College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19

Projecting every bowl and playoff game for the season ahead

College football's 2018 season is less than 50 days away, but it’s never too early to make projections and predictions on how the bowl games and playoff pairings may look by the time the CFB Playoff selection committee meets in December. The top four teams for the fifth year of the College Football Playoff era could look similar to the final pairings from last season. Alabama and Clemson have met for three consecutive years in the CFB Playoff and a fourth matchup is projected by Athlon Sports this postseason. The Crimson Tide and Tigers are the pick to meet in the national championship game, with Ohio State and Georgia rounding out the four playoff teams. Michigan, Auburn, Washington, Miami, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Penn State and Michigan State headline the next tier of contenders.

 

The 2017-18 bowl schedule features 40 overall games including the national championship. Additionally, the semifinals will take place on Dec. 29 this season. The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host the semifinals, while the national championship will be held in Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Jan. 7. 

 

How will the postseason matchups look by December? According to Athlon's projections, Syracuse, Duke, SMU, Baylor, Old Dominion, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan, UNLV, Colorado and Washington State will be eligible. However, there are not enough spots (according to our projections) for the eligible teams. Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every bowl and playoff game in 2018:

 

2018 College Football Conference Predictions

 

Power 5: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC

 

Group of 5: American | C-USA | MAC | Mountain West | Sun Belt

 

College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19
Bowl

Date/

TV

Tie-In Projection
New Mexico Dec. 15

Mountain West vs.

C-USA

MTSU vs.

Wyoming 

Cure Dec. 15

American vs.

Sun Belt

Temple vs.

Appalachian State 

Las Vegas Dec. 15

Mountain West vs.

Pac-12

San Diego State vs.

California 

Camellia Dec. 15

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Northern Illinois vs.

Troy 

New Orleans Dec. 15

C-USA vs.

Sun Belt

Louisiana vs.

UAB 

Boca Raton Dec. 18

C-USA vs.

American

FAU vs.

USF 

Frisco Dec. 19

American vs.

At-Large

 Tulane vs.

Army 

Gasparilla Dec. 20

American vs.

C-USA/ACC

Memphis vs. 

Pitt 

Bahamas Dec. 21

C-USA vs.

MAC

 Marshall vs.

Toledo 

Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21

Mountain West vs.

MAC

Buffalo vs.

Fresno State 

Birmingham Dec. 22

American vs.

SEC

 UCF vs.

UCLA* 

Armed Forces Dec. 22

American vs. 

Big 12

Houston vs.

Kansas State 

Dollar General Dec. 22

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

Arkansas State vs.

Ohio 

Hawaii Dec. 22

Mountain West vs.

C-USA

 Southern Miss vs.

Utah State 

First Responder Dec. 26

Big Ten vs.

C-USA

North Texas vs.

Minnesota 

Quick Lane Dec. 26

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Wake Forest vs.

Indiana 

Cheez-It  Dec. 26

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

 Iowa State vs.

Utah 

Independence Dec. 27

ACC vs.

SEC

 Georgia Tech vs.

Louisiana Tech* 

Pinstripe Dec. 27

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 NC State vs.

Nebraska 

Texas Dec. 27

Big 12 vs.

SEC

 LSU vs.

TCU 

Music City Dec. 28

SEC vs.

Big Ten/ACC

 Maryland vs.

South Carolina 

Camping World Dec. 28

ACC vs. 

Big 12

 Florida State vs.

Texas 

Arizona Dec. 28

Mountain West vs.

Sun Belt

 Colorado State vs.

ULM 

Alamo Dec. 28

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

 West Virginia vs.

USC 

Belk Dec. 29

ACC vs. 

SEC

Virginia Tech vs.

Missouri 

San Francisco Dec. 31

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

Northwestern vs.

Oregon 

Military Dec. 31

American vs.

ACC

 Navy vs.

Boston College 

Liberty Dec. 31

Big 12 vs.

SEC

Oklahoma State vs.

Kentucky 

Holiday Dec. 31

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

Stanford vs.

Iowa 

TaxSlayer

Gator

Dec. 31

SEC vs.

ACC/Big Ten

 Notre Dame vs.

Texas A&M 

Sun Dec. 31

ACC vs.

Pac-12

 Arizona vs.

Louisville 

Outback Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

SEC

 Purdue vs.

Florida 

Citrus Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

SEC

 Michigan State vs.

Mississippi State 

       

New Year's Six Bowls

Chick-fil-A Peach Dec. 29

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 Miami vs.

Penn State 

Fiesta Jan. 1

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 Boise State vs.

Wisconsin 

Rose Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

 Michigan vs.

Washington 

Sugar Jan. 1

Big 12 vs.

SEC

Oklahoma vs. 

Auburn 

       

College Football Playoff

Orange Dec. 29

Playoff

Semifinal

 Clemson vs.

Georgia 

Cotton Dec. 29

Playoff 

Semifinal

 Alabama vs.

Ohio State 

       

National Championship

CFB National Championship

(Santa Clara, Calif.)

Jan. 7

Orange Winner vs.

Cotton Bowl Winner

 Alabama vs.

Clemson 

* Indicates conference not expected to fill allotted slots. At-large team will be selected to fill that spot.

 

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