College Football Bowl Projections for 2014

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Athlon projects the bowls and playoff for 2014.

College Football Bowl Projections for 2014

 

College football’s postseason format has changed significantly last year, with 2014 the first season of a four-team playoff.

As a result of the new playoff format, the changes in the postseason extended to the bowl games.

Whether it was a change in date or conference affiliation, nearly every bowl game was impacted by the new format.

While there will be an adjustment period on remembering all of the new tie-ins and bowl affiliations, the bowl lineup for 2014 and beyond has improved.

Counting the three playoff games, there will be 39 bowl games for 2014. The postseason is set to start on Dec. 20, with five games scheduled to take place, starting with the New Orleans Bowl between the Sun Belt and Mountain West.


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College Football's 2014 Bowl Projections

BowlDateTie-InProjection
New Orleans
 
Dec. 20Sun Belt vs.
Mountain West
 UL Lafayette  vs.
Utah State 
New MexicoDec. 20C-USA vs.
Mountain West
 North Texas vs.
San Diego State 
Las VegasDec. 20Mountain West
vs. Pac-12 No. 6
 Arizona vs.
Boise State 
Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 20MAC vs.
Mountain West
 Ball State vs. 
Nevada 
CamelliaDec. 20MAC vs.
Sun Belt
 Arkansas State vs.
Toledo 
Miami BeachDec. 23American vs.
BYU
  BYU vs.
East Carolina 
Boca RatonDec. 23C-USA vs. 
MAC
 FAU vs.
Northern Illinois 
PoinsettiaDec. 23Mountain West vs.
Navy
 Fresno State vs. 
Navy 
BahamasDec. 24C-USA vs.
MAC
 MTSU vs.
Ohio 
HawaiiDec. 24C-USA vs. 
Mountain West
 Colorado State vs.
Rice 
Heart of DallasDec. 26Big Ten vs. 
C-USA
Maryland vs. 
UTSA 
Bitcoin St. PetersburgDec. 26ACC No. 10 vs.
American
 Georgia Tech vs.
USF 
MilitaryDec. 27ACC No. 7-9 vs.
American Athletic
Cincinnati vs.
Pittsburgh 
SunDec. 27ACC No. 3-6 vs.
Pac-12 No. 5
 Miami vs. 
Washington 
PinstripeDec. 27ACC No. 3-6 vs.
Big Ten No. 5-7
 Nebraska vs.
North Carolina 
IndependenceDec. 27ACC No. 7-9 vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Duke vs.
Utah* 
HolidayDec. 27Big Ten No. 2-4 vs.
Pac-12 No. 3
 Michigan vs.
USC 
LibertyDec. 29Big 12 No. 5 vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Oklahoma State vs.
Tennessee 
Russell AthleticDec. 29ACC No. 2 vs.
Big 12 No. 3
 Notre Dame vs. 
Kansas State 
TexasDec. 29Big 12 No. 4 vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Texas A&M vs.
TCU 
DetroitDec. 30ACC No. 7-9 vs.
Big Ten
 Northwestern vs.
Syracuse 
BelkDec. 30ACC No. 3-6 vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Louisville vs.
Mississippi State 
San FranciscoDec. 30Big Ten No. 5-7 vs.
Pac-12 No. 4
Arizona State vs.
Minnesota 
Music CityDec. 30ACC/Big Ten vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Iowa vs.
Missouri 
Capital OneJan. 1SEC No. 2 vs
Big Ten/ACC
Ohio State vs.
Ole Miss 
OutbackJan. 1Big Ten No. 2-4 vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Florida vs. 
Wisconsin 
Armed ForcesJan. 2American/Army vs.
Big 12 No. 7
 Houston vs.
Oregon State* 
TaxSlayerJan. 2ACC/Big Ten vs.
SEC No. 3-8
 Virginia Tech vs.
LSU 
AlamoJan. 2Big 12 No. 2 vs.
Pac-12 No. 2
 Stanford vs. 
Texas 
CactusJan. 2Big 12 No. 6 vs. 
Pac-12 No. 7
 Texas Tech vs.
Washington State 
BirminghamJan. 3American vs. 
SEC No. 9
 UCF vs.
Vanderbilt 
GoDaddyJan. 4MAC vs. 
Sun Belt
 Bowling Green vs.
South Alabama 
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New Year's Bowls
Chick-fil-A PeachDec. 31At-large vs.
At-large

 Georgia vs.
Marshall 

FiestaDec. 31At-large vs.
At-large 
 UCLA vs.
South Carolina 
OrangeDec. 31ACC No. 1 vs. 
Big Ten/ND/SEC
 Clemson vs.
Auburn 
CottonJan. 1At-large vs. 
At-large
 Michigan State vs. 
Baylor 
    
College Football Playoff
RoseJan. 1Playoff SemifinalAlabama vs.
Oklahoma 
SugarJan. 1Playoff Semifinal Florida State vs.
Oregon 
CFB ChampionshipJan. 12Semifinal Winner vs.
Semifinal Winner
 Florida State over
Alabama 
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