Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Picks: After Next-To-Last CFP Rankings

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Picks: After Next-To-Last CFP Rankings

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Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Picks: After Next-To-Last CFP Rankings


The CollegeFootballNews.com predictions for the 2018-2019 College Football Playoff & bowl projections.


2018-2019 College Football Conference Bowl Tie-Ins

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Week 13 Roundup
Scoreboard & Predictions | CFN Rankings
ACC | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac-12 | SEC
AAC | C-USA | IND | MAC | MW | Sun Belt

So how have things changed from our bowl projections on last Sunday night to now after the next-to-last round of College Football Playoff rankings? A few key parts.

1. LSU didn’t drop all that far. It fell to No. 10, which means – if things stay close to form – it’s all but certain to be in a New Year’s Six bowl along with No. 9 Florida.

2. Washington State dropped very, very far. It plummeted down five spots to No. 13 behind No. 12 Penn State along with LSU and Florida. That changes up the pecking order.

3. The big call that sets the wheels in motion for everything else: Ohio State will finish No. 4. The best guess is that Texas will upset the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship, but check back on Saturday afternoon – we’ll adjust these on the fly if Oklahoma wins.

NOTE: There will be more eligible teams than spots. At the moment, the projection is that Eastern Michigan, Miami University, Western Michigan and Wyoming will be left out.

Teams in Red have accepted the bowl bid.

LATEST ACCEPTED BOWL INVITES
– Louisiana Tech to Hawaii Bowl vs. Hawaii
– Toledo & FIU to the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
– Arkansas State to the NOVA Home Loans Arizona

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 15
2:00, ESPN
Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Projection: North Texas vs. Fresno State

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Saturday, December 15
2:30, CBS Sports Network
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
American Athletic vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Tulane vs. Georgia Southern

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

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

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Saturday, December 15
5:30, ESPN
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Ohio vs. Louisiana

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

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

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

Tuesday, December 18
7:00, ESPN
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
American Athletic vs. Conference USA
Projection: Temple vs. Middle Tennessee

Frisco Bowl

Wednesday, December 19
8:00, ESPN
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
American Athletic vs. At-Large Bid
Projection: Virginia Tech* vs. San Diego State

*No American Athletic team projected available

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Thursday, December 20
8:00, ESPN
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
American Athletic vs. Conference USA
Projection: USF vs. UAB  

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 21
12:30, ESPN
Thomas Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
MAC vs. Conference USA
Projection: FIU vs. Toledo

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Friday, December 21
4:00, ESPN
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
MAC vs. Mountain West
Projection: Buffalo vs. Utah State

Birmingham Bowl

Saturday, December 22
12:00, ESPN
Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
American Athletic or SEC (ACC conditional)
Projection: Cincinnati vs. ULM

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Saturday, December 22
3:30, ESPN
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
American Athletic vs. Big 12 (SEC Conditional)
Projection: Houston vs. Army*

*No Big 12 or SEC team projected available

Dollar General Bowl

Saturday, December 22
7:00, ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Northern Illinois 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: Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Wednesday, December 26
1:30, ESPN
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX
Big Ten or Big 12 vs. Conference USA 
Projection: Wake Forest* vs. Marshall
*No Big Ten or Big 12 team 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: Virginia vs. Purdue

Cheez-It Bowl

Wednesday, December 26
9:00, ESPN
Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
Big 12 vs. Pac-12 
Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Arizona 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: Boston College vs. BYU

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Thursday, December 27
5:15, ESPN
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
ACC vs. Big Ten
Projection: Georgia Tech vs. Michigan State

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Thursday, December 27
9:00, ESPN
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Big 12 vs. SEC
Projection: TCU vs. South Carolina

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

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

Camping World Bowl

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

Valero Alamo Bowl

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

Belk Bowl

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

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Friday, December 29
1:15, CBS Sports Network
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Sun Belt vs. Mountain West
Projection: Arkansas State vs. 
Nevada 

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. Memphis 

Hyundai Sun Bowl

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

Redbox Bowl

Monday, December 31
3:00, FOX
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Projection: Minnesota vs. Oregon 

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Monday, December 31
3:45, ESPN
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN
Big 12 vs. SEC
Projection: Baylor vs. Vanderbilt

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. Utah

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

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

Outback Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st
12:00, ESPN2
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Big Ten vs. SEC
Projection: Penn State vs. Texas A&M

VRBO Citrus Bowl

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

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