College football Week 6 bowl projections: Rebuilding the postseason picture

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. 

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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 

BOWL TEAMS
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. Appalachian State
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Nebraska vs. Louisville
New Mexico Bowl Wyoming vs. Houston
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Ohio vs. Air Force
Outback Bowl Mississippi State vs. Minnesota
Quick Lane Bowl Toledo vs. Michigan State
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Louisiana Tech vs. Coastal Carolina
Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Army vs. Stanford
SDCCU Holiday Bowl Washington vs. Virginia Tech
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Iowa State vs. Colorado State
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Auburn vs. North Carolina
Ticket Smarter Birmingham Bowl Tulsa vs. South Carolina
Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Cal vs. Pitt
TransPerfect Music City Bowl LSU vs. Iowa
Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl UTSA vs. Nevada
Valero Alamo Bowl Oklahoma vs. Arizona State
VRBO Citrus Bowl Tennessee vs. Michigan

Week 6 New Year’s Day Six projections 

DATE BOWL TEAMS
Dec. 30 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Wisconsin
Jan. 1 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Georgia vs. Miami
Jan. 2 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Cincinnati vs. Penn State
Jan. 2 Capital One Orange Bowl Florida vs. Notre Dame

Week 6 College Football Playoff projections 

DATE BOWL TEAMS
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game (semifinal) Alabama vs. Ohio State
Jan. 1 Allstate Sugar Bowl (semifinal) Clemson vs. Oregon
Jan. 11 CFP Championship Game Ohio State vs. Clemson

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