Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Preview 2019

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Preview 2019

Bowl Projections

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Preview 2019


New Year’s Six Bowls Schedule

GoodYear Cotton Bowl Classic

Saturday, December 28
12:00 ET, ESPN
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
at-large vs. at-large

Projection: UCF vs.  Georgia  
Other Top Options: Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, LSU, Florida
Last Season: Clemson 30, Notre Dame 3

Boise State, Houston and San Diego State are the other top options from the Group of Five world to slide into the automatic New Year’s Six slot, but the call is that UCF will beat Houston in the American Athletic Conference title game to get here. UCF played LSU last season in the Fiesta, and Georgia isn’t the right call to go against Texas in the Sugar – a rematch of last year’s New Year’s Six game. It’ll be either LSU or Georgia, and the CFP won’t want a repeat from last season.

Capital One Orange Bowl

Monday, December 30
8:00 ET, ESPN
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
ACC vs. Big Ten or SEC

Projection: Miami vs. LSU 
Other Top Options: Clemson, Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Florida
Last Season: Alabama 45, Oklahoma 34

The ACC gets an automatic bid here. Assuming Clemson is off to the College Football Playoff, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Miami are the next best options. The Big Ten has to send a team to the Rose Bowl, likely taking away the No. 2 team, and calling that the champ will end up in the CFP. Michigan State would be a nice pick here, but the top SEC teams will rank higher in the final College Football Playoff rankings. Florida is the no-brainer if the matchup is against someone other than Miami, since the two start out the season on August 24th.

2019 Predictions For Every Game 
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Rose Bowl

Wednesday, January 1
5:00 ET, ESPN
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Projection: Ohio State vs. Utah 
Other Top Options: Michigan, Oregon, Washington
Last Season: Ohio State 28, Washington 23

It would be a blast if Utah could make it to its first ever Rose Bowl against the defending bowl game champ. The call is for the Ohio State-Michigan winner to end up in the College Football Playoff, and the loser to have a nice consolation prize of Pasadena. A Buckeye Rose Bowl rematch against Washington is a possibility, and Oregon should be deep in the mix, too.

AllState Sugar Bowl

Wednesday, January 1
8:45 ET, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA
Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Florida vs. Texas 
Other Top Options: Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU
Last Season: Texas 28, Georgia 21

The Big 12 champion will go likely go on to the College Football Playoff, and the loser would end up in the league’s automatic spot in the Sugar Bowl. Since LSU and Texas play early in the season, take out the Tigers if the Longhorns are in. However, if it’s anyone else – especially Oklahoma – LSU would be a dream team. Since the call is for Miami to make the Orange, and there’s no need for a rematch with Florida, the Gators would be the right fit here.

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