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College Football Bowl Projections for 2021-22

Projecting every bowl and playoff games for 2021-22 after Week 8
Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Alabama is still alive for the CFB Playoff in the 2021-22 college football bowl projections. 

College football's 2021 bowl season starts on Dec. 17, but with eight weeks in the books, it’s never too early to take a peek at the potential matchups this postseason. Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and Cincinnati are projected to compete in the CFB Playoff, with the New Year's Six matchups headlined by Michigan State-Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl and Ole Miss-Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

The 2021-22 bowl schedule features 42 overall games including the national championship. Additionally, the semifinals will take place on Friday, Dec. 31 this season. The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl will host the semifinals, while the national championship will be held in the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. on Jan. 10.

A few teams just missed in our projections after Week 8, including Washington State, Syracuse, West Virginia, Rutgers, Northwestern, San Jose State, Central Michigan, Buffalo, Georgia State, South Alabama, Colorado State and Eastern Michigan.

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every bowl and playoff game in 2021 after Week 8:

College Football Bowl Projections for 2021-22

Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: Conference USA vs. MAC

Projection: FAU vs. Ball State

Cure Bowl (Dec. 17)

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

Projection: Appalachian State vs. Liberty

Boca Raton Bowl (Dec. 18)

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

Projection: UAB vs. Coastal Carolina

New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA/MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: UTEP vs. Utah State

Independence Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: BYU vs. Conference USA

Projection: BYU vs. UTSA

LendingTree Bowl (Dec. 18)

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

Projection: Miami (Ohio) vs. Troy

LA Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: Mountain West vs. Pac-12

Projection: San Diego State vs. USC

New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: Conference USA vs. Sun Belt

Projection: Marshall vs. Louisiana

Myrtle Beach Bowl (Dec. 20)

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

Projection: Charlotte vs. East Carolina

Famous Idaho Bowl (Dec. 21)

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: Kent State vs. Wyoming

Frisco Bowl (Dec. 21)

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

Projection: Nevada vs. Louisiana Tech

Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 22)

Tie-In: Big 12/C-USA/AAC/Army

Projection: TCU vs. Army

Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 23)

Tie-In: AAC/ACC/SEC

Projection: Miami vs. Memphis

Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA vs. Mountain West

Projection: SMU vs. Boise State

Camellia Bowl (Dec. 25)

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

Projection: Western Michigan vs. WKU

Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 27)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. MAC

Projection: Indiana vs. Toledo

Military Bowl (Dec. 27)

Tie-In: ACC vs. American

Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Tulsa

Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 28)

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

Projection: Mississippi State vs. Houston

First Responder Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: AAC/Big 12/C-USA/Sun Belt/MW

Projection: Texas Tech vs. Stanford

Liberty Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Iowa State vs. Tennessee

Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Dec. 28)

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Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Projection: Kansas State vs. Air Force

Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Pac-12

Projection: North Carolina vs. UCLA

Fenway Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. American

Projection: Boston College vs. UCF

Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big Ten

Projection: Louisville vs. Maryland

Cheez-It Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big 12

Projection: Wake Forest vs. Texas

Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Projection: Arizona State vs. Oklahoma State

Duke’s Mayo Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC

Projection: Virginia vs. Auburn

Music City Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Purdue vs. Arkansas

Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Projection: Oregon State vs. Minnesota

Gator Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC

Projection: Florida vs. NC State

Sun Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Pac-12

Projection: Clemson vs. Utah

Arizona Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Penn State vs. Texas A&M

Texas Bowl (Jan. 4)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Baylor vs. LSU

New Year’s Six Bowl

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Dec. 30)

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

Projection: Michigan vs. Pitt

Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1)

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

Projection: Michigan State vs. Notre Dame

Rose Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Projection: Iowa vs. Oregon

Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma

CFB Playoff

Cotton Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Orange Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Georgia vs. Cincinnati

National Championship (Jan. 10)

Location: Indianapolis, Ind.

Tie-In: Cotton Bowl Winner vs. Orange Bowl Winner

Projection: Alabama vs. Georgia

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