Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: After Week 11. Explaining What Will Happen

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: After Week 11. Explaining What Will Happen

Bowl Projections

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: After Week 11. Explaining What Will Happen

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Here’s the rationale for all of this …

1) There aren’t going to be a slew of at-large teams available. The projection is that the Pac-12 won’t be able to fill a slew of its bids, and there won’t be a whole lot of other big options. The bowls are going to try to get in with their matchups FAST – it’s going to be a feeding frenzy, because …

2) The American Athletic Conference matchups are going to be awful. They’re going to be way overseeded in bowl after bowl if the league doesn’t get its champion into the New Year’s Six.

3) Let’s go … the College Football Playoff. Here’s the call. LSU, Ohio State and Clemson all win out and go 13-0. Oklahoma loses to Oklahoma State – but wins the Big 12 Championship at 11-2. Alabama will beat Auburn, and in the committee room, the debate will be between a Pac-12 champion that either lost to USC (Utah) or to Auburn (Oregon) or an 11-1 Alabama whose only loss will be to LSU.

Much to the anger and chagrin of a weary public, the real call is that there will somehow be three obvious choices and two Power Five champs with more than one loss … and the door will be open for Alabama to get yet another chance. Think 2017 – and 2011 BCS season – when it comes to what happens when this program gets its shot.

As the line goes, we can’t change the future. We can only see it.

2019-2020 Bowl Projections: Week 11

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 20
2:00 ET, ESPN
Thomas Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
MAC vs. Conference USA
Projection: Western Michigan vs. Florida Atlantic
Last Season: FIU 35, Toledo 32

Tropical Smoothie Cafe 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: SMU vs. Buffalo
Last Season: Ohio 27, San Diego State 0

Cure Bowl

Saturday, December 21
1:30 ET, CBS Sports Network
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
American Athletic vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Cincinnati vs.  Georgia State
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: UAB vs. San Jose State
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: Memphis vs. Central Michigan
Last Season: UAB 37, Northern Illinois 13

Camellia Bowl

Saturday, December 21
5:30 ET, ESPN
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Toledo vs. Louisiana
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: Hawaii vs. UCLA
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: Southern Miss vs. Appalachian State
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: UCF vs. WKU
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. Wyoming
Last Season: Louisiana Tech 31, Hawaii 14

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

Thursday, December 26
4:00 ET, ESPN
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
ACC vs. SEC
Secondary: American Athletic, Conference USA
Projection: Florida State vs. Louisiana Tech
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: North Carolina vs. Nebraska 
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: Louisville vs. Navy 
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: Pitt vs. Michigan State
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: Oklahoma State vs. Temple*
*No SEC team projected available
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: Michigan vs. 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
Projection: Iowa State vs. San Diego 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: Notre Dame vs. Texas
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: TCU vs. Marshall
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: Illinois vs. 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: Miami vs. Liberty*
Last Season: Auburn 63, Purdue 14
*No SEC team projected available

Belk Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
12:00 ET, ESPN
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
ACC vs. SEC
Projection: Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State
*No SEC team projected available
Last Season: Virginia 28, South Carolina 0

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
2:00 ET, CBS
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
ACC vs. Pac-12
Projection: Virginia vs. 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: Kansas State vs. Tennessee
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: Georgia Southern vs. Nevada
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: Baylor vs. Washington
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
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: Penn State vs. Auburn
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: Tulane vs. Charlotte*
Last Season: Wake Forest 37, Memphis 34
*No SEC team projected available

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

Thursday, January 2
7:00 ET, ESPN
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
SEC vs. (likely) Big Ten, or ACC
Projection: Kentucky vs. Iowa
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: Miami University vs. Utah State
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: Indiana vs. Air Force 
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: Ohio vs. Arkansas State
Last Season: Troy 42, Buffalo 32

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