College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19

Projecting every bowl and playoff game after Week 14

The start of college football’s 2018-19 bowl season is just one month away, but with Week 14 in the books and the regular season completed, it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are Athlon's projected picks after Week 14 to reach the CFB Playoff. The Crimson Tide and Tigers are a notch above the rest of the NCAA, with the Fighting Irish up next at No. 3. The No. 4 spot is a close call between Oklahoma, Georgia and Ohio State. However, we give a slight nod to the Sooners over the Bulldogs for the No. 4 spot. At 13-0 and the champion of the American Athletic Conference, UCF will be back in the New Year's Six for the second year in a row. 

 

The 2018-19 bowl schedule features 40 overall games (most airing on ESPN, ABC and CBS) 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. 

 

Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Wyoming and ULM are just on the outside of our bowl projections. 

 

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every 2018 bowl and playoff game after Week 14:

 

*NEW: Predictions for Every Bowl Game*

 

Editor's Note: This is the set bowl schedule, updated on Dec. 3 to reflect final announcement of games.

 

College Football Bowl Projections for 2018-19 (After Week 14)
Bowl

Date/

TV

Tie-In Projection
New Mexico Dec. 15

Mountain West vs.

C-USA

 North Texas vs.

Utah State 

Cure Dec. 15

American vs.

Sun Belt

 Tulane vs.

Louisiana 

Las Vegas Dec. 15

Mountain West vs.

Pac-12

 Fresno State vs.

Arizona State    

Camellia Dec. 15

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Georgia Southern vs.

Eastern Michigan   

New Orleans Dec. 15

C-USA vs.

Sun Belt

 Appalachian State vs.

MTSU  

Boca Raton Dec. 18

C-USA vs.

American

 Northern Illinois vs.

UAB   

Frisco Dec. 19

American vs.

At-Large

 San Diego State vs.

Ohio  

Gasparilla Dec. 20

American vs.

C-USA/ACC

 USF vs. 

Marshall   

Bahamas Dec. 21

C-USA vs.

MAC

 Toledo vs.

FIU    

Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21

Mountain West vs.

MAC

 Western Michigan vs. 

BYU     

Birmingham Dec. 22

American vs.

SEC

 Memphis vs. 

Wake Forest 

Armed Forces Dec. 22

American vs. 

Big 12

 Houston vs.

Army  

Dollar General Dec. 22

MAC vs.

Sun Belt

 Troy vs. 

Buffalo  

Hawaii Dec. 22

Mountain West vs.

C-USA

 Louisiana Tech vs.

Hawaii  

First Responder Dec. 26

Big Ten vs.

C-USA

 Boston College vs.

Boise State  

Quick Lane Dec. 26

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Georgia Tech vs. 

Minnesota  

Cheez-It  Dec. 26

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

 TCU vs.

California  

Independence Dec. 27

ACC vs.

SEC

 Duke vs.

Temple 

Pinstripe Dec. 27

ACC vs.

Big Ten

 Wisconsin vs.

Miami  

Texas Dec. 27

Big 12 vs.

SEC

 Vanderbilt vs.

Baylor     

Music City Dec. 28

SEC vs.

Big Ten/ACC

 Purdue vs.

Auburn    

Camping World Dec. 28

ACC vs. 

Big 12

 Syracuse vs.

West Virginia  

Arizona Dec. 28

Mountain West vs.

Sun Belt

 Nevada vs. 

Arkansas State   

Alamo Dec. 28

Big 12 vs.

Pac-12

 Iowa State vs.

Washington State  

Belk Dec. 29

ACC vs. 

SEC

 South Carolina vs. 

Virginia  

Redbox Dec. 31

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

 Oregon vs.

Michigan State  

Military Dec. 31

American vs.

ACC

Cincinnati vs.

Virginia Tech    

Liberty Dec. 31

Big 12 vs.

SEC

Oklahoma State vs.

Missouri   

Holiday Dec. 31

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

 Utah vs.

Northwestern  

TaxSlayer

Gator

Dec. 31

SEC vs.

ACC/Big Ten

 Texas A&M vs.

NC State 

Sun Dec. 31

ACC vs.

Pac-12

 Stanford vs.

Pitt  

Outback Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

SEC

 Iowa vs.

Mississippi State   

Citrus Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

SEC

 Kentucky vs. 

Penn State    

       

New Year's Six Bowls

Chick-fil-A Peach Dec. 29

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 Michigan vs.

Florida  

Fiesta Jan. 1

At-Large vs.

At-Large

 LSU vs.

UCF     

Rose Jan. 1

Big Ten vs.

Pac-12

 Ohio State vs.

Washington   

Sugar Jan. 1

Big 12 vs.

SEC

Texas vs. 

Georgia   

       

College Football Playoff

Orange Dec. 29

Playoff

Semifinal

 Alabama vs.

Oklahoma   

Cotton Dec. 29

Playoff 

Semifinal

 Clemson vs.

Notre Dame 

       

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.

 

Teams in bold have accepted a bid to bowl.

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