2015-2016 College Football Bowl Projections After Week 8

    2015-2016 college football bowl projections after Week 8, including the College Football Playoff final four and national championship game.

    October 26, 2015


    Will the ACC have enough bowl eligible teams? Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech will all be within range, but they also all have tough schedules ahead to get to six wins. The other problem is the Pac-12 with too many bowl eligible teams – if things play out as expected, there won’t be good enough teams to get more than two into the playoff bowls, but ten Pac-12 teams should be eligible.

    College Football Playoff

    College Football Playoff Championship

    Monday, January 11, ESPN
    University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
    Playoff Winner vs. Playoff Winner
    Projection: Ohio State vs. Alabama

    Goodyear Cotton Bowl

    College Football Playoff Semifinal
    Thursday, December 31, 4:00 or 8:00 pm ET, ESPN
    AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
    Playoff vs. Playoff
    Projection: Alabama vs. Baylor

    Alabama still needs another Ole Miss loss, but it’s playing like the best team in college football when it’s fully focused and playing at its highest of levels. Baylor will lose along the way to Oklahoma, but the Sooners will blow it in the regular season finale against Oklahoma State.

    Capital One Orange Bowl

    College Football Playoff Semifinal
    Thursday, December 31, 4:00 or 8:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
    Playoff vs. Playoff
    Projection: Stanford vs. Ohio State

    Ohio State is starting to look the part now that J.T. Barrett is under center, while Michigan State is struggling – the call of OSU for the No. 1 spot doesn’t change. Stanford is on a roll – it’ll rip through the rest of the Pac-12 on the way to a 12-1 record and a title.

    New Year’s Six Bowls

    Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

    Thursday, December 31, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
    CFP Top 12 vs. CFP Top 12
    Projection: Florida State vs. Notre Dame

    Fiesta Bowl

    Friday, January 1, 1:00 pm ET, ESPN
    University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
    CFP Top 12 vs. CFP Top 12
    Projection: Clemson vs. Houston

    Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual

    Friday, January 1, 5:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
    Big Ten vs. Pac-12
    Projection: Michigan State vs. Utah

    Allstate Sugar Bowl

    Friday, January 1, 8:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
    Big 12 vs. SEC
    Projection: Oklahoma vs. Florida

    2015-2016 Bowl Schedule

    AutoNation Cure Bowl

    Saturday, December 19, 12:00 pm ET, CBSSN
    Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, FL
    American vs. Sun Belt
    Projection: East Carolina vs. Georgia Southern

    Gildan New Mexico Bowl

    Saturday, December 19, 2:00 pm ET, ESPN
    University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
    Conference USA vs. Mountain West
    Projection: Middle Tennessee vs. Colorado State

    Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

    Saturday, December 19, 3:30 pm ET, ABC
    Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
    BYU or Mountain West vs. Pac-12
    Projection: BYU vs. California

    Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

    Saturday, December 19, 5:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
    Conference USA vs. Sun Belt
    Projection: Ohio vs. Arkansas State

    R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

    Saturday, December 19, 9:00 ET, ESPN
    Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
    Conference USA vs. Sun Belt
    Projection: Louisiana Tech vs. Appalachian State

    Miami Beach Bowl

    Monday, December 21, 2:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Marlins Park, Miami, FL
    American Athletic vs. Conference USA
    Projection: Cincinnati vs. FIU

    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

    Tuesday, December 22, 3:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID
    MAC vs. Mountain West
    Projection: Northern Illinois vs. Utah State

    Boca Raton Bowl

    Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN
    FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
    American Athletic vs. MAC
    Projection: South Florida vs. Central Michigan

    San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

    Wednesday, December 23, 4:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
    Army (or MAC) vs. Mountain West
    Projection: Toledo vs. Boise State
    *Army not projected available

    GoDaddy Bowl

    Wednesday, December 23, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
    MAC vs. Sun Belt
    Projection: Western Michigan vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

    Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

    Thursday, December 24, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
    Conference USA vs. MAC
    Projection: Marshall vs. Bowling Green

    Hawai’i Bowl

    Thursday, December 24, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
    American Athletic vs. Mountain West or BYU
    Projection: Tulsa vs. San Jose State

    St. Petersburg Bowl

    Saturday, December 26, 11:00 am ET, ESPN
    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
    American Athletic vs. Conference USA
    Projection: Memphis vs. WKU

    Hyundai Sun Bowl

    Saturday, December 26, 2:00 pm ET, CBS
    Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
    ACC or Notre Dame vs. Pac-12
    Projection: Louisville vs. Arizona State

    Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

    Saturday, December 26, 2:20 pm ET, ESPN
    Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX
    Big 12 vs. Conference USA
    Projection: Kansas State vs. Rice

    New Era Pinstripe Bowl

    Saturday, December 26, 3:30 pm, ABC
    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
    ACC or Notre Dame vs. Big Ten
    Projection: Pitt vs. Northwestern

    Independence Bowl

    Saturday, December 26, 5:35 pm ET, ESPN
    Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
    ACC or Notre Dame vs. SEC
    Projection: Arkansas vs. Miami

    Foster Farms Bowl

    Saturday, December 26, 9:15 pm ET, ESPN
    Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
    Big Ten vs. Pac-12
    Projection: Illinois vs. Oregon

    Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman

    Monday, December 28, 2:30 pm, ESPN
    Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
    ACC or Notre Dame vs. American Athletic
    Projection: Georgia Tech vs. Navy

    Quick Lane Bowl

    Monday, December 28, 5:00 pm, ESPN2
    Ford Field, Detroit, MI
    ACC or Notre Dame vs. Big Ten
    Projection: Indiana vs. Washington State*
    *No ACC team projected available

    Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

    Tuesday, December 29, 2:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
    Big Ten vs. Mountain West
    Projection: Nebraska vs. Air Force

    Russell Athletic Bowl

    Tuesday, December 29, 5:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
    ACC or Notre Dame vs. Big 12
    Projection: North Carolina vs. Oklahoma State

    NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

    Tuesday, December 29, 7:30 pm ET, Campus Insiders
    Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
    Conference USA vs. Mountain West
    Projection: Southern Miss vs. San Diego State

    AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

    Tuesday, December 29, 9:00 pm ET, ESPN
    NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
    Big 12 vs. SEC
    Projection: Texas A&M vs. Texas

    Birmingham Bowl

    Wednesday, December 30, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
    American Athletic vs. SEC
    Projection: Auburn vs. Temple

    Belk Bowl

    Wednesday, December 30, 3:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
    ACC or Notre Dame vs. SEC
    Projection: Duke vs. Kentucky

    Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

    Wednesday, December 30, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN
    LP Field, Nashville, TN
    ACC or Notre Dame or Big Ten vs. SEC
    Projection: Tennessee vs. NC State

    National University Holiday Bowl

    Wednesday, December 30, 10:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
    Big 12 vs. Pac-12
    Projection: Wisconsin vs. UCLA

    Outback Bowl

    Friday, January 1, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN2
    Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
    Big Ten vs. SEC
    Projection:
    Georgia vs. Michigan

    Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

    Friday, January 1, 12:00 pm ET, ABC
    Orlando Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
    Big Ten vs. SEC
    Projection:
    LSU vs. Iowa

    TaxSlayer Bowl

    Saturday, January 2, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
    EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
    ACC or Notre Dame or Big Ten vs. SEC
    Projection:
    Penn State vs. Ole Miss

    AutoZone Liberty Bowl

    Saturday, January 2, 3:20 pm ET, ESPN
    Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
    Big 12 vs. SEC
    Projection: Mississippi State vs. Texas Tech

    Valero Alamo Bowl

    Saturday, January 2, 6:45 pm ET, ESPN
    Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
    Big 12 vs. Pac-12
    Projection:
    TCU vs. USC

    Cactus Bowl

    Saturday, January 2, 10:15 pm ET, ESPN
    Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
    Big 12 vs. Pac-12
    Projection: West Virginia vs. Arizona

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