Brett McMurphy’s College Football Bowl Projections: Dec. 8

    Another bowl bites the dust...

    December 8, 2020

    We’ve had another bowl casualty as the Los Angeles Bowl, which wasn’t expected to debut this season, made it official and announced it won’t be played this year.

    That game was slated to pair a Pac-12 team against the Mountain West champion. Without the LA Bowl, the Mountain West champion will now play in the Arizona Bowl, sources told Stadium.

    It also reduces the number of Pac-12 bowls to four (the league started the year with eight), and that’s after the Pac-12 just added a one-year deal to play the SEC in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Mountain West’s bowl lineup is now down to only three games.

    The LA Bowl is the 10th FBS bowl that has been canceled this year, dropping the overall number of bowls to 33 (not including the College Football Playoff title game). Even though we’re now less than two weeks from Selection Sunday, we could see more bowls canceled.

    Onto my bowl projections entering Tuesday night’s release of the latest College Football Playoff rankings:

    College Football Playoff

    ChampionshipJan. 10 (CFP semifinal winners)
    Projection: Alabama vs. Clemson

    Semifinals
    Sugar BowlJan. 1 (CFP semifinal)
    Projection: Alabama (No. 1 seed) vs. Notre Dame (No. 4 seed)

    Rose BowlJan. 1 (CFP semifinal)
    Projection: Clemson (No. 2 seed) vs. Ohio State (No. 3 seed)

    New Year’s 6 Bowls

    Orange BowlJan. 2 (ACC vs. SEC/Big Ten)
    Projection: Miami vs. Texas A&M

    Fiesta BowlJan. 2 (at-large vs. at-large)
    Projection: USC vs. Indiana

    Peach BowlJan. 1 (at-large vs. at-large)
    Projection: Georgia vs. Cincinnati*

    Cotton BowlDec. 30 (at-large vs. at-large)
    Projection: Iowa State vs. Florida

    Other Bowls

    Gator BowlJan. 2 (ACC vs. SEC)
    Projection: NC State vs. Arkansas

    Outback BowlJan. 2 (Big Ten vs. SEC)
    Projection: Iowa vs. Ole Miss

    Birmingham BowlJan. 1 (AAC vs. SEC)
    Projection: Tulsa vs. South Carolina

    Citrus Bowl Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC)
    Projection: Northwestern vs. Auburn

    Arizona BowlDec. 31 (MAC vs. Mountain West)
    Projection: Buffalo vs. Boise State

    Armed Forces BowlDec. 31 (SEC vs. Pac-12)
    Projection: LSU vs. Oregon

    Liberty BowlDec. 31 (Big 12 vs. SEC)
    Projection: TCU vs. Kentucky

    Texas BowlDec. 31 (Big 12 vs. SEC)
    Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi State

    Duke’s Mayo BowlDec. 30 (ACC vs. Big Ten)
    Projection: Wake Forest vs. Nebraska

    Music City BowlDec. 30 (Big Ten vs. SEC)
    Projection: Wisconsin vs. Missouri

    Alamo BowlDec. 29 (Big 12 vs. Pac-12)
    Projection: Oklahoma vs. Colorado

    Cheez-It BowlDec. 29 (ACC vs. Big 12)
    Projection: North Carolina vs. Texas

    Military Bowl Dec. 28 (ACC vs. AAC)
    Projection: Pitt vs. Navy

    Cure BowlDec. 26 (C-USA vs. Sun Belt)
    Projection: Marshall vs. Coastal Carolina

    First Responder BowlDec. 26 (Group of 5)
    Projection: UTSA vs. BYU

    Gasparilla BowlDec. 26 (ACC vs. SEC)
    Projection: Boston College vs. Tennessee

    Guaranteed Rate BowlDec. 26 (Big Ten vs. Big 12)
    Projection: Maryland vs. West Virginia

    Independence BowlDec. 26 (Army vs. Pac-12)
    Projection: Army vs. Washington

    LendingTree BowlDec. 26 (MAC/C-USA vs. Sun Belt)
    Projection: UAB vs. Georgia State

    Camellia BowlDec. 25 (MAC vs. Sun Belt)
    Projection: Ball State vs. Louisiana

    New Mexico BowlDec. 24 (Mountain West vs. Group of 5)
    Projection: San Jose State vs. Houston

    **Montgomery BowlDec. 23 (Group of 5)
    Projection: Memphis vs. Western Kentucky

    New Orleans BowlDec. 23 (C-USA vs. Sun Belt)
    Projection: Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia Southern

    Boca Raton BowlDec. 22 (ACC vs. AAC)
    Projection: Virginia Tech vs. UCF

    Idaho Potato BowlDec. 22 (AAC vs. Mountain West)
    Projection: Tulane vs. Nevada

    Myrtle Beach BowlDec. 21 (C-USA vs. Sun Belt)
    Projection: FAU vs. Appalachian State

    Frisco BowlDec. 19 (AAC vs. C-USA)
    Projection: SMU vs. UTEP

    Bowls that have been canceled this year:
    •Bahamas Bowl
    •Fenway Bowl
    •Hawaii Bowl
    •Holiday Bowl
    •Las Vegas Bowl
    •Los Angeles Bowl
    •Redbox Bowl
    •Pinstripe Bowl
    •Quick Lane Bowl
    •Sun Bowl


    Teams in bold have already officially accepted bid.

    *The highest rated champion from the Group of Five conferences (American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt) will be selected to play in either the Cotton, Fiesta or Peach Bowl.

    **Replacing Fenway Bowl for this season only.

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