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College Football Bowl Projections for 2021-22

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

Alabama leads the way in the 2021-22 college football bowl projections. 

The 2021-22 bowl schedule features 43 overall games, and Athlon Sports is here with complete projections and predictions for all of the matchups. While the season doesn’t get underway until late August, it’s never too early to take a peek at what the bowl games could look at the conclusion of the year.

The postseason officially begins on Dec. 17 with two matchups and continues until Jan. 10 with the national championship in Indianapolis. Semifinals for the College Football Playoff take place on Dec. 31 this year, with the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl hosting matchups.

A few dates and tie-ins are unsettled for bowl games as of mid-July. However, nearly all of the information regarding the 2021-22 bowl schedule has been released. Projections will be updated as needed this offseason. How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every bowl and playoff game in 2021-22:

2021 College Football Conference Predictions

Power 5: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC | 130 Overall

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

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: UTSA vs. Tulane

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: Liberty vs. Wyoming

Independence Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: BYU vs. Conference USA

Projection: BYU vs. Louisiana Tech

LendingTree Bowl (Dec. 18)

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

Projection: Kent State vs. Troy

LA Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: Mountain West vs. Pac-12

Projection: Boise State vs. UCLA

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. Georgia State

Famous Idaho Bowl (Dec. 21)

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: Western Michigan vs. Fresno State

Frisco Bowl (Dec. 21)

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

Projection: Air Force vs. SMU

Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 22)

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

Projection: Baylor vs. Army

Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 23)

Tie-In: AAC/ACC/SEC

Projection: Pitt vs. UCF

Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24)

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

Projection: Houston vs. San Jose State

Camellia Bowl (Dec. 25)

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

Projection: Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State

Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 27)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. MAC

Projection: Minnesota vs. Toledo

Military Bowl (Dec. 27)

Tie-In: ACC vs. American

Projection: Wake Forest vs. Tulsa

Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 28)

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

Projection: Louisville vs. Mississippi State

First Responder Bowl (Dec. 28)

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

Projection: San Diego State vs. WKU

Liberty Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: West Virginia vs. Kentucky

Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Projection: Kansas State vs. Nebraska

Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28)

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Tie-In: ACC vs. Pac-12

Projection: Florida State vs. Washington

Fenway Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. American

Projection: Boston College vs. Memphis

Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big Ten

Projection: Virginia vs. Maryland

Cheez-It Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big 12

Projection: Notre Dame vs. Texas

Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Arizona State*

* Arizona State projection pending NCAA investigation.

Duke’s Mayo Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC

Projection: NC State vs. Auburn

Music City Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Michigan vs. Tennessee

Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Projection: Indiana vs. USC

Gator Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC

Projection: Miami vs. Ole Miss

Sun Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Pac-12

Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Utah

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Penn State vs. Missouri

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Iowa vs. LSU

Texas Bowl (Jan. 4)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: TCU vs. Arkansas

Arizona Bowl (TBD)

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: Ohio vs. Nevada

Redbox Bowl (TBD)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Projection: Northwestern vs. California

New Year’s Six Bowl

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

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

Projection: North Carolina vs. Florida

Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1)

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

Projection: Cincinnati vs. Texas A&M

Rose Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Projection: Wisconsin vs. Oregon

Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Iowa State vs. Georgia

CFB Playoff

Cotton Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Orange Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Clemson vs. Oklahoma

National Championship (Jan. 10)

Location: Indianapolis, Ind.

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

Projection: Alabama vs. Clemson

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