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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 two months away, and with 12 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 Miami-Florida in the Orange Bowl and BYU-Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. 

 

The 2020-21 bowl schedule features 38 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, six bowl games Hawaii, Holiday, Quick Lane, 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.

 

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every bowl and playoff game in 2020 after Week 12:

 

College Football Bowl Projections for 2020-21

Alamo Bowl

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Projection: Iowa State vs. USC

 

Arizona Bowl

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West
Projection: Buffalo vs. Nevada

 

Armed Forces Bowl

Tie-In: AAC/Big 12/C-USA
Projection: TCU vs. SMU

 

Birmingham Bowl

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

Projection: Mississippi State vs. Memphis

 

Boca Raton Bowl

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

Projection: Liberty vs. UCF

 

Camellia Bowl

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

Projection: Western Michigan vs. Appalachian State

 

Cheez-It Bowl

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big 12

Projection: North Carolina vs. Texas

 

Citrus Bowl

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Northwestern vs. Auburn

 

Cure Bowl

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

Projection: Marshall vs. Louisiana

 

Duke's Mayo Bowl

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big Ten

Projection: NC State vs. Wisconsin

 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: Kent State vs. San Diego State

 

First Responder Bowl

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

Projection: Tulsa vs. North Texas

 

Frisco Bowl

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

Projection: Fresno State vs. Houston

 

Gasparilla Bowl

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

Projection: South Carolina vs. Virginia

 

Gator Bowl

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC

Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Ole Miss

 

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Projection: Kansas State vs. Purdue

 

Independence Bowl

Tie-In: Army vs. Pac-12

Projection: Arizona State vs. Army

 

Las Vegas Bowl

Tie-In: Pac-12 vs. SEC

Projection: Washington vs. Missouri

 

LendingTree Bowl

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

Projection: Coastal Carolina vs. UAB

 

Liberty Bowl

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: West Virginia vs. Kentucky

 

Los Angeles Bowl

Tie-In: Mountain West vs. Pac-12

Projection: UCLA vs. Boise State

 

Military Bowl

Tie-In: ACC vs. American

Projection: Pitt vs. Navy

 

Music City Bowl

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Iowa vs. Tennessee

 

Montgomery

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

Projection: Troy vs. Tulane

 

Myrtle Beach Bowl

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

Projection: FAU vs. Toledo

 

New Mexico Bowl

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

Projection: San Jose State vs. UTSA

 

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. LSU

 

Pinstripe Bowl

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big Ten

Projection: Boston College vs. Maryland

 

Sun Bowl

Tie-In: ACC vs. Pac-12

Projection: Wake Forest vs. Colorado

 

Texas Bowl

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Arkansas

 

 

New Year's Six 

Cotton Bowl

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

Projection: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

 

Fiesta Bowl

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

Projection: Oregon vs. BYU

 

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: Miami vs. Florida

 

 

College Football Playoff

 

Rose Bowl (Semifinal)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Clemson vs. Ohio State

 

Sugar Bowl (Semifinal)

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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