College football bowl projections for conference championship week
Bowl Season will be just as unpredictable from a scheduling standpoint as the 2020 college football regular season.
Some bowl games have been canceled. Some schools opted out of the postseason before it started. Bowl tie-ins will be fluid, and the number of games could change by the day.
That makes bowl projections almost impossible to figure out. Sporting News takes its last crack at them before conference championship weekend. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Ohio State remain our picks for the College Football Playoff heading into the final weekend.
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This season’s semifinals are scheduled for Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The Playoff championship game will be Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
With that, here are SN’s picks for Bowl Season, the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day 6 heading into conference championship week:
College football bowl projections
*Denotes team that has accepted bowl bid
Date Bowl Teams Dec. 19 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl SMU* vs. Louisiana Tech Dec. 21 Myrtle Beach Bowl UAB vs. Liberty Dec. 22 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Toledo vs. San Diego State Dec. 22 Boca Raton Bowl UCF* vs. FAU Dec. 23 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Rice vs. Appalachian State Dec. 23 Montgomery Bowl* Memphis* vs. Western Michigan Dec. 24 New Mexico Bowl Houston vs. Nevada Dec. 25 Camellia Bowl Kent State vs. Georgia Southern Dec. 26 Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl UCLA vs. Wake Forest Dec. 26 Cure Bowl Coastal Carolina vs. Buffalo Dec. 26 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl BYU vs. San Jose State Dec. 26 LendingTree Bowl UTSA vs. Louisiana Dec. 26 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Army* vs. Oregon Dec. 26 Guaranteed Rate Bowl West Virginia vs. Minnesota Dec. 28 Military Bowl Presented by Perspecta Tulane vs. Virginia Dec. 29 Cheez-It Bowl TCU vs. Utah Dec. 29 Valero Alamo Bowl Iowa State vs. Colorado Dec. 30 Duke’s Mayo Bowl Penn State vs. N.C. State Dec. 30 TransPerfect Music City Bowl Tennessee vs. Wisconsin Dec. 31 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Washington vs. Kentucky Dec. 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas Dec. 31 Arizona Bowl Ball State vs. Boise State Dec. 31 Texas Bowl Texas vs. Stanford Jan. 1 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl Tulsa vs. Marshall Jan. 1 Vrbo Citrus Bowl Auburn vs. Iowa Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Missouri vs. Miami Jan. 2 Outback Bowl Ole Miss vs. Northwestern
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New Year’s Day 6 projections
Date Bowl Teams Dec. 30 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Oklahoma vs. Florida Jan. 1 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Cincinnati vs. Georgia Jan. 2 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl USC vs. Indiana Jan. 2 Capital One Orange Bowl Texas A&M vs. North Carolina
College Football Playoff projections
Date Bowl Teams Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game (CFP semifinal) Ohio State vs. Clemson Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl (CFP semifinal) Alabama vs. Notre Dame Jan. 11 CFP National Championship Game Alabama vs. Clemson