College Football Bowl Projections for 2020-21

Projecting every bowl and playoff games for 2020-21

College football's 2020 bowl season is less than a week away, and with 16 weeks in the books, it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason. Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame are projected to compete in the CFB Playoff, with the New Year's Six matchups headlined by North Carolina-Texas A&M in the Orange Bowl and Iowa State-Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. 

 

The 2020-21 bowl schedule features 34 overall games including the national championship. Additionally, the semifinals will take place on Friday, Jan. 1 this season. The Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl will host the semifinals, while the national championship will be held in the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Jan. 11. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seven bowl games Hawaii, Holiday, Pinstripe, Sun, Las Vegas, Birmingham, Los Angeles, Military, Independence, Quick Lane, Guaranteed Rate, Fenway, Redbox and Bahamas - will not be played. With conference championships scheduled for Dec. 18 and 19, our bowl projections take into account which teams are projected for those games. As a result, teams like Coastal Carolina, Marshall, UAB and Louisiana are projected for bowl games one week after the conference championship. Boston College, San Diego State, UCLA, Utah, Virginia Tech, USC, Penn State, Kansas State, Louisville, Virginia, Florida State, Washington, Georgia Tech, LSU, Pitt and Stanford have opted out of a bowl game. 

 

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every bowl and playoff game in 2020 after Week 16:

 

College Football Bowl Projections for 2020-21

Alamo Bowl

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Projection: Texas vs. Colorado

 

Arizona Bowl

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West
Projection: Ball State vs. San Jose State

 

Armed Forces Bowl

Tie-In: Pac-12 vs. SEC
Projection: Mississippi State vs. Tulsa

 

Boca Raton Bowl

Tie-In: AAC/Sun Belt/MAC/C-USA

Projection: UCF vs. BYU

 

Camellia Bowl

Tie-In: Sun Belt vs. MAC/Conference USA

Projection: Marshall vs. Buffalo

 

Cheez-It Bowl

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big 12

Projection: Miami vs. Oklahoma State

 

Citrus Bowl

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Northwestern vs. Auburn

 

Cure Bowl

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA/Sun Belt/MAC

Projection: Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty

 

Duke's Mayo Bowl

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big Ten

Projection: Wake Forest vs. Wisconsin

 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: Tulane vs. Nevada

 

First Responder Bowl

Tie-In: American/Big 12/Sun Belt/Conference USA

Projection: UTSA vs. Louisiana

 

Frisco Bowl (Canceled)

Tie-In: AAC/MW/C-USA/MAC/Sun Belt

Projection: UTSA vs. SMU (Game canceled due to COVID-19 concerns)

 

Gasparilla Bowl

Tie-In: SEC vs. American/ACC/C-USA

Projection: UAB vs. South Carolina

 

Gator Bowl

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC

Projection: Kentucky vs. NC State

 

LendingTree Bowl

Tie-In: Sun Belt vs. C-USA/MAC

Projection: Georgia State vs. WKU

 

Liberty Bowl

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: West Virginia vs. Tennessee

 

Music City Bowl

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Iowa vs. Missouri

 

Montgomery

Tie-In: At-Large vs. At-Large

Projection: Memphis vs. FAU

 

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Tie-In: AAC/Sun Belt/MAC/C-USA

Projection: North Texas vs. Appalachian State

 

New Mexico Bowl

Tie-In: MW/AAC/Sun Belt/MAC/C-USA

Projection: Hawaii vs. Houston

 

New Orleans Bowl

Tie-In: Sun Belt vs. Conference USA

Projection: Georgia Southern vs. Louisiana Tech

 

Outback Bowl

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Indiana vs. Ole Miss

 

Texas Bowl

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: TCU vs. Arkansas

 

 

New Year's Six 

Cotton Bowl

Tie-In: At-Large vs. At-Large

Projection: Oklahoma vs. Florida

 

Fiesta Bowl

Tie-In: At-Large vs. At-Large

Projection: Oregon vs. Iowa State

 

Peach Bowl

Tie-In: At-Large vs. At-Large

Projection: Cincinnati vs. Georgia

 

Orange Bowl

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC/Big Ten/Notre Dame

Projection: North Carolina vs. Texas A&M

 

 

College Football Playoff

 

Sugar Bowl (Semifinal)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Clemson vs. Ohio State

 

Rose Bowl (Semifinal in Texas)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

 

National Championship

Tie-In: Rose Bowl Winner vs. Sugar Bowl Winner

Projection: Alabama vs. Clemson

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