2018-2019 Spring Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Picks

2018-2019 Spring Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Picks

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2018-2019 Spring Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Picks


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


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 are few admitted problems to deal with when doing bowl projections this year – beyond these being created in late March, and with about a gajillion potential changes in the bowl business world.

– 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.

– 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.

Depending on the dates, timing, and which bowls still have sponsors, these are the matchups so far, and for the 2018-2019 College Football Playoff and New Year’s Six bowls, too.

2018-2019 College Football Conference Bowl Tie-Ins

2018-2019 Projected Bowl Matchups

The schedule and dates to come. This is the order the bowls were in last season.

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R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Conference USA vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Southern Miss vs. Arkansas State

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL,
American Athletic vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Temple vs. Appalachian State

Las Vegas Bowl

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Mountain West vs. Pac-12
Projection: San Diego State vs. Utah

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Projection: Middle Tennessee vs. Wyoming

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Western Michigan vs. Georgia Southern

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
Conference USA vs. MAC
Projection: Louisiana Tech vs. Northern Illinois

DXL Frisco Bowl

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
American Athletic vs. MAC
Projection: Houston vs. Toledo

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
American Athletic vs. Conference USA
Projection: USF vs. Florida Atlantic

Bahamas Bowl

Thomas Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
American Athletic vs. Conference USA
Projection: Memphis vs. Marshall

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
MAC vs. Mountain West
Projection: Ohio vs. Air Force

Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
American Athletic vs. SEC
Projection: SMU vs. Missouri

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
American Athletic vs. Big 12 
Projection: UCF vs. Kansas State

Dollar General Bowl

Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Buffalo vs. Troy

Hawai’i Bowl

Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Projection: WKU vs. Utah State

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

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

Ford Field, Detroit, MI
ACC vs. Big Ten
(MAC the conditional tie-in)
Projection: Pitt vs. Purdue

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

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

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
ACC vs. SEC
(Conference USA the conditional tie-in)
Projection: Wake Forest vs. UAB

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
ACC vs. Big Ten
Projection: Notre Dame vs. Maryland

Foster Farms Bowl

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Projection: Iowa vs. Oregon

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Big 12 vs. SEC
Projection: TCU vs. Texas A&M

Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman

Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Annapolis, MD
ACC vs. American Athletic
Projection: Boston College vs. Navy

Camping World Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
ACC vs. Big 12
Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Texas

Valero Alamo Bowl

Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Projection: West Virginia vs. Stanford

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Projection: Michigan vs. UCLA

Belk Bowl

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
ACC vs. SEC
Projection: Florida State vs. Arkansas

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
ACC vs. Pac-12
Projection: NC State vs. Arizona

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
SEC vs. (likely) ACC, or Big Ten
Projection: Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech 

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Sun Belt vs. Mountain West
Projection: BYU vs. Fresno State

TaxSlayer Bowl

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
SEC vs. (likely) Big Ten, or ACC
Projection: Florida vs. Northwestern

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN
Big 12 vs. SEC
Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Tennessee

Outback Bowl

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Big Ten vs. SEC
Projection: Nebraska vs. LSU 

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
SEC vs. (likely) Big Ten or ACC
Projection: South Carolina vs. Penn State

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