Preview 2018 Bowl Projections & College Football Playoff Picks

Preview 2018 Bowl Projections & College Football Playoff Picks

2018 Preview

Preview 2018 Bowl Projections & College Football Playoff Picks


The CollegeFootballNews.com Preview 2018 picks and guesses for the 2018-2019 College Football Playoff & bowl projections.


As we dive into the CFN Preview 2018 Bowl Projections, a few caveats that should be ironed out by the time we roll through these one more time to begin the season.

– 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. If for some reason this doesn’t happen, everything gets screwed up when it comes to projecting the Big Ten and Pac-12 teams. Assume everything will go fine.

Yes, according to the ACC preseason predictionsa whole slew of teams that could and should be bowl eligible aren’t put in here. Syracuse, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Boston College are the main ones, mainly because the top of the ACC isn’t projected to get much love form the New Year’s Six Bowls.

The overall goal here is to try getting the final answers right, so the estimated guess is that the open spots will likely end up going to Army – who doesn’t have a home – and one of the available Conference USA teams, like Old Dominion.

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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: WKU 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: Fresno State vs. UCLA

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

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

*No Sun Belt team projected available

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Saturday, December 15
9:00, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Conference USA vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Louisiana Tech 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: Marshall vs. Buffalo

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: SMU 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. North Texas

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Friday, December 21
4:00, ESPN
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
MAC vs. Mountain West
Projection: Northern Illinois vs. San Diego State

Birmingham Bowl

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

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

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

Dollar General Bowl

Saturday, December 22
7:00, ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Ohio 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: Southern Miss vs. Colorado 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: Air Force* vs. UTSA

*No Big 12 or Big Ten teams projected available

Quick Lane Bowl

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

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: NC State vs. Middle Tennessee

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 time, projected to be on FOX
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Projection: Rutgers 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: Florida State vs. Arkansas 

Camping World Bowl

Friday, December 28
5:15, ESPN
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
ACC vs. Big 12
Projection: Miami vs. Oklahoma State

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Friday, December 28
5:30, CBS Sports Network
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Sun Belt vs. Mountain West
Projection: Old Dominion* vs. UNLV

*No Sun Belt team projected available

Valero Alamo Bowl

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

Belk Bowl

Saturday, December 29
12:00, ABC
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
ACC vs. SEC
Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Missouri

Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman

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

Hyundai Sun Bowl

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

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

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

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

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

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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