Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Week 1

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Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Week 1

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Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Week 1

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2022-2023 College Football Playoff Projections

So here’s the problem.

The call was that the winner for the SEC Championship would be in, the loser would be out, Ohio State is a lock, and Clemson might be a relative slam dunk.

Then Georgia came out and rim-rocked Oregon.

It’s SO early, but at the moment, Alabama and Georgia appear to be the two best teams in college football – hardly a bold thought. Even if it doesn’t seem like it will logistically work out – both teams could slip somewhere in an Any Given Saturday in the SEC sort of way – it’s malpractice right now to not assume the CFP would find a way to get both teams in.

That leaves the Buckeyes, the Tigers, and the pet call from the start that we can’t back off now after a 66-14 win over Rice and with a tremendously favorable schedule for a while – USC. One has to be left out.

Again, IT’S EARLY. The same formula will hold – win your Power Five conference championship, go 12-1 or better, and you’ll get in.

So with the understanding that we really do want to put Clemson in here somewhere (if only there was an expanded College Football Playoff format) …

College Football Playoff Semifinal: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2022
4:00 or 8:00, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Last Year: Michigan State 31, Pitt 21
Bowl Ties: CFP vs CFP
Bowl Projection: Alabama vs USC

College Football Playoff Semifinal: Fiesta Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 2022
4:00 or 8:00, ESPN
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Last Year: Oklahoma State 37, Notre Dame 35
Bowl Ties: CFP vs CFP
Bowl Projection: Georgia vs Ohio State

College Football Playoff National Championship

Monday, January 9, 2023
TBA, ESPN
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
Last Year: Georgia 33, Alabama 18
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Winner vs Fiesta Bowl Winner
Bowl Projection: Alabama vs Georgia

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