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College Football Bowl Projections for 2022-23

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Projecting every bowl and playoff games for 2022-23

The 2022-23 bowl schedule features 42 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 like at its conclusion.

The postseason officially begins on Dec. 16 with two matchups and continues until Jan. 9 with the national championship at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The semifinals for the College Football Playoff take place on Dec. 31 this year, with the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl hosting the matchups.

A few tie-ins are unsettled for bowl games as of late July. However, nearly all of the necessary information regarding the 2022-23 bowl schedule has been released. Projections will be updated as needed this offseason and again during the year. 

How will the postseason matchups look by December? Below are Athlon Sports' predictions for every bowl and playoff game in 2022:

2022 College Football Conference Predictions

Power 5: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC | 131 Overall

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

College Football Bowl Projections for 2022-23

Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 16)

Tie-In: Conference USA vs. MAC

Projection: FAU vs. Western Michigan

Cure Bowl (Dec. 16)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA/MAC/MW/Sun Belt

Projection: WKU vs. Liberty

Fenway Bowl (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: ACC vs. American

Projection: Virginia vs. SMU

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New Mexico (Dec. 17)

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

Projection: Utah State vs. UTSA

LA Bowl (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: Mountain West vs. Pac-12

Projection: Boise State vs. Washington State

LendingTree Bowl (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: MAC/C-USA vs. Sun Belt

Projection: Kent State vs. Appalachian State

Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: Pac-12 vs. SEC

Projection: Washington vs. LSU

Related: Ranking the Pac-12 Quarterbacks for 2022

Frisco Bowl (Dec. 17)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA/MAC/MW/Sun Belt

Projection: UTEP vs. Colorado State

Myrtle Beach Bowl (Dec. 19)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA/MAC/Sun Belt

Projection: Georgia State vs. Memphis

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 20)

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: Northern Illinois vs. Air Force

Boca Raton Bowl (Dec. 20)

Tie-In: AAC/C-USA/MAC/Sun Belt

Projection: Coastal Carolina vs. UCF

Related: Ranking All 131 College Football Teams for 2022

New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 21)

Tie-In: C-USA vs. Sun Belt

Projection: UAB vs. Louisiana

Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 22)

Tie-In: Big 12/C-USA/AAC

Projection: Houston vs. Iowa State

Independence Bowl (Dec. 23)

Tie-In: AAC vs. Army

Projection: Army vs. Tulane

Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 23)


Projection: Louisville vs. Auburn

Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24)

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

Projection: BYU vs. San Diego State

Related: College Football 2022 All-America Team

Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 26)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. MAC

Projection: Minnesota vs. Central Michigan

Camellia Bowl (Dec. 27)

Tie-In: MAC vs. Sun Belt

Projection: Marshall vs. Miami (Ohio)

First Responder Bowl (Dec. 27)

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

Projection: TCU vs. California

Related: Ranking the Pac-12 Quarterbacks for 2022

Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 27)


Projection: Mississippi State vs. Maryland*

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Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Dec. 27)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Big Ten

Projection: Kansas State vs. Nebraska

Related: Ranking All 131 College Football Teams for 2022

Military Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: ACC vs. American

Projection: Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina

Liberty Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: West Virginia vs. South Carolina

Related: Ranking Big 12 Quarterbacks for 2022

Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Pac-12

Projection: Wake Forest vs. UCLA

Texas Bowl (Dec. 28)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Texas vs. Ole Miss

Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big Ten

Projection: North Carolina vs. Purdue

Related: Ranking the Big Ten Quarterbacks for 2022

Cheez-It Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: ACC/Notre Dame vs. Big 12

Projection: Miami vs. Oklahoma

Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. Pac-12

Projection: Oklahoma State vs. Oregon

Duke's Mayo Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Big Ten

Projection: Penn State vs. Florida State

Sun Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: ACC vs. Pac-12

Projection: Boston College vs. Oregon State

Gator Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: ACC vs. SEC

Projection: Pitt vs. Florida

Related: Grading College Football's New Coach Hires for 2022

Arizona Bowl (Dec. 30)

Tie-In: MAC vs. Mountain West

Projection: Toledo vs. Fresno State

Music City Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Iowa vs. Arkansas

Reliaquest Bowl (Jan. 2)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Michigan State vs. Kentucky

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 2)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. SEC

Projection: Wisconsin vs. Tennessee

Related: Ranking the Big Ten Quarterbacks for 2022

New Year’s Six Bowls

Orange Bowl (Dec. 30)

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

Projection: NC State vs. Notre Dame

Sugar Bowl (Dec. 31)

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

Projection: Texas A&M vs. Baylor

Rose Bowl (Jan. 2)

Tie-In: Big Ten vs. Pac-12

Projection: Michigan vs. Utah

Cotton Bowl (Jan. 2)

Tie-In: Big 12 vs. SEC

Projection: Cincinnati vs. USC

CFB Playoff

Peach Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Alabama vs. Clemson

Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 31)

Tie-In: National Semifinal

Projection: Ohio State vs. Georgia

National Championship (Jan. 9)

Location: Inglewood, Calif.

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

Projection: Alabama vs. Ohio State

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*Not enough projected teams from conference to fill spot. This indicates an at-large team was selected for an open bowl slot.