College Football Playoff Projections: Week 7 Rankings and Bowl Forecast | Bleacher Report

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Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard

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Here is the full breakdown of bowl projections, listed alphabetically by conference. New Year’s Six games have been italicized and underlined to help those of you who just scrolled to the bottom to find the marquee games.  

American (9 teams): Cincinnati (Peach Bowl), Houston (Armed Forces Bowl), Memphis (Fenway Bowl), Navy (Military Bowl), SMU (Birmingham Bowl), Temple (Boca Raton Bowl), Tulane (First Responder Bowl), Tulsa (Myrtle Beach Bowl), UCF (Gasparilla Bowl)

ACC (11 teams): Boston College (Fenway Bowl), Clemson (Sugar Bowl), Florida State (Military Bowl), Georgia Tech (Holiday Bowl), Miami (Gator Bowl), NC State (Duke’s Mayo Bowl), North Carolina (Cotton Bowl), Notre Dame (Orange Bowl), Pittsburgh (Pinstripe Bowl), Virginia (Sun Bowl), Virginia Tech (Cheez-It Bowl)

Big 12 (7 teams): Baylor (First Responder Bowl), Iowa State (Cheez-It Bowl), Kansas State (Cactus Bowl), Oklahoma (Alamo Bowl), Oklahoma State (Cotton Bowl), Texas (Texas Bowl), West Virginia (Liberty Bowl)

Big Ten (9 teams): Iowa (Cactus Bowl), Michigan (Citrus Bowl), Michigan State (Pinstripe Bowl), Minnesota (Duke’s Mayo Bowl), Nebraska (Music City Bowl), Ohio State (Rose Bowl), Penn State (Fiesta Bowl), Purdue (Quick Lane Bowl), Wisconsin (Outback Bowl)

Conference USA (5 teams): Florida Atlantic (Boca Raton Bowl), Louisiana Tech (Armed Forces Bowl), Marshall (New Orleans Bowl), UAB (New Mexico Bowl), UTSA (Frisco Bowl)

Independents (4 teams): Army (Independence Bowl), BYU (Peach Bowl), Liberty (Myrtle Beach Bowl)

Mid-American (6 teams): Ball State (Cure Bowl), Buffalo (Quick Lane Bowl), Central Michigan (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Miami-Ohio (Camellia Bowl), Ohio (LendingTree Bowl), Toledo (Arizona Bowl)

Mountain West (5 teams): Air Force (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Boise State (Los Angeles Bowl), Nevada (New Mexico Bowl), San Diego State (Arizona Bowl), Wyoming (Frisco Bowl)

Pac-12 (7 teams): Arizona State (Sun Bowl), California (Los Angeles Bowl),


College football bowl projections: SEC shake-ups may have LSU struggling to even make a bowl

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If you like SEC defenses, you had a bad week.  Yards and points were coming quick and easy almost everywhere in the SEC on Saturday. Alabama saw Ole Miss explode on its defense, though the Crimson Tide held on to win 63-48. That game featured the most points and yards in an SEC regulation game ever. Ole Miss racked up 647 yards, the most ever allowed by Bama.  Only two of Alabama’s 11 drives did not end in touchdowns, and one of those ended on a fumble at the 1-yard line. The Crimson Tide maintain the No. 2 spot in the College Football Playoff projections after the win.

That will get tested next Saturday when Georgia visits Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Bulldogs defense has been pretty stout this season, but they gave up 21 first-half points to Tennessee before locking them down in the second half. Georgia cruised to a 44-21 victory over the previously unbeaten Vols.

Alabama and Georgia have clearly separated themselves from the rest of the SEC now following Florida’s 41-38 loss at Texas A&M. The Gators offense has been impressive through the first three weeks, but the defense has been a suspect. The Aggies lit them up for 543 total yards, including 205 on the ground.  As good as Florida’s offense has looked, the Gators will have to tighten that up if it hopes to make a run at an SEC title. Florida remains projected for a spot in the Peach Bowl for now, but it’s precarious.

The most surprisingly bad defense so far in the SEC belongs to LSU. The Tigers opened the season giving up an SEC-record 623 passing yards to Mississippi State in a 44-34 loss. This week, they gave up 586 yards of total offense in a 45-41 loss to Missouri. For both


Bowl Projections 2020: Predictions, Updated College Football Playoff Outlook | Bleacher Report

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Alabama QB Mac JonesJohn Raoux/Associated Press

While the College Football Playoff has never been in jeopardy, the rest of bowl season has had an unclear outlook.

Put simply, there were too many unanswered questions. Would the games be prioritized? Would any schools not travel to a fan-less game several states away? Will enough teams finish with the requisite six wins to become bowl-eligible?

Now that every FBS conference has announced it would return, though, the first two questions are addressed. Plus, the NCAA is likely to waive bowl-eligibility requirements in 2020.

Yes, the calendar itself must be worked out because the regular season runs into mid-Decemberwhich is when bowls typically begin. But after several months of uncertainty about the postseason, it’s refreshing to have a packed bowl slate on the way.

Note: The Bahamas, Hawaii and RedBox Bowls will not be played.


College Football Playoff

Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1): Clemson vs. Georgia

Rose Bowl (Jan. 1): Alabama vs. Ohio State

After three straight comfortable wins, Clemson is readying for a showdown with seventh-ranked Miami in Week 6. If the Tigers back up their billing as strong favorites, it’s tough to see anyone other than Notre Dame even keeping up with Clemsonwhich is seeking a sixth straight College Football Playoff trip.

Alabama has looked absolutely dominant in its first two games, most recently a 52-24 triumph over Texas A&M. Georgia struggled early against Arkansas but throttled Auburn last week, setting up a huge clash between Bama and UGA on Oct. 17.

Provided the result is not a blowout, though, the losing team shouldn’t be removed from CFP consideration. Oklahoma and Texas already have losses in the Big 12, leaving Oklahoma State as the league’s last undefeated team. Plus, the Pac-12 has both a small schedule and


College football Week 6 bowl projections: Rebuilding the postseason picture

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Bowl projections in 2020 are more difficult than ever. 

The Football Oversight Committee already recommended waiving requirements for eligibility for postseason games this season. The Bahamas Bowl and Hawaii Bowl were canceled last week, and trying to put together realistic projections for all the bowls at this point is almost impossible. 

MORE: Updated AP, Coaches Polls

It’s still fun to try. Sporting News started with its College Football Playoff projections and worked from the top to the bottom in its Week 6 bowl projections. Four of the 10 conferences have not started their seasons, so this will change dramatically with each week. The CFP picks remain the same. We’re sticking with Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oregon for now. 

This season’s semifinals are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Allstate Sugar Bowl. The CFP championship game will be Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.    

With that in mind, here are Sporting News’ picks for the College Football Playoff and New Year’s Day Six heading into Week 6: 

Week 6 bowl projections 

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl TCU vs. Kentucky
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Texas vs. Ole Miss
Gasparilla Bowl BYU vs. Baylor
Cactus Bowl Kansas State vs. Northwestern
Cheez-It Bowl West Virginia vs. Georgia Tech
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl UCF vs. FAU
Duke’s Mayo Bowl Indiana vs. N.C. State
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo vs. San Diego State
FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl Western Kentucky vs. Miami, Ohio
Fenway Bowl Temple vs. Boston College
Los Angeles Bowl USC vs. Boise State
Camelia Bowl Central Michigan vs. Georgia Southern
Lockeheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl SMU vs. Marshall
Military Bowl Navy vs. Virginia
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl Utah vs. Texas A&M
Mobile Alabama Lending Tree Bowl UAB vs. Louisiana
Myrtle Beach Bowl Memphis vs.


College football bowl projections: Oklahoma State hops into New Year’s Six thanks to Big 12 carnage

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Another week, another disaster for the big two in the Big 12 as the conference actively tries to play its way out of College Football Playoff contention. Oklahoma lost its second game in a row to an unranked opponent, this time a 37-30 defeat at the hands of Iowa State that realistically eliminated the Sooners from the CFP. It was Oklahoma’s first loss in Ames, Iowa, since 1960 — 60 years!  It is the first time OU has lost first back-to-back regular-season games since 1999, which makes this the first season since 2014 that the Sooners have more than one conference loss.

After a great escape at Texas Tech last week, Texas coughed one up at home to TCU. The Longhorns lost 33-31 to the Horned Frogs, which are now 7-2 against Texas since joining the Big 12. Texas had a chance to grab the lead late, but Keaontay Ingram fumbled it away at the TCU 1-yard-line with 2:32 to go. The Longhorns never saw the ball again. Oklahoma State is the only remaining undefeated team in the Big 12 after a 47-7 win over Kansas. As such, the Cowboys are now the projected league champion and representative in the New Year’s Six bowl games.

In the most anticipated matchup of the day, Georgia throttled Auburn 27-6 between the hedges. The Bulldogs have been my projected division champion in the SEC East, and that result did nothing to dissuade me. Their chief competition is Florida, which was also impressive in a 38-24 win over South Carolina. I still have both teams taking a back seat to Alabama, however.  The Crimson Tide were dominant in 52-24 win over Texas A&M.  Alabama will have to face Georgia in the regular season before a possible SEC Championship Game rematch. That first game is

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