Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Week 0, Before Week 1

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Week 0, Before Week 1

Bowl Projections

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Week 0, Before Week 1


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The bowl projections, picks and predictions for the College Football Playoff after Week 0 and before Week 1.

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Not a whole lot changes from the Preview 2019 Bowl Projections, but the Hawaii victory over Arizona shakes up the Mountain West bowl pecking order a bit, and the somewhat-shaky Florida win over Miami changes a few of the matchups.

Here are the ground rules to remember before this all really gets rolling …

There aren’t enough bowl games. This almost always works out – especially for the Power Five programs – so if your team isn’t currently in these Bowl Projections, don’t get into a twist. Bowls tend to bend over backwards to break their contractual tie-ins to get the big boys in. So Arizona State, Cal and Maryland fans, relax. Get to six wins, and someone will find a home for you. However …

Some Power Five leagues don’t have enough bowl tie-ins. The Pac-12 only has seven bowl slots and should have anywhere between eight to ten eligible teams. That might be an issue, but it’s worse for the Group of Five leagues. Miami University, Middle Tennessee, Temple, UAB and Nevada fans, if your team gets to seven wins, you’ll go bowling somewhere. Six, and there’s a problem.

Here are the biggest bowl dates and matchups to care about …

College Football Playoff National Championship
New Orleans, January 13th.

College Football Playoff Semifinals: December 28th
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Arizona
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta

New Year’s Six Games
Rose Bowl: Big Ten vs. Pac-12 team
Sugar Bowl: Big 12 vs. SEC
Orange Bowl: ACC vs. Notre Dame or highest-ranked available SEC or Big Ten team not in the Sugar or Rose, respectively.
Cotton Bowl: Highest-ranked Group of Five champion if not in CFP vs. top ranked at-large team after the other NY6 bowls are figured out.

You can check out all the 2019-2020 College Football conference bowl tie-ins here.

And here we go …

2019-2020 Bowl Projections: Week 0

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 20
2:00 ET, ESPN
Thomas Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
MAC vs. Conference USA
Projection: Eastern Michigan vs. Florida Atlantic
Other Top Options: Northern Illinois, Southern Miss
Last Season: FIU 35, Toledo 32

Frisco Bowl

Friday, December 20
7:30 ET, ESPN2
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
American Athletic vs. at-large
Secondary: MAC, and if not, Conference USA
Projection: Houston vs. Marshall
Other Top Options: Tulane, Cincinnati
Last Season: Ohio 27, San Diego State 0

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Saturday, December 21
1:30 ET, CBS Sports Network
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL,
American Athletic vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Memphis vs. Georgia Southern 
Other Top Options: Arkansas State, USF
Last Season: Tulane 41, Louisiana 24

New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 21
2:00 ET, ESPN
Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Conference USA vs. Mountain West
Projection: Southern Miss vs. San Diego State 
Other Top Options: Southern Miss, Nevada
Last Season: Utah State 52, North Texas 13

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl

Saturday, December 21
3:30 ET, ABC
Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
American Athletic vs. MAC
Projection: SMU vs. Ohio
Other Top Options: Memphis, Toledo
Last Season: UAB 37, Northern Illinois 13

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Saturday, December 21
5:30 ET, ESPN
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Buffalo vs. Arkansas State
Other Top Options: Miami University, Troy
Last Season: Georgia Southern 23, Eastern Michigan 21

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl

Saturday, December 21
7:30 ET, ABC
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Mountain West (champion) vs. Pac-12
Projection: Boise State vs. Stanford
Other Top Options: Fresno State, Washington State
Last Season: Fresno State 31, Arizona State 20

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Saturday, December 21
9:00 ET, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Conference USA vs. Sun Belt (champion)
Projection: Appalachian State vs.  Louisiana Tech
Other Top Options: Louisiana, FIU
Last Season: Appalachian State 45, Middle Tennessee 13

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Monday, December 23
2:30 ET, ESPN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
American Athletic vs. Conference USA
Secondary: ACC
Projection: Cincinnati vs. FIU 
Other Top Options: USF, Southern Miss
Last Season: Marshall 38, USF 20

SoFi Hawai’i Bowl

Tuesday, December 24
8:00 ET, ESPN
Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
BYU vs. American Athletic or Mountain West
Projection: BYU vs. Hawaii 
Other Top Options: Cincinnati, Memphis, Temple, Fresno State
Last Season: Louisiana Tech 31, Hawaii 14

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

Thursday, December 26
4:00 ET, ESPN
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
Secondary: American Athletic, Conference USA
Projection: Syracuse vs. Tulane
Other Top Options: Georgia Tech, Marshall
Last Season: Duke 56, Temple 27

Quick Lane Bowl

Thursday, December 26
8:00 ET, ESPN
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
ACC vs. Big Ten
Secondary: MAC
Projection: Wake Forest vs. Purdue 
Other Top Options: Northwestern, Boston College
Last Season: Minnesota 34, Georgia Tech 10

Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman

Friday, December 27
12:00 ET, ESPN
Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Annapolis, MD
ACC vs. American Athletic
Projection: Georgia Tech vs. Navy
Other Top Options: Wake Forest, Temple
Last Season: Cincinnati 35, Virginia Tech 31

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Friday, December 27
3:20 ET, ESPN
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
ACC vs. Big Ten
Projection: Florida State vs. Nebraska
Other Top Options: NC State, Minnesota
Last Season: Wisconsin 35, Miami 3

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Friday, December 27
6:45 ET, ESPN
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Big 12 vs. SEC
Projection: Iowa State vs. Army
Other Top Options: TCU, Texas A&M
Last Season: Baylor 45, Vanderbilt 38

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Friday, December 27
8:00 ET, FS1
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Projection: Penn State vs. Oregon
Other Top Options: Iowa, USC
Last Season: Northwestern 31, Utah 20

Cheez-It Bowl

Saturday, December 28
10:15 ET, ESPN
Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Secondary: Mountain West
ProjectionWest Virginia vs. UCLA
Other Top Options: Baylor, Arizona, Arizona State
Last Season: TCU 10, Cal 7 OT

Camping World Bowl

Saturday, December 28
12:00 ET, ABC
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
ACC vs. Big 12
Projection: Virginia vs. Oklahoma State 
Other Top Options: Virginia Tech, Iowa State
Last Season: Syracuse 34, West Virginia 18

SERVPRO First Responders Bowl

Monday, December 30
12:30 ET, ESPN
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX
Big 12 vs. Conference USA
Projection: Kansas State vs. North Texas
Other Top Options: West Virginia, Southern Miss
Last Season: Boise State vs. Boston College cancelled

Redbox Bowl

Monday, December 30
4:00 ET, FOX
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Projection: Minnesota vs. USC
Other Top Options: Iowa, Washington State
Last Season: Oregon 7, Michigan State 6

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Monday, December 30
4:00 ET, ESPN
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
SEC vs. (likely) ACC, or Big Ten
Projection: South Carolina vs.  NC State
Other Top Options: Kentucky, Florida State
Last Season: Auburn 63, Purdue 14

Belk Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
12:00 ET, ESPN
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Projection: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky
Other Top Options: Virginia Tech, Tennessee
Last Season: Virginia 28, South Carolina 0

Hyundai Sun Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
2:00 ET, CBS
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
ACC vs. Pac-12
Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Washington State 
Other Top Options: Virginia, Arizona, Arizona State
Last Season: Stanford 14, Pitt 13

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
3:45 ET, ESPN
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN
Big 12 vs. SEC
Secondary: American Athletic
Projection: Baylor vs.  Tennessee
Other Top Options: Iowa State, Kentucky
Last Season: Oklahoma State 38, Missouri 33

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
4:30 ET, CBS Sports Network
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Sun Belt vs. Mountain West
Projection: Troy vs. Utah State 
Other Top Options: Georgia Southern, UNLV, Utah State
Last Season: Nevada 16, Arkansas State 13 OT

Valero Alamo Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
7:30 ET, ESPN
Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Projection: TCU vs. Washington 
Other Top Options: Oklahoma State, Oregon
Last Season: Washington State 28, Iowa State 26

VRBO Citrus Bowl

Wednesday, January 1
1:00 ET, ABC
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
SEC vs. Big Ten or ACC
Projection: Texas A&M vs. Wisconsin
Other Top Options: Auburn, Michigan State
Last Season: Kentucky 27, Penn State 24

Outback Bowl

Wednesday, January 1
1:00 ET, ESPN
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Big Ten vs. SEC
Projection: Michigan State vs. Auburn  
Other Top Options: Penn State, Texas A&M
Last Season: Iowa 27, Mississippi State 22

Birmingham Bowl

Thursday, January 2
3:00 ET, ESPN
Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
American Athletic vs. SEC
Secondary: ACC
Projection: USF vs. Boston College  
Other Top Options: Cincinnati, Tennessee
Last Season: Wake Forest 37, Memphis 34

TaxSlayer Bowl

Thursday, January 2
7:00 ET, ESPN
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
SEC vs. (likely) Big Ten, or ACC
Projection: Mississippi State vs. Iowa 
Other Top Options: Auburn, Wisconsin
Last Season: Texas A&M 52, NC State 13

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Friday, January 3
3:30 ET, ESPN
Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
MAC vs. Mountain West
Projection: Fresno State vs. Northern Illinois 
Other Top Options: Utah State, Eastern Michigan, Nevada
Last Season: BYU 49, Western Michigan 18

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Saturday, January 4
11:30 am ET, ESPN
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Big Ten vs. Mountain West
Projection: Northwestern vs. Air Force
Other Top Options: Purdue, Utah State
Last Season: Army 70, Houston 14

Mobile Alabama Bowl

Monday, January 6
7:30 ET, ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Toledo vs. Louisiana
Other Top Options: Northern Illinois, Georgia Southern
Last Season: Troy 42, Buffalo 32

2019-2020 College Football Conference Bowl Tie-Ins

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