Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: After CFP Rankings

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: After CFP Rankings

Bowl Projections

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: After CFP Rankings


The bowl projections, picks and predictions for the College Football Playoff after the December 3rd College Football Playoff Rankings

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Welcome to the last bowl projections before the final big ones roll out after all of the games are played on Championship Saturday. We’ve changed these up following the latest round of rankings from the College Football Playoff committee.

So here’s what we know …

– BYU is in the Hawaii Bowl, and Buffalo and Charlotte are in the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl. They announce the Bahamas Bowl early to allow more time for travel arrangements.

– Barring a total meltdown of epic proportions, Ohio State and LSU are going to be in the College Football Playoff even if they lose their respective championship games. Clemson is probably in even if it loses to Virginia, but that’s not a guarantee.

If Georgia beats LSU in the SEC Championship, both teams will be in, and the Big 12 champion and Utah – if it wins the Pac-12 Championship – will almost certainly be out.

And now for the big calls, with the caveat that this can – and possibly will – all change on the fly on Saturday as the results roll in.

– It’s been our call for weeks that Cincinnati and Memphis split their final two games, with UC winning the American Athletic Conference Championship. That would likely put Boise State in the Cotton Bowl if it beats Hawaii in the Mountain West Championship.

However, if Memphis beats Cincinnati, it’s in the Cotton, and this entire puzzle gets changed with all of the Mountain West and American Athletic Conference bowls being reworked.

– Thanks to the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night that put Wisconsin at 8, Florida 9, Penn State 10, Auburn 11 and Alabama 12, we’re projecting that Wisconsin loses to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship and drops behind Penn State in the final rankings. The higher-ranked team between the two will end up in the Rose Bowl, and the other will go to the Cotton Bowl, because we also project that the Badgers finish ranked ahead of Auburn.

As the highest-ranked available team on the board, we’re projecting that Florida will get a New Year’s Six bowl bid, and based off the committee’s rankings, Auburn and Alabama won’t make the NY6.  That means that three of the CFP/New Year’s Six bowl bids will go to the SEC, and three will go to the Big Ten.

For right now, here’s the best guess …

2019-2020 Bowl Projections: After December 3 College Football Playoff Rankings

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Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 20
2:00 ET, ESPN
Thomas Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
MAC vs. Conference USA
Projection: Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Last Season: FIU 35, Toledo 32
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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. UAB
Last Season: Ohio 27, San Diego State 0

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Cure Bowl

Saturday, December 21
1:30 ET, CBS Sports Network
Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL
American Athletic vs. Sun Belt
Projection: FIU* vs.  Georgia State
Last Season: Tulane 41, Louisiana 24
*No AAC team projected available

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. 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: Temple vs. Ohio
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: Kent State vs. Arkansas State
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. 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: Louisiana Tech vs. Louisiana
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: Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
Last Season: Marshall 38, USF 20

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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
Secondary: American Athletic, Conference USA
Projection: Miami vs. UCF
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: Boston College vs. Toledo
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: North Carolina 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: Louisville 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: Kansas State vs. Texas A&M
Last Season: Baylor 45, Vanderbilt 38
*No SEC team projected available

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: Texas 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. Oklahoma 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: Western Michigan* vs. Marshall
Last Season: Boise State vs. Boston College cancelled
*No Big 12 team projected available

Redbox Bowl

Monday, December 30
4:00 ET, FOX
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Projection: Illinois vs. Cal
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: Mississippi State vs. Virginia Tech
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
Projection: Pitt vs. Cincinnati*
Last Season: Virginia 28, South Carolina 0
*No SEC team projected available

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
2:00 ET, CBS
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
ACC vs. Pac-12
Projection: Wake Forest 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: Iowa 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. Liberty*
Last Season: Nevada 16, Arkansas State 13 OT
*No Mountain West team projected available

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: Auburn vs. Iowa
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: Minnesota vs. Alabama
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. Florida State
Last Season: Wake Forest 37, Memphis 34
*No SEC or ACC teams 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. Indiana
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: WKU* vs. Air Force 
Last Season: Army 70, Houston 14
*No Big Ten team projected available

LendingTree Bowl

Monday, January 6
7:30 ET, ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
MAC vs. Sun Belt
Projection: Central Michigan vs. Appalachian State
Last Season: Troy 42, Buffalo 32

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