College football bowl projections after Week 12

Sunil Kumar


As we inch closer to the first College Football Playoff rankings release on Tuesday, the debate over the final four teams is ramping up.

While a handful of Power 5 teams remain undefeated (albeit while playing a different amount of games among them because of the coronavirus pandemic), there are other programs looking to squeeze into a New Year’s Six bowl.

Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach weigh in with their latest bowl projections after Saturday’s action.

College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Jan. 11, ESPN

Bonagura: Alabama vs. Ohio State
Schlabach: Alabama vs. Ohio State

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Jan. 1, ESPN

Bonagura: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
Schlabach: Ohio State vs. Clemson

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
Jan. 1, ESPN

Bonagura: Alabama vs. Clemson
Schlabach: Alabama vs. Notre Dame


Bowl schedule

Dec. 19

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl
Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas)
7 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Houston vs. UTSA
Schlabach: Houston vs. UTSA

Dec. 21

Myrtle Beach Bowl
Brooks Stadium (Conway, South Carolina)
2:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: North Texas vs. Georgia Southern
Schlabach: Georgia Southern vs. UAB

Dec. 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Albertsons Stadium (Boise, Idaho)
3:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: San Jose State vs. Central Michigan
Schlabach: San Jose State vs. Western Michigan

Boca Raton Bowl
FAU Stadium (Boca Raton, Florida)
7 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: UCF vs. Liberty
Schlabach: UCF vs. Liberty

Dec. 23

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)
3:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: UAB vs. Louisiana
Schlabach: Louisiana vs. Louisiana Tech

Montgomery Bowl
Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Alabama)
7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2 and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Louisiana Tech vs. Georgia State
Schlabach: Tulane vs. Charlotte

Dec. 24

New Mexico Bowl
TBD (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
3:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Nevada vs. Kent State
Schlabach: Nevada vs. Kent State

Dec. 25

Camellia Bowl
Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Alabama)
2:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Buffalo vs. Coastal Carolina
Schlabach: Central Michigan vs. Coastal Carolina

Dec. 26

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
Noon on ABC and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss
Schlabach: Louisville vs. South Carolina

Cure Bowl

Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)
Noon on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Florida Atlantic vs. Troy
Schlabach: Florida Atlantic vs. Troy

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Gerald J. Ford Stadium (Dallas)
3:30 p.m. on ABC and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Virginia Tech vs. SMU
Schlabach: Virginia vs. Tulsa

LendingTree Bowl
Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Mobile, Ala.)
3:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Marshall vs. Appalachian State
Schlabach: Marshall vs. Appalachian State

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium (Shreveport, Louisiana)
7 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Army vs. Washington State
Schlabach: Army vs. Washington

Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Chase Field (Phoenix)
10:15 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Maryland vs. Kansas State
Schlabach: Kansas State vs. Iowa

Dec. 28

Military Bowl Presented by Perspecta
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Maryland)
2:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Virginia vs. Tulane
Schlabach: Navy vs. Virginia Tech

Dec. 29

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium (New York)
2 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Boston College vs. Iowa
Schlabach: Boston College vs. Maryland

Cheez-It Bowl
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)
5:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: North Carolina vs. Texas
Schlabach: North Carolina vs. Oklahoma State

Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome (San Antonio)
9 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Oklahoma vs. USC
Schlabach: Iowa State vs. USC

Dec. 30

Duke’s Mayo Bowl
Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Noon on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Pittsburgh vs. Purdue
Schlabach: Wake Forest vs. Purdue

TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tennessee)
3:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Wisconsin vs. Tennessee
Schlabach: Northwestern vs. Kentucky

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
7:15 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Iowa State vs. Texas A&M
Schlabach: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

LA Bowl
SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, California)
10:45 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Boise State vs. UCLA
Schlabach: Boise State vs. Colorado

Dec. 31

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Texas)
Noon on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Tulsa vs. TCU
Schlabach: TCU vs. SMU

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl
Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas)
2 p.m. on CBS

Bonagura: Wake Forest vs. Colorado
Schlabach: NC State vs. Utah

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Memphis, Tennessee)
4 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: West Virginia vs. Kentucky
Schlabach: West Virginia vs. Tennessee

Arizona Bowl
Arizona Stadium (Tucson, Arizona)
4 p.m. on CBSSN

Bonagura: Western Michigan vs. San Diego State
Schlabach: Buffalo vs. San Diego State

Texas Bowl
NRG Stadium (Houston)
8 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas
Schlabach: Texas vs. LSU

Jan. 1

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
Legion Field (Birmingham, Alabama)
Noon on ESPN2 and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Memphis vs. Mississippi State
Schlabach: Memphis vs. Mississippi State

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
12:30 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Georgia vs. Cincinnati
Schlabach: Georgia vs. Cincinnati

Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida)
1 p.m. on ABC and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Northwestern vs. Auburn
Schlabach: Wisconsin vs. Auburn

Jan. 2

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Florida)
Noon on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: NC State vs. South Carolina
Schlabach: Virginia Tech vs. Ole Miss

Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
12:30 p.m. on ABC and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Indiana vs. LSU
Schlabach: Indiana vs. Arkansas

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)
4 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: BYU vs. Oregon
Schlabach: BYU vs. Oregon

Capital One Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)
8 p.m. on ESPN and the ESPN App

Bonagura: Florida vs. Miami
Schlabach: Florida vs. Miami

Date TBD

Las Vegas Bowl
Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Bonagura: Washington vs. Missouri
Schlabach: California vs. Missouri



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