College Football

Probably Way-Too-Early Bowl Projections

But I don’t care.  Everyone else does it.  So why not me?  At least that’s my excuse.

So instead of an NFL recap/rant which is probably shitty and has become more rant than recap, I will do this for a while.  I like doing this better anyway, so there.  Here we go!

Sugar Bowl CFP Poll #1 vs. CFP Poll #4 Alabama vs. Penn State
Rose Bowl CFP Poll #2 vs. CFP Poll #3 TCU vs. Clemson

Seems like relatively easy picks at this point right?  Well, there is a wrinkle here.  I have three conference champions (Bama, TCU, Clemson) here and one team that I don’t think will win their conference championship but will be high up enough to qualify.  Penn State will get revenge (kind of) on Ohio State by beating the Buckeyes (and Wisconsin) out for the fourth and final spot.  This will spark a lot of debate and hurtful comments and lashing out against The Committee.  Oh how fun it will be.  I can’t wait.

Peach Bowl CFP At-Large vs. CFP At-Large Ohio State vs. USF
Orange Bowl ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame Miami vs. Wisconsin
Fiesta Bowl CFP At-Large vs. CFP At-Large Washington vs. Oklahoma
Cotton Bowl CFP At-Large vs. CFP At-Large Oklahoma State vs. Georgia

Let’s start with the only game that actually has tie-ins, the Orange Bowl.  With Clemson winning the ACC Championship, Miami would slot in here as the next ACC team in line.  The next best team from that group of Big Ten teams, SEC teams or Notre Dame will be Wisconsin.  Yes I am not putting Notre Dame in the NY6.  I don’t seem them winning out.  Wisky gets here after they LOSE the Big Ten title to…not Penn State but Ohio State.  Yeah, interesting eh?  I thought so too.  Ohio State doesn’t climb high enough in the rankings and ends up in the Peach Bowl against the Group of Five representative USF.  Yes the Bulls over UCF.  Again, I think this is a case of a team just simply not winning all the games they have to.  I have UCF not getting to the War on I-4 undefeated meaning USF would have a clear path to the NY6 (as long as they don’t lose as well).  The other two bowls slot in as you see above.  You could put them in any spots you want except a Bedlam rematch which would certainly not happen.

Citrus Bowl SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC Auburn vs. Notre Dame
Outback Bowl SEC vs. Big Ten Florida vs. Michigan State
Liberty Bowl SEC vs. Big XII/American Tennessee vs. Oregon*
TaxSlayer Bowl SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC South Carolina vs. Northwestern
Arizona Bowl MWC vs. Sun Belt Wyoming vs. Arkansas State
Music City Bowl SEC vs. ACC/Big Ten Kentucky vs. Georgia Tech
Sun Bowl Pac-12 vs. ACC Arizona vs. Louisville
Belk Bowl SEC vs. ACC LSU vs. Virginia Tech
Alamo Bowl Pac-12 vs. Big XII USC vs. Kansas State
Holiday Bowl Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Michigan vs. Stanford
Camping World Bowl Big XII vs. ACC Iowa State vs. NC State
Military Bowl ACC vs. American Pittsburgh vs. Memphis
Texas Bowl SEC vs. Big XII Texas A&M vs. Texas
Foster Farms Bowl Big Ten vs. Pac-12 Iowa vs. Washington State
Pinstripe Bowl Big Ten vs. ACC Nebraska vs. Syracuse
Independence Bowl SEC/Conference USA vs. ACC/American Mississippi State vs. Air Force*
Cactus Bowl Pac-12/MWC vs. Big XII/MWC UCLA vs. Utah State
Quick Lane Bowl Big Ten/MAC vs. ACC/MAC Minnesota vs. Toledo
Heart of Dallas Bowl Big XII vs. Big Ten West Virginia vs. Indiana
Hawaii Bowl MWC vs. American Fresno State vs. Houston
Dollar General Bowl MAC vs. Sun Belt Ohio vs. Appalachian State
Armed Forces Bowl Army vs. Conference USA Army vs. Western Kentucky
Birmingham Bowl SEC/ACC vs. American/ACC Vanderbilt vs. SMU
Idaho Potato Bowl MWC vs. MAC Boise State vs. Western Michigan
Bahamas Bowl Conference USA vs. MAC Louisiana Tech vs. Northern Illinois
Gasparilla Bowl Conference USA/ACC vs. American/ACC Marshall vs. UCF
Frisco Bowl American vs. Sun Belt Navy vs. Troy
Boca Raton Bowl American vs. Conference USA Central Michigan* vs. Southern Miss
Camellia Bowl MAC vs. Sun Belt Akron vs. Middle Tennessee*
New Mexico Bowl MWC vs. Conference USA Colorado State vs. UTSA
Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 vs. MWC Utah vs. San Diego State
Cure Bowl American vs. Sun Belt Temple vs. Old Dominion*
New Orleans Bowl Conference USA vs. Sun Belt Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia State

It’s early.  It isn’t even Halloween.  But a bowl bid has been confirmed already.  Army has accepted their spot in the Armed Forces Bowl.  They are having their best season in a long time.  They also have no real shot at the NY6 so this makes sense.

Yes I have Texas A&M facing Texas in the Texas Bowl.  Yes I know it probably won’t happen.  Yes I do hope it does happen.

No real insight here but we know that some tie-ins will not be filled.  It’s why I believe tie-ins are ridiculous.  Well, at least that many tie-ins.  I have gone over this before.  And at the end of the game, more tie-ins won’t be used because the bowls just don’t give a shit obviously.  So why keep up the charade?

So yes, no NFL recap/rant this week.  I figured what’s the point.  Don’t worry, they will return somewhere down the line when I deem it more important to.

Tomorrow, the college football schedule followed by the NFL schedule on Friday.  Enjoy the week everyone!

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