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College Football Bowl Projections for 2021-22

Projecting every bowl and playoff games for 2021-22 after Week 14
Georgia Football: Kirby Smart

Georgia falls in the bowl projections after Week 14

College football's 2021 bowl season starts on Dec. 17, and with 14 weeks in the books, it’s time to project the potential matchups this postseason. Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati are projected to compete in the CFB Playoff, with the New Year's Six matchups headlined by Ohio State-Utah in the Rose Bowl and Ole Miss-Baylor in the Sugar Bowl.

The 2021-22 bowl schedule features 43 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.

No teams after Week 13 are projected to miss a bowl game this postseason. On Thursday, Dec. 2, a contest was added to ensure every team with at least six victories would play in a bowl.

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every bowl and playoff game in 2021 after Week 14:

Editor's Note: Updated on Sunday, Dec. 5 to reflect completed bowl schedule

College Football Bowl Projections for 2021-22

Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: Conference USA vs. MAC

Projection: Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo

Cure Bowl (Dec. 17)

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

Projection: Coastal Carolina vs. Northern Illinois

Boca Raton Bowl (Dec. 18)

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

Projection: WKU vs. Appalachian State

New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 18)

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

Projection: UTEP vs. Fresno State

Independence Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: BYU vs. Conference USA

Projection: BYU vs. UAB

LendingTree Bowl (Dec. 18)

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

Projection: Eastern Michigan vs. Liberty

LA Bowl (Dec. 18)

Tie-In: Mountain West vs. Pac-12

Projection: Utah State vs. Oregon State

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: Old Dominion vs. Tulsa

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: San Diego State vs. UTSA

Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 22)

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

Projection: Missouri vs. Army

Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 23)

Tie-In: AAC/ACC/SEC

Projection: UCF vs. Florida

Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24)

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

Projection: Memphis vs. Hawaii

Camellia Bowl (Dec. 25)

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

Projection: Ball State vs. Georgia State

Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 27)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. MAC

Projection: Nevada vs. Western Michigan

Military Bowl (Dec. 27)

Tie-In: ACC vs. American

Projection: Boston College vs. East Carolina

Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 28)

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

Projection: Auburn vs. Houston

First Responder Bowl (Dec. 28)

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

Projection: Air Force vs. Louisville

Liberty Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Texas Tech vs. Mississippi State

Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Dec. 28)

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Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Projection: West Virginia vs. Minnesota

Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Pac-12

Projection: UCLA vs. NC State

Fenway Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. American

Projection: Virginia vs. SMU

Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big Ten

Projection: Virginia Tech vs. Maryland

Cheez-It Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big 12

Projection: Iowa State vs. Clemson

Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Projection: Oregon vs. Oklahoma

Duke’s Mayo Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC

Projection: South Carolina vs. North Carolina

Music City Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Purdue vs. Tennessee

Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Projection: Arizona State vs. Wisconsin

Gator Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC

Projection: Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest

Sun Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Pac-12

Projection: Miami vs. Washington State

Arizona Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: Central Michigan vs. Boise State

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Penn State vs. Arkansas

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Iowa vs. Kentucky

Texas Bowl (Jan. 4)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Kansas State vs. LSU

Unnamed New Bowl for 2021 (TBD)

Tie-In: Group of 5 vs. Group of 5

Projection: North Texas vs. Miami (Ohio)

New Year’s Six Bowl

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

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

Projection: Michigan State vs. Pitt

Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1)

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

Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Notre Dame

Rose Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Projection: Ohio State vs. Utah

Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Ole Miss vs. Baylor

CFB Playoff

Cotton Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Alabama vs. Cincinnati

Orange Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Georgia vs. Michigan

National Championship (Jan. 10)

Location: Indianapolis, Ind.

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

Projection: Alabama vs. Georgia