

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Saturday, December 15
2:30, CBS Sports Network
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL,
American Athletic vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Temple vs. Appalachian State

Las Vegas Bowl

Saturday, December 15
3:30, ABC
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Mountain West vs. Pac-12
Projection: San Diego State vs. Utah

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Saturday, December 15
5:30, ESPN
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Western Michigan vs. Georgia Southern

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Saturday, December 15
9:00, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Conference USA vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Southern Miss vs. Arkansas State

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

Tuesday, December 18
7:00, ESPN
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
Conference USA vs. MAC
Projection: Louisiana Tech vs. Northern Illinois

Frisco Bowl

Wednesday, December 19
8:00, ESPN
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
American Athletic vs. MAC
Projection: Houston vs. Toledo

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Thursday, December 20
8:00, ESPN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
American Athletic vs. Conference USA
Projection: USF vs. Florida Atlantic

Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 21
12:30, ESPN
Thomas Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
American Athletic vs. Conference USA
Projection: Memphis vs. Marshall

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Friday, December 21
4:00, ESPN
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
MAC vs. Mountain West
Projection: Ohio vs. Air Force

Birmingham Bowl

Saturday, December 22
12:00, ESPN
Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
American Athletic vs. SEC
Projection: SMU vs. Missouri

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Saturday, December 22
3:30, ESPN
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
American Athletic vs. Big 12 
Projection: UCF vs. Kansas State

Dollar General Bowl

Saturday, December 22
7:00, ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Buffalo vs. Troy

Hawai’i Bowl

Saturday, December 22
10:30, ESPN
Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Projection: WKU vs. Utah State

Heart of Dallas Bowl

Wednesday, December 26
1:30, ESPN
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX
Big 12 vs. Conference USA
(Big Ten the conditional tie-in)
Projection: Texas Tech vs. North Texas

Quick Lane Bowl

Wednesday, December 26
5:15, ESPN
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
ACC vs. Big Ten
(MAC the conditional tie-in)
Projection: Pitt vs. Purdue

Cactus Bowl

Wednesday, December 26
9:00, ESPN
Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
(Mountain West the conditional tie-in)
Projection: Iowa State vs. Washington State

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

Thursday, December 27
1:30, ESPN
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
ACC vs. SEC
(Conference USA the conditional tie-in)
Projection: Wake Forest vs. UAB

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Thursday, December 27
5:15, ESPN
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
ACC vs. Big Ten
Projection: Notre Dame vs. Maryland

San Francisco Bowl

Thursday, December 27
TBA on date and time, projected to be on FOX
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Projection: Iowa vs. Oregon

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Thursday, December 27
9:00, ESPN
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Big 12 vs. SEC
Projection: TCU vs. Texas A&M

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Friday, December 28
1:30, ESPN
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
SEC vs. (likely) ACC, or Big Ten
Projection: Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech 

Camping World Bowl

Friday, December 28
5:15, ESPN
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
ACC vs. Big 12
Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Texas

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Friday, December 28
5:30, CBS Sports Network
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Sun Belt vs. Mountain West
Projection: BYU vs. Fresno State

Valero Alamo Bowl

Friday, December 28
9:00, ESPN
Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Projection: West Virginia vs. Stanford

Belk Bowl

Saturday, December 29
12:00, ABC
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
ACC vs. SEC
Projection: Florida State vs. Arkansas

Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman

Monday, December 31st
12:00, ESPN
Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Annapolis, MD
ACC vs. American Athletic
Projection: Boston College vs. Navy 

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Monday, December 31
2:00, CBS
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
ACC vs. Pac-12
Projection: NC State vs. Arizona

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Monday, December 31
3:45, ESPN
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN
Big 12 vs. SEC
Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Tennessee

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Monday, December 31st
7:00, FS1
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Projection: Michigan vs. UCLA

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

Monday, December 31
7:30, ESPN
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
SEC vs. (likely) Big Ten, or ACC
Projection: Florida vs. Northwestern

Outback Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st
12:00, ESPN2
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Big Ten vs. SEC
Projection: Nebraska vs. LSU 

Citrus Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st
1:00, ABC
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
SEC vs. (likely) Big Ten or ACC
Projection: South Carolina vs. Penn State

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