Final College Football Bowl Projections

    The final bowl projections before the official announcement at noon ET on Sunday.

    December 6, 2015

    Bowl Projections 

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    We’ve got our final four.

    Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma
    in a powerhouse Year Two of the College Football Playoff – no complaints here.

    Clemson will be No. 1, Alabama will be No. 2, or at worst, No. 3. Does
    Michigan State move up to No. 3? The guess is absolutely, positively it does
    after beating unbeaten Iowa and going 12-1 with a Big Ten title. Oklahoma,
    though, probably catches a break facing Clemson instead of Alabama.

    After that, what’s the New Year’s Six going to look like? How are all the other
    bowl matchups going to shape up?

    The biggest key will be the 5-7 teams and where they all get to go. Missouri would’ve been an attractive option at 5-7,
    but it declined an invite. There are four missing bowl eligible teams, meaning
    Nebraska, Minnesota, San Jose State and Illinois are the most-likely teams
    to find their way in based on the APR (Academic Progress Report/Rate), but Rice
    might get in because it’s a Conference USA tie-in for the NOVA Home Loans
    Arizona Bowl. 

    So
    keeping the geographic challenges in mind, and looking at what the bowl people
    are going to want to try putting together, here we go …

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    College Football Playoff

    College Football Playoff Championship

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

    This will be the main event on New Year’s Eve. Michigan State will get the No. 3
    spot with a better resume than Oklahoma’s, and it might even move up to No. 2.
    It doesn’t make a difference which on is in which spot – it’ll be Dantonio vs.
    Saban. It’s going to be fantastic.

    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: Clemson vs. Oklahoma

    Oklahoma will be more than happy to move down to No. 4 to go to the old school
    Big 8 slot against the No. 1 Tigers – better to play Clemson than Alabama. If
    it’s Michigan State at the No. 4, fine, but expect Bob Stoops and Dabo Swinney
    in a fascinating coaching matchup.

    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: North Carolina 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: Houston vs. Ohio State  

    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: Iowa vs. Stanford  

    Allstate Sugar Bowl

    Friday, January 1, 8:30 pm ET, ESPN

    Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
    Big 12 vs. SEC
    Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss

    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: Connecticut vs. Georgia State

    Gildan New Mexico Bowl

    Saturday, December 19, 2:00 pm ET, ESPN
    University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
    Conference USA vs. Mountain West
    Projection: Arizona* vs. New Mexico
    *No
    Conference USA team projected available

    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. Utah

    Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

    Saturday, December 19, 5:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
    MAC vs. Sun Belt
    Projection: Ohio vs. Georgia Southern  

    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. Arkansas State

    Miami Beach Bowl

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

    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

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

    Boca Raton Bowl

    Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN
    FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
    American Athletic vs. MAC
    Projection: Temple vs. Toledo

    San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

    Wednesday, December 23, 4:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
    MAC vs. Mountain West
    Projection: Northern Illinois vs. San Diego State

    GoDaddy Bowl

    Wednesday, December 23, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
    MAC vs. Sun Belt
    Projection: Bowling Green vs. Appalachian State

    Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

    Thursday, December 24, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
    Conference USA vs. MAC
    Matchup: Middle Tennessee vs.
    Western Michigan

    Hawai’i Bowl

    Thursday, December 24, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
    American Athletic vs. Mountain West or BYU
    Projection: Cincinnati vs. Utah 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. Marshall

    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: Pitt vs. UCLA

    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: California* vs. Southern Miss
    *No Big 12 team projected available.
     

    New Era Pinstripe Bowl

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

    Independence Bowl

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

    Foster Farms Bowl

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

    *Nebraska to get in on APR

    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: Virginia 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: Central Michigan* vs. Minnesota*

    *No ACC or Big Ten team available. Minnesota to get in on APR

    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: Washington* vs. Air Force

    *No Big Ten team projected available

    Russell Athletic Bowl

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

    NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

    Tuesday, December 29, 7:30 pm ET, Campus Insiders
    Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
    Conference USA vs. Mountain West (Sun Belt alternative)
    Projection: San Jose State* vs. Colorado State 
    *No Conference USA or Sun Belt team projected available, Rice to get in on APR

    AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

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

    Birmingham Bowl

    Wednesday, December 30, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN
    Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
    American Athletic vs. SEC
    Projection: Tulsa vs. Nevada*
    *No SEC team projected available

    Belk Bowl

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

    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: Louisville vs. Arkansas

    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. USC

    Outback Bowl

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

    Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

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

    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. Georgia

    AutoZone Liberty Bowl

    Saturday, January 2, 3:20 pm ET, ESPN
    Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
    Big 12 vs. SEC
    Projection: West Virginia vs. Tennessee

    Valero Alamo Bowl

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

    Cactus Bowl

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


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